Unclogging a Toilet?

My son-in-law used the toilet and when he flushed it got clogged. It finally went down, however, it is not flushing properly and there is some gurgling. Now I know that there must be some blockage down in the pipe somewhere. We have flushed numerous times and I have even plunged numerous times, but it just isn't sounding like it should. I have the type of toilet that has two sides to press when you flush and it goes down really fast and hard. So I know that it's not doing what it should be doing. I don't have a snake; is there something else I can do or use to break up a huge poop?

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January 3, 20171 found this helpful
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I have had good results using Dawn dish detergent and a kettle of hot water. Pour about 1/2 cup Dawn in the bowl and let it sit for 15 minutes. Bring a kettle of water to a boil and pour the hot water in the toilet. Use the plunger if needed. It has worked for me.

I believe these water saving toilets do not put enough water in the drain to carry all the toilet paper to the septic tank. I see a lot of plungers in bathrooms now and I have seen lots of complaints of toilets getting stopped up.

If you can see the clog, break a switch off a bush and use it to push the clog through.

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If you don't have Dawn you can use any dish soap or shampoo.

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Have you tried draino? I would try that or another idea, if you want to use less chemicals is to pour down some RID-X, which is the bacteria used to eat the solids in a septic tank, It will eat organic solids in the clogged pipe as well.

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I would try some Rid-X first. Then perhaps borrow a drain snake from a friend or see if the local hardware store does inexpensive rentals.

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

I use baking soda and vinegar on any sluggish or stopped up drain and used it in toilets many years ago.

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Caution: Very dangerous fumes - do not use baking soda or vinegar if you have previously used any chemical like Drano.

1. It is best if the bowl is only about half full as this solution does have a foaming action.
2. Pour ½ to 1 cup (or a small box) of baking soda directly into the commode.
3. Have vinegar (any kind I use white) ready and very slowly begin to pour into the bowl. Pour slowly as it will create a foaming action and could overflow. You can add up to a gallon if necessary as you need that foaming action.
4. Let it sit for an hour or so before trying to flush.
5. If still a problem then you might try using Dawn and adding hot (not boiling) water let sit before flushing.

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