You don’t have to admit , but I bet ALL of us have been in a “situation” at some point that involved a clogged toilet, and probably a lot of embarrassment. Especially if it was 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 crisis. We’re talking about a crisis situation here, people, so don’t get squeamish or bashful on me! :-)
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. If the toilet looks like it’s about to overflow and you want to avoid that (which you do), 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 can also shut off the water supply to the toilet so no more water can get into the tank or bowl. (The handle to shut off the water is usually behind the toilet, close to the floor.)
Okay, you’ve successfully avoided an overflow of the most embarrassing kind. Now what? Here’s where the “secret plumber trick” comes in:
Add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl before you attempt plunging, and you may not have to plunge at all. The heat helps to melt the fats in the “clog” & makes it more likely to flush. Let the hot water sit for a few minutes, and then use a plunger to vigorously push and pull water through the hole in the toilet bowl.
This could come in very handy if you’re facing clogged toiled situation at a friend’s house and you can’t find a plunger in the bathroom.
If you can’t find a bucket in the bathroom, look for a wastebasket. Empty out the wastebasket and fill it up with hot water from the sink or shower. Pour the hot water down the toilet carefully and the clog should be fixed in no time. (And put the wastebasket or bucket back where you found it!)
Step Three (if necessary)
If Step Two doesn’t completely take care of the problem, another option is to add some dishwashing liquid or hand soap. 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.
I would hope that the bathroom in question would have hand soap, but if it doesn’t, one 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”. :-)