How To Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

This is a simple and easy way to get a toilet to flush fully without using a plunger. It works about 70% of the time. Also use this technique if you THINK the toilet might clog (you can see the signs if things are not going down the way they should). If your toilet always plugs, it could be the sign of something wrong with the wax O-ring under the toilet, or a sign that the toilet is cracked somewhere. 

  1. Determine whether there is room for enough water to flush the toilet. This process relies on flushing the toilet. If the water is up to the rim. It won't work. If there is enough water to flush the toilet, then proceed to step 2.
  2. Flush the toilet while tapping "smartly" on the toilet bowl with your foot. Don't kick the toilet bowl yet don't be too gentle. A nice "TAP TAP TAP" will do. It doesn't matter whether you use bare feet or shoes (shoes work slightly better) -- both will work.
  3. If you have a toilet that continues to pour water in the bowl while you hold the handle, continue to hold the handle down. Use your judgement on when to let go. If, by holding the handle, you prevent the flush cycle (on newer toilets or toilets with newer internal flushing systems), then let go of the handle.
  4. Continue to tap smartly against the bowl until everything clears. Strange as it may seem, just when you think the technique isn't going to work (like 10 seconds after the flush cycle is ended) everything goes down smoothly.
  5. If it doesn't work, try again. But only if there is enough room for water to safely flush the toilet. If not, I'm sorry, but you'll have to plunge.
  6. Use this technique as soon as you think there might be a problem. The best time to use this technique is on the very first flush if you think everything won't go down or you see things not proceeding smoothly down the waste pipe.

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Author:R Slayton