Many homeowners and renters know that plumbing can be unpredictable; it does not matter if the plumbing is new, clogs can occur at anytime and it is best to treat them right away. Homeowners and renters also know that owning a plunger is important whenever there is a bathroom in the house.
Leaks can result from a clogged toilet, which can cause water damage to the bathroom and create a giant mess. Avoiding water damage should be your top priority since water damage ruins the homes of nearly 1 million families every year (source). Not to mention, the costly price that you will have to pay, which can be from $5,000-$70,000 depending on the damage. In addition, approximately 23% of all homeowner property damage in the United States is caused by water damage. Therefore, it is best to be informed on ways to avoid any forms of leakage and water damage.
So, if you ever find yourself in a bathroom with no plunger or are too embarrassed to ask for one, no worries because it is possible to unclog a toilet without a plunger and save yourself or your friend from a hefty bill to pay.
Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger – The Process
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Make you sure you gather everything necessary materials before starting the process. There are substitutes that you will have to look for, if you are unable to locate these items in your home.
Here is what you will need:
- Hot water
- Dish soap
- A bucket
Step 1: Fill the bucket with hot water.
Locate a bucket and fill it with hot water, make sure the water is not boiling. Keep that near as you will come back to that again after step 2 and if you do not have a bucket you can use cups.
Step 2: Pour a generous amount of dish soap into the toilet.
The dish soap will help to dissolve what is causing the clog and help it to flow down the pipes with ease. If dish soap is unavailable, you can use bits of bar soap as a substitute. Although bar soap is not as effective as dish soap, it still may get the job done.
Step 3: Pour some hot water into the toilet.
Make sure not to put too much in, enough to activate the soap is advised. Do not overflow the toilet because that can result in damage and an unwanted mess. Wait several minutes and you should see the water breaking apart the clog and the soap will help it slide down the pipe.
Repeat steps if necessary. Give the toilet a flush and your toilet should successfully be unclogged. You may want to flush a couple times after to get rid of the soap residue that may be left over.
When The Clog is Gone
Unclogging a toilet without a plunger may take longer, but when a plunger is not available there is no other option. After you complete this process, you may want to have a plumber come and inspect your piping as an extra precaution.
If your toilet is more prone to being clogged then you should spend the money on having it fixed as opposed to the bill you will have to pay for what seems like would be inevitable water damage. After you have it checked, you may want to start having a plumber stop by your house every once in awhile to make sure everything is still up to date.
Preventing Clogs in The Future
You will want to reduce the amount of clogs you have in the future and here are some tips:
- Only flush human waste and toilet paper. Do not flush items such as facial tissue, wet toilette, or women hygienic products.
- Limit the amount of toilet paper being flushed at one time.
- Keep the toilet tank clear
Ultimately, your priority should be to avoid water damage and to keep your home in good condition. Informing yourself on ways to minimize water damage in your home is the smartest thing to do. Just follow the steps above and whether you are at your house or a friend’s, you won’t have to leave the bathroom embarrassed with a mess on the floor because you now have a way to unclog a toilet without a plunger in just 3 easy steps.
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