5 ways to unclog the toilet


We have all more or less dealt with the unpleasant situation of a clogged toilet or a clogged toilet drain.  Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου can fix every clog in your house quickly and effectively. It is still something that can happen in most homes and apartments. It will be good to know how to unclog it ourselves in order to avoid the expenses for plumbing but also the uncomfortable situation we are in when we do not have access to our toilet.

Toilet unclog with a plunger

It is probably one of the most common methods for unclogging the toilet as it is very effective, economical and the plunger is one of the essential bathroom accessories. An obstruction plunger costs less than 5 dollars and is capable of unclogging a large percentage of obstructions. It works by creating pressure from the air inside the suction cup, which is injected into the pipe and presses any objects stuck in them. With five to ten repetitions the plunger can unclog the toilet bowl, you can find it in all supermarkets and we recommend alcohol disinfection after use so as to avoid bacterial infections.

1. Flush the toilet with hot water

Also a very well known way to flush the toilet bowl is hot water. It is not as effective as using a suction cup but it can clear small blockages. Put 3 to 5 liters of water in a saucepan and boil it until you see steam which means the water is close to 100 degrees. It is very important to let the pot cool for 2 to 3 minutes so that the water temperature drops to 70 to 80 degrees. The reason we do this is that very hot water can damage plastic pipes, especially those of older construction. Pour the water into the basin and wait for a few minutes until they soften possible objects that are inside the pipes.

2. Use dishwasher liquid

In many cases we can achieve the dismantling of the toilet with dishwashing detergent. Strange as it may seem, it is possible and especially effective when the blockage is local and from soft objects, such as baby wipes. Pour about half a bottle of detergent into the basin in combination with hot water  and leave it for a few minutes so that it penetrates between objects and pipes and helps them to slide.

3. Toilet unclogging with wire

Another alternative is to use hard wire to block the pelvis. This is quite effective especially when the blockage comes from small objects that have accidentally fallen into the toilet and are not soft, such as various plastic wrappers. The wire on which the clothes are spread is ideal for this job but in case we do not have such we can use a wire hanger, after cutting it and straightening it with pliers. Press the wire into the toilet, shake it right and left until you find the point of obstruction.

Extra tip: If your toilet is not just clogged and the water level has started to rise then the first thing you need to do is turn off the water supply so that it stops before it reaches the point of overflowing.

4. Chemical products

There are many products on the market but also those that we have in our house which we can use to block the toilet. What these products have in common is that they contain acids that help break down non-water soluble objects. For example, we can unclog the toilet with baking soda and vinegar, add 150 to 200 grams of baking soda and about the same amount of vinegar to the toilet bowl. Leave them to act for 15 to 20 minutes and pour a saucepan with 3 to 5 liters of hot water as above.

5. With food film and self-adhesive tape

This is one of the most clever ways to unclog the toilet but you need to have a lot of confidence in what you are doing. There are hundreds of videos in which we can see exactly how it is done. As a first step, lift the lid, then cover the basin with cling film, which we carefully glue to the ends with adhesive tape, thus creating a tight lid in the bowl from which no water can escape. Even if our toilet is clogged we pull the toilet bowl as the water rises and pushes the food film upwards, we use our hands to push the film down. This acts as a huge suction cup putting too much pressure on anything stuck in the pipes.

+ Trust an experienced plumber

If you can’t deal with the unclogging of the toilet or the toilet drain or you don’t have the time, call Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου. They provide you with the best services in the field of unblocking and disinfection in Athens and throughout Greece at the most competitive market prices.

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