It is a complete nightmare situation: You are in a public toilet (it could be in work, a restaurant, or even when you are at the AFL corporate box), you attempt to flush the toilet, and nothing happens. You try again: still nothing. You attempt a third time, and hold your breath and cross your hands and begin to pray as you wait and watch, but it just won’t return.
In the event that you were at home, it would be NBD—you might grab a plunger and get to unclogging, and wouldn’t need to think about completely embarrassing yourself in front of coworkers or complete strangers. But if you’re out and about, and someone is knocking on the door behind you, things are not so straightforward. What are the things that you have to do if you clog a public toilet?
First of all: Do not panic. The situation might appear hopeless especially in commercial venues such as the Melbourne stadium where you can’t call for help), however, you do have choices… You just may need to get creative. Here is what you could do to unclog a toilet in an emergency, other than going back in time and choosing a different stall.
1. SWITCH OFF THE WATER.
The only thing worse than a toilet bowl that is clogged is a clogged, overflowing toilet (which may potentially be the worst thing on earth). To be sure that does not occur, reach behind the toilet bowl and twist the silver metal knob to the “off” position, which will prevent more water from flowing into the bowl.
2. SEE IF THERE ARE ANY PRODUCTS HANDY.
Based on where you are, there might be toilet bowl cleaner, or possibly a plunger, concealed in a cupboard or underneath the sink. If you can locate drain cleaner, then pour it in and let it sit for a couple of minutes to clear the clog (simply check first that it is toilet-compatible, as not all drain cleaners are). On the other hand, if what you find is a plunger; then that is great. Below are tips to use the plunger correctly:
- Be sure you can get good suction between the plunger and the bathroom, which is exactly what blocked drain specialists call a “good seal”
- Use a plunger to pull and push in repetitive motion with controlled force. Ensure you don’t exert too much force, otherwise, you will break the connection between the plunger and the bowl, which will create even more of a disgusting mess.
If you find that the water start to move, it is a fantastic sign—this means that the clog is moving along when the bowl is draining. Turn the water on, permit the tank to fill, and flush down everything. Give it a second flush simply to ensure everything is clean and clear and under control.
3. RUN THE HOT WATER IN SINK
This trick can work for a clogged toilet at someone else’s place or your own, however, it’s undoubtedly the most helpful for those of us who snore easily when we’re away from the homestead. To get things moving again, someone had suggested that you are likely to need some hot water to pour in the toilet bowl.
But the sink will probably require a while to warm up and give you water that’s hot enough to be helpful. Thus, get it operating at maximum warmth.
4. TRY THE SOAP AND WATER Technique.
For most scenarios, at this point it’s ideal to just jump to the last — but if you’re committed to seeing this through or are genuinely terrified of alerting anyone else to the problem (maybe you’re on a first date or even a new environment), you can attempt this hack. Squeeze hand soap or dish detergent to the bowl. After that, pour as much hot water to the bowl as you can (you’ll have to scout for a bucket, cup, bowl, or other receptacle to move the water in the sink to the toilet bowl). The force from the water could be enough to have the clog down on its own; otherwise, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. The soap will work to divide a few of the fat in the clog, which can help things move down more readily.
After a few minutes, the soap should work its way down to the clog and you ought to observe the toilet bowl water level starting to return a bit. Add some more liquid soap and warm water, then give it another few minutes. You can now make a jujudgmentall and choose if itit’sime to flush. Hopefully, everything goes down smooth when you do.
5. TELL SOMEONE.
We all know –it is embarrassing and awkward, but don’t be that man who makes a run for it. When all else fails, find an employee and tell them what is up. You can always pretend that you “found it that way.” And in case you’ve got a pen handy, make a notice on the stall or restroom door alerting another customer about the blocked drain until help is on the road.