OK…you don’t have to admit it…but I bet ALL of us have been in a “situation” before involving a clogged toilet that has been on the embarrassing side. Especially when it’s somebody else’s toilet! Yikes!
Well, I am here to give you at least a little peace of mind in this area. I’m going tell you the “secret” to getting yourself out of a “messy” situation when a plunger isn’t at hand and you’re in a crisis situation.
Now keep in mind…this isn’t SCIENCE…but based on the over 50 comments I read on an article posted at “The Art of Manliness”…it’s success rate is quite high.
HELP! Toilet is not flushing as it should! Water is rising! What do you do first? Take the lid off the tank as quickly as possible and close the toilet flapper.
The toilet flapper allows water to flow from the toilet tank into the toilet bowl so if the toilet looks like it’s about to overflow and you want to avoid possible embarrassment then you should close the toilet flapper as quickly as possible to prevent any more water from getting into the toilet bowl. If you really want to be safe you’ll also want to shut off the water supply to the toilet so no more water can get into the toilet tank or toilet bowl.
OK…you’ve at least avoided an overflow of the most embarrassing kind. Now what? Here’s the “secret plumber trick” that plumber’s have been keeping from us for centuries! (I just made that up.) ADD HOT WATER! Add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl before you attempt plunging, and you may not have to plunge at all. After you pour the hot water in, let it sit for a few minutes. The heat melts the fats in the “clog” & makes it all more flushable. This could come in very handy if you happen to clog a toilet at a friends house and you don’t want to face the embarrassment of asking for a plunger.
If after surveying your surroundings you can’t find a bucket….look for a wastebasket. Empty out the wastebasket (people rarely keep a lot of garbage in their bathroom wastebasket) and fill it up with hot water from the sink. (Or you can fill up the basket from the shower head for quicker results.) Pour the hot water down the toilet carefully and the clog should be fixed in no time.
Step Three (if necessary):
If Step Two doesn’t completely take care of the problem…another option is to add some dishwashing liquid. Just squirt two or three seconds worth down the toilet, wait a little while, then flush. (But be ready to grab the flapper in the event it was unsuccessful!) The soap helps “break up” the clog as well.
Of course if you happen to be in the above-mentioned scenario (in a house other than your own), asking the homeowner for a bottle of dishwashing liquid might be even more embarrassing (and suspicious) than asking for a plunger. lol. So another commenter suggests grabbing a bottle of shampoo from the shower, squirting some in the toilet and letting it sit for as long as possible. It will often loosen and clear clogs all on it’s own. (And when you’re done, the bathrooom smells shampoo-fresh.)
Now you know “the secret” to dealing with a clogged toilet like a pro! Hopefully this valuable nugget of information will save us all from any future embarrassing “situations”. :-)