After finding out that your toilet is stopped up, you may take it upon yourself to do whatever possible to get it unclogged. However, while trying to deal with your clogged toilet, make sure you avoid making the following mistakes that may only add to the problem.
Pouring Drain Cleaner Down the Toilet
If you have ever dealt with a clogged drain, you may have had success with simply pouring drain cleaner into it to bust up the clog. Because of this, you may be tempted to do the same thing to your toilet, thinking it works the same way. However, pouring drain cleaner down your toilet could cause damage to the bowl. Since the chemical reaction caused by the cleaner causes it to heat up, it could wind up cracking the porcelain bowl.
Also, since the cleaner only works if it comes into contact with the clog, it probably would not reach one that is located anywhere other than the hole. You would end up with a chemical-laden bowl of water that will make it harder to plunge without burning your skin.
If you want to safely unclog the toilet, pour a couple of cups of hot water directly from the tap into the bowl. However, do not use boiling water, as this could also crack the porcelain. The heat from the added water will warm up both the toilet water and the bowl. Hopefully, this will spread the heat to the clog to soften it up, depending on how deep inside the pipe the clog is located.
Using the Wrong Plunger
Since you cannot use drain cleaner, you will probably want to use a plunger as the old standby for unstopping the toilet. However, if you are using a regular plunger that is shaped like an open cup, you will not create enough suction because it does not seal around the hole in the toilet. Instead, use a flange plunger that has a narrowed opening. This type of plunger fits inside the hole. Once you have ensured you have a proper seal, it should create the suction you need to dislodge the clog.
Avoiding the above mistakes while trying to deal with a clogged toilet can help keep you from making the problem worse. If you are unable to unclog your toilet after multiple attempts, contact a plumber to schedule an appointment. And, if you only have one toilet, let them know so they can come to your home as soon as possible.
For more information, contact a company like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc.