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Most of us have dealt with clogged toilets more than once in our lives. When you notice a clog, your initial instinct might be to grab a plunger. However, it might not be available to you at the moment, or it might not be working effectively. In that case, there are still some methods you can try for clogged toilet repair. In this article, we will discuss some of these methods.


  • To prevent any type of overflow, turning off the water supply before you try any methods might be beneficial. Most of the time, the valves are around the toilet's base.
  • You are going to be dealing with waste, and unfortunately, coming into contact with waste means you may be exposed to harmful bacteria and germs. So, to protect your health, we advise you to wear gloves.
  • In addition to coming into direct contact with the waste, dealing with the smell of it can also be dangerous. For this, we advise properly ventilating the area before and during the procedure. You can do this by opening the windows or simply turning on the bathroom’s vent.

Another common option for homeowners when plungers aren’t available are drain cleaners. However, please keep in mind that the harsh chemicals inside the drain cleaners can seriously damage your plumbing pipes. Instead, you can try these methods.

Hot Water

Hot water is one of the best methods out there if you don’t have a plunger. You can either warm up the water on the stove or try to get it from your bathroom sink. While it heats up, put on your gloves and try to scoop out the water with a plastic cup from the toilet bowl to avoid overflow. Make sure the water isn’t boiling, then pour it down the toilet. Wait a few minutes, and most likely, the clog will be solved. If not, then you can try the other methods.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

To try this method, you must make sure the toilet bowl isn’t completely full. You can try to scoop out the water from the bowl again before this. Pour down one cup of vinegar down the drain, and after this, pour in one cup of baking soda. Together, they will create a chemical solution that can loosen the clog. After this, you can also add hot water and wait around half an hour.

Wire Hanger

You may not have access to a plunger or a drain snake, but you can actually make one of your own. All you need is a wire coat hanger. Simply unwind the hanger until it is straight, then send it down the drain and try to locate the blockage. You may have to make some twists and turns to find the right angle. After you find the clog, gently push it, and then, as you see the water draining, turn on the shutoff valve and flush the remaining water.

Reliable Plumbers In Your Area

If you’ve tried all of these methods and still haven’t received any results, you can call the professional plumbers at New Era Plumbing & Septic. Sometimes, when clogs don’t get resolved easily, it might indicate a bigger problem that may require a toilet replacement. To know if that is the case, call our professionals and schedule your appointment.


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