Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
When you have a toilet emergency, you are going to have to figure out how to get rid of the clog. If you can't get rid of it, you may have to call a plumber to handle the problem. However, there are some things that you can do on your own.
One of the things that you can do is use a wire hanger. Push together the sides of the hanger so that you can use it as a handle, while still keeping the hook at the end. Then, stick the wire hanger down into the drain of your toilet, hook first; you should probably wear gloves when you do this. The goal is to use the hook to snag whatever happens to be blocking the pipes and pull it out. Even if you can't pull it out, just poking around in the pipes may help to break up the clog.
Hot Water and Dish Soap
Another thing that you can try is using some dish soap and hot water. Pour dish soap, shampoo, or body wash down into the toilet. The soap is going to be heavier than the water in the toilet. There are things called surfactants in the soap that can help with the clog. The surfactants are designed to make things slippery, and they can help break down oils and greases. Pour soap down into the toilet and let it sit for a while; that will let the soap work on the clog and help to make it slippery so it will break it down. Then, pour boiling water down into the toilet. The boiling water should help move everything along. Once you have done that, you can try plunging the toilet again to see if you can move the blockage along.
No one wants to deal with a clogged toilet. There are things that you can do to try and fix it. If you aren't able to fix it on your own, or you are pretty sure that it's above your skill level, you can call a plumber and have them come out as soon as possible. The longer the clog stays in your pipes, the harder it's going to be to dislodge. You can reach out to an emergency plumber in your area for more information, or if the matter is urgent. A plumber can help if your DIY attempts have not been met with success.