If a toilet begins to fill up with water in the bowl instead of draining it away, there is a good chance that it is blocked. The #1 tool to use when a toilet becomes blocked is a plunger. In most circumstances, careful plunging will dislodge the blockage and allow the bowl to drain.
For difficult blockages, a plumbing auger can be used to dislodge the clog.
Remember to clean the bowl as needed after removing the blockage to have a sanitary experience.
There are times, however, when neither tool can get the job done. What can be used to unblock a toilet then? Here are the best options.
1. Use a Build-up Remover.
If air becomes trapped within the drain of the toilet, waste can stick to the sides and dry. Over time, this waste builds up until a tough clog develops. Using a build-up remover in the toilet once per quarter can help to prevent slow flushes and troublesome blockages.
2. Try a Natural Method.
Several natural methods can be used to remove a toilet blockage. Vinegar, baking soda, and even hot water with dish soap have all been used successfully to clear a toilet.
3. Use a Wire Hanger.
If you don’t have access to a plumbing auger, then try using a wire hanger. Twist the hanger apart and bend it so that it becomes a long, straight piece of wire. Then use it carefully to work on the blockage. Be careful with this method as the ceramic of the toilet bowl can scratch easily.
4. Suck it Out.
If you have a wet/dry vacuum in your garage or shop, it may be able to remove the blockage for you. Remove the water in the bowl and then place the hose down the drainage point. This method can be particularly effective if the blockage is being caused by a foreign object. Even if the hose doesn’t suck up the blockage into the bin or bag, the suction can attach the item so it can be removed.
5. Make a Toilet Bomb.
Bake up a combination of dish detergent, Epsom salts, and baking soda. Allow them to dry and then use them later in your toilet.
When your toilet becomes blocked, a plunger will often be your best friend. If it can’t get the job done, then try these alternatives to get that toilet working again.