Due to the environmental and health hazards associated with chemical drain cleaners, it is imperative to look for sustainable alternatives to clogged toilets. Most clogged toilets are slow drainers which indicate that your toilet drain is partially plugged. Here, we will be discussing some of the eco‐friendly solutions to toilet clogs.
Allow Some Time
When someone uses too much toilet paper at a single time, the toilet can become clogged. If this is the case, allow the toilet to sit overnight. It only needs a little time for the toilet paper to break down while sitting in the water trap. You may flush the toilet again the following day. This is not a feasible option if you only have one toilet in your home.
Use the Plunger
Studies have revealed that about 90 percent of clogged toilets can be resolved using a plunger. Choose a plunger that has a flange on the rubber bell‐shaped end. This type of plunger has been designed to fit toilets allowing you to deliver more plunging power. Ensure that the plunger fits properly, sealing the toilet drain. While maintaining the seal, plunge in and out vigorously. The plunger must be covered with water to maintain the seal. You may repeat these actions until you clear the clog.
Utilize a Plumber’s Snake
If a plunger is not enough, then you need a more serious tool called the plumber’s snake. The cheapest snake will do the job, but might cause scratches on the toilet bowl. Higher quality snakes are more safe to use for your bowl.
Hot Water plus Dish Soap
Filling the bowl with hot water is a quicker way to unclog the toilet. Pour a tablespoon of dish soap into the toilet bowl before pouring hot water. The dish soap will loosen the clog as well as the dirt. Do not use boiling water to avoid causing the toilet bowl to crack. The force of water and heat should be enough to break up the clog.
Replace Your Toilet
In some cases, toilet clogs are associated with its age. Old and worn out toilets may cause it to be clogged. If your toilet keeps clogging or flushing poorly after doing the solutions above, you might need to replace it. You need to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when replacing a toilet to prevent any problems arising from faulty installation.
On rare occasions, severe clogs may require professional attention so don’t hesitate to contact a local plumber as soon as possible.