As the cost of living continues to rise, British families are finding ways to cut their bills. One way to do this is to do some household chores yourself, like unclogging the toilet when it’s clogged.
Home improvement experts Evolving Home have shared ways for families to unclog their toilets using cheaper and easier alternatives to hiring a plumber.
The first thing to do if your toilet is clogged, according to Evolving Home, is to use a flanged plunger.
These have a smaller cup on the end, designed to fit inside a typical toilet drain. Use rubber gloves to place the plunger directly into the toilet bowl so that it covers the drain and seals to create a vacuum.
Then push the plunger in slowly, then pull it out completely. Do this two or three times to help dislodge the clog, before flushing the toilet.
The natural products usually found in household cupboards can work wonders on a clogged toilet, and they’re also cheaper and more environmentally friendly than chemical solutions.
Chemical solutions can even damage toilets, according to Evolving Home.
Experts have advised using vinegar and baking soda as a toilet opener.
All owners need to do is mix one cup of baking soda with two cups of water in a container, before pouring it directly into the toilet.
This allows the baking soda to disperse more evenly through the toilet pipes.
Next, pour two cups of vinegar down the toilet and wait 20 minutes to half an hour for the mixture to work on the clog, before flushing the toilet.
The last resort for unclogging a toilet is to perform a slightly more expensive alternative, Evolving Home said.
This method works for extremely stubborn blockages and involves the use of a wet and dry vacuum.
These are designed to work with water and other liquids, as your regular vacuum won’t be up to the task.
Start by placing the nozzle of the wet vacuum cleaner in the toilet bowl and turning it on to remove standing water from the toilet.
Then wrap the outside of the vacuum nozzle with an old washcloth to avoid scratching the toilet.
Place the vacuum against the toilet drain so that it forms a plunger-like seal and turn it on – this should finally remove the blockage from the pipe and allow your toilet to flush smoothly again.