Having toilet overflowing all over your home is not fun for anyone. Plumbing is a very complicated but delicate system. There are so many ways to clog your toilet, sink, and even your tub. Taking precautions can save you a nasty mess.
How can you prevent toilet overflowing?This might sound like common sense but you really should not flush anything that is not toilet paper. Anything can clog your toilet and cause extensive damage. Watch little children when they are in the bathroom. Do not flush tampons or pads. Do not flush wipes unless they say flushable. If you notice that your toilet struggles to flush or takes longer to refill, you should assess the problem before it becomes worse.
How to unclog a toilet without a plunger?Sometimes a plunger is not the best option when it comes to unclogging a toilet. Here are some ways to do it yourself at home.
- Baking soda and vinegar. As you know when mixed together they often fizz. When mixed together in a toilet bowl they can break down the clog. Let sit for abut an hour before trying to flush.
- A wire hanger. Unravel it and wrap one end with a rag, pod it with some force at the clog. This could ultimately push it where it needs to go.
- If you do not have baking soda and vinegar, try Epsom salts. They create a similar fizzing reaction to break down clogs.
- Hot water and dish soap. Not boiling but hot water can break down the clog as the dish soap helps it slide down the pipes.
- Drain cleaner is not recommended due to the chemicals but if it is all you have it can eat away a clog for you. Just read the label before use.
- Lastly, wait on it. Toilets have their own level of pressure and sometimes they just need time to relieve the clog by itself.