Clearing a Clogged Toilet

What can I try to unclog a toilet? I have plunged it for two days, but the water still just fills up.

By Bonita

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If you've been trying a plunger without success, it usually means there is something attached to the walls of the piping, like accumulations of fats and hair, other debris, for example, creating a partial blockage. The plunging is enough to force the water to drain, but only under the applied force of the plunger-once you stop the force action everything starts to back up again.

Have you tried pouring boiling water following by a tablespoon of Dawn Dishwashing liquid down the drain to dissolve whatever is blocking the pipes? There are several different home brews you can try, hopefully someone will post a few-using a drain opener fluid like Liquid Plumber or Draino works too but trying a more eco/budget-friendly method first is best.

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If a home brew doesn't clear the blockage completely, you can try the commercial preparations, or you can buy a drain snake.

Follow the directions with the drain snake, and try clearing the blockage that way.

A drain snake is a good thing to have in your tool box and they aren't that expensive to buy anymore. There are very cheap ones in the dollar stores (USA) but for a very few dollars more you can get a good one from the D-I-Y centre. I've always had one, renter or homeowner, it came in handy with two children at home. They're grown now and have children of their own-guess what each has in their took box, lol!

I live in the UK now, and have convinced my new husband that we need one of these in our tool kit:)

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There are at least 2 kinds of plungers-the red ones with a "bowl" shaped head, and black ones with a sort of bowl and rounded nub on it-the latter work best. Use it and if the bowl contues to drain and then fill turn off the water (handle/know should be just below tank. Plinge to get as much water as pssible out of toilet. Then pour in either a good handful of baking soda followed by cheap white vinegar, allow to work for 20-30 min, add more vinegar (this will foam but is not at all harmful to you, repeat as needed.

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Then try letting water back in, plunge again and it should clear. Or again, plunge to empty, turn off water etc. pour in soem liquid dish soap followed by a kettle of boiling water. (Don't burn yourself on the steam!) Repeat as above w/ vinegar and soda. This works for me and I have never had to call a plumber. However, if the blockage is a GI-Joe, legos, or Barbie apparel you'll need to catch it with a snale or call a plumber.

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