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Be Your Home’s Hero And Unblock A Clogged Toilet!

Unclog That Clogged Toilet

We’ve all been in that situation—equal parts frustrating, frightening, and embarrassing—when we’re faced with a clogged toilet and be the one who caused it. Try as we might, we can’t get the water to flush properly, and time’s running out. It’s bad enough when we’re alone, but all the more dicey when we have guests over or if we live with other people—and even worse when the clogged toilet is caused by us at one of our host’s washroom! So before you panic, start flushing madly (a terrible idea, by the way!), and flood the room, remember HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning’s quick (and dirty) tips on unblocking toilets and saving the day:

Clogged Toilet Tips We Recommend

If you’ve got the time, remember to slap on a pair of rubber gloves and prep the area around the clogged toilet with newspaper or paper towels. You don’t want to make an even bigger mess, and nobody wants to be shoving bare hands down a drain. Wait until the water level drops as much as possible before getting busy. If you have a real problem with excess water—and you have access—you can always turn off the water supply while working.

Suck it up and get it there. Seriously—use your gloved hand to try to dislodge what’s causing the blockage. It can be gross, but it’s sometimes effective.

Use a plunger. Sometimes all it takes is assiduousness, pumping up and down ten, fifteen, or twenty times, so don’t give up after a few feeble pumps. It’s worth a shot! Make sure the clogged toilet actually has water in it, or this method won’t work, and always wash your plunger off when finished. Purchase a plunger that’s actually designed for this task, with a small nozzle-like protrusion that fits into the drain (as opposed to the flat variety).

Try soap and water. Squirt a few drops of liquid dish soap into the bowl; then pour hot water from a few feet above the surface. This pressure and grease dissolving combination might force the water down and dislodge the drain. Be careful not to burn yourself while trying this out.

Hang in there. Grab a coat hanger, unravel it, and use it as a long, toilet-unclogging wand (bend it into a snake-shape). Try to dislodge obstructing masses and employ a circular motion for extra efficiency. If you can wrap a small rag or piece of fabric around the business end of the hanger, this might work even better, but make sure it’s attached securely (or you’ll just be adding to the problem).

Get cooking. Just kidding—but you can raid your kitchen for baking soda and vinegar, which make a great de-clogging combination. Add a cup of soda, then a cup of vinegar, and wash it all down with a pot of very hot water.

Use a commercial drain-cleaning product. If you opt for this method, always go for eco-friendly products. Our plumbers use GES+ Grease Eliminator and Drain Treatment, as well as Drain Blast Drain Fly Eliminator. These products are biodegradable, non-toxic, non-pathogenic, kill foul odours, and are free of pesticides and poisons. You don’t want to harm your plumbing system—or the environment—with harmful chemical products.

Out Of Options?

The final step in this fretful process should always be to call your local plumbing service, HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning! If you can’t get the job done using one of the methods above, there’s no need to worry; you’re clogged toilet isn’t blocked forever. We’ll be happy to help you out whenever you’re having trouble, night or day, seven days a week. Don’t let another clogged toilet cause you any discomfort—let us be your drainage experts and bathroom saviours!

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