How to Unclog Toilet Clogged with Flushable Wipes
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already suffered through the frustration of a clogged toilet. And if flushable wipes caused that clog, then you know just how difficult they can be to get rid of. But don’t despair!
You can do a few things to unclog that toilet and get things flowing again.
First, try using a plunger. If the clog is small, then the plunger may be enough to dislodge it and get things moving again. Just make sure that you cover the entire opening of the toilet bowl with the plunger so that you can create enough suction. Pump the plunger up and down a few times before giving it a final push and holding it for a few seconds. You know you’ve gotten rid of the clog if the water drains.
But what happens if you don’t have this trusty device at your disposal? Here’s how to unclog a toilet without a plunger:
Toilet Auger May Work
If the plunger doesn’t work, then you can try using a toilet auger. This tool is specifically designed for unclogging toilets and can be very effective in doing that. Just insert the auger into the toilet bowl and push it down until you feel resistance.
Then turn the handle in a clockwise direction. The auger will bear through the clog and hopefully clear a path for the water to flow through.
You can try using a drain snake if you don’t have a toilet auger. This is a long, flexible piece of metal with a spiral end that you can insert into the toilet bowl to try to break up the blockage.
Feed the drain snake into the toilet bowl, using as much force as possible to get it through the blockage. Once you feel the snake hit the blockage, start twisting it in a clockwise motion. This will help break up the clog so water can flow through more easily.
Chemical Drain Opener
If none of these methods works, you can try using a chemical drain cleaner. Be very careful with this method, as the chemicals can be very caustic and damage your toilet if used incorrectly. Only use a drain cleaner as a last resort and always follow the directions on the bottle carefully.
Pour the drain cleaner into the toilet bowl, being very careful not to splash any on yourself or on the surrounding area. Let it sit for the time specified on the bottle, and then flush the toilet to see if the clog has been removed. If not, repeat the process.
DIY Clog Removal Remedies
Toilet clogs seem to happen at the most inopportune times and can disrupt your daily routine. Luckily, you can try a few things before calling a plumber. Certain home remedies can be effective in dislodging a clog.
One of the simplest things you can try is boiling water. Boil a pot of water and carefully pour it down the toilet bowl. Be sure to pour slowly, so the boiling water doesn’t crack the porcelain. Hot water can help to break up the clog and get things moving again.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If boiling water doesn’t do the trick, you can try a baking soda and vinegar mixture. First, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then, add a cup of vinegar and plug the drain. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before flushing with hot water.
If you still can’t seem to get the clog out, then you may need to call a professional plumber for help.
At Sunrise Heating & Plumbing, we’re here to help with all your plumbing needs, including unclogging toilets clogged with flushable wipes. Call us at 616-293-9326, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. Our experienced team of professionals can help get your toilet unclogged and flowing freely again in no time.