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Question DetailsAsked on 1/31/2018

My toilet bubbles and wont flush. I used dish detergent, bleach and baking soda to unstp it. It worked for about 4.

How do I unstop my bubbling toilet that won't flush?

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You have a blockage. First try plunging - remembering plungers should work on the "pull", not "push" because push down and they just pack the blockage tighter in most cases. Slowly push plunger down in the outlet of the bowl, leaving a small gap for the air/water to escape from the plunger (cup type works best), then making sure it is sealed all around the houtlet opening, pull back sharply (wiothout splashing in your eye) to put a partial vacuum in the syphon part of the toilet. Several times of that (bottom of bowl has to filled with water BTW) will almost always free up anything caught in the toilet itself - at least any natueral materials.

If that does not do it, if the toilet drains down, just slowly, try using full hot water from the tub/shower in a bucket - with a glop of dish soap in the bowl first. Pour the hot water in, keeping the water level just below the bottom of the rim of the bowl - try say three 2-3 gallon bucket loads that way if the water is draining out (visibly droppping in the bowl over a few minute period). Will usually clear blockages (except toys, diapers, towels, etc).

Otherwise, if that does not work or the water level is not dropping at all, then you need a Plumbing or Sewer Cleaning guy to come and rout or jet your pipes out. If this is a bottom-level toilet, I would go with the Sewer Cleaning category, and have him rout or jet it clear to tyhe septci tank or street sewer, because just snaking it can break through or sometimes break up a clog, just to have it reclog further downsstream. Especially if those pipes have not been cleaned in the past 10-20 years, so while there generally a good idea to pay the extra $100 or so to have it run all the way through. I prefer routing to jetting unless the pipe is fragile because jetting tends to skip spots unless it has an onboard camera to inspect as it is pulled back out and redo any misses.

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