No Plunger? No Problem! Here’s How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
May 22nd, 2017 | Mitch Wright Company | Uncategorized
You never know when a rogue toy or clump of toilet paper is going to clog your toilet. When it happens, most of us would probably just opt for a plunger. But what do you do if it’s the middle of the night and you don’t have one? If you’re up a creek without a plunger, here’s a trick that should help you get water flowing freely again.
(PSA: this hack will only work on a toilet that’s not overflowing. So if water is coming out of the toilet, it may be time to call the professionals.)
Step 1: Lubricate the bowl.
Squirt a generous amount of dish soap or conditioner into your toilet. You can also break up a bar of soap and put the pieces into the bowl.
Step 2: Add hot water.
Add a gallon of warm (but not boiling) water to the bowl.
Step 3: Wait and watch.
After a few minutes, the hot water should start to break up the toilet paper while the detergent will help it slide through the pipes.
Step 4: Grab a hanger.
If you don’t notice anything happening, you may have to repeat steps 1 and 2. If you still don’t see any movement, it may be time to get creative. Grab a wire hanger and unravel it. Then, gently push it down into the pipe and see if you can move the debris.
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