After plunging that toilet for hours, with no immediate results, many people feel the next best thing to do is to get a hold of a professional plumber. Before emptying out your pockets on professional services, there are a few things you can try that just may help unblock your toilet. As long as there is not an object (such as a toy, which is pretty common in a family household) blocking the pipes, Dawn dish washing liquid just may do the trick.
Although using Dawn dish washing liquid to unclog a toilet seems silly, this method has worked for many people when trying to get the toilet to flush again. Below, you will find simple instructions that will hopefully help you with plunging problems.
1. Turn the water off to the toilet. The valve is usually located directly behind the toilet. Once the water is turned off, try to get rid of as much excess and water that is left over in the bowl. Make sure you wear gloves and cover the floor around the toilet to avoid splashes of mucky water.
2. Once the water level is down, pour about 1/2 of a cup or more of dish washing liquid, if needed, in the toilet. Let this sit for an hour or two. I prefer to use the blue kind. Other people have reported successes using different types of laundry detergent as well.
3. After the Dawn liquid has sat for an hour or two, take a bigger pot (a few quarts) and fill it with hot water. Some people recommend using boiling water, however, your run the risk of cracking the toilet bowl or melting the wax ring on the toilet. Take the hot water and pour it in the toilet.
4. After the hot water is mixed with the Dawn liquid, try to flush. Hopefully this will loosen up what is clogging your toilet. If there is not much success, try to do a few hard suctioned, slow plunges. In many cases, this will unclog your toilet and make it flush properly.
5. Lastly, don’t forget to turn your water back on. Give it a few flushes to ensure the water levels and pressure are all working properly.
If steps 1-5 are not working, you can try to repeat the methods. Sometimes it will work after a second coating of Dawn liquid. If there still is no success, it may be time to call a plumber. There may be something blocking the path in the pipes that will not dissolve. At this point, try not to plunge the toilet anymore. It may just jam the “object” further in the pipes, causing more problems. In most cases, however, if it is just waste or tissue like products blocking the pipes, dish washing liquid should do the trick.