Drain Clog: How to Unclog a Toilet When Snaking It Doesn’t Work

Today, we’re diving into a topic that can really test your patience: what to do when snaking a toilet doesn’t work. If you’ve ever had a drain clog before, you know how frustrating it can be. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips and tricks to help you out!

Understanding the Drain Clog Problem

Reasons Why Snaking Might Fail

So, you’ve tried snaking the toilet and it’s still clogged. What gives? There are a few reasons why this might happen. Sometimes the obstruction is just too big or tough for the snake. Other times, the clog might be further down the pipe, beyond the reach of your snake. Or, the pipe configuration might be tricky, making it hard for the snake to do its job.

Importance of Addressing Stubborn Clogs

Ignoring a stubborn clog can lead to bigger problems. A persistent clog can cause water damage, unpleasant odors, and even more serious plumbing issues. Trust me, you don’t want to let this one slide!

Alternative DIY Drain Clog Clearing Methods

Plunger Power

If the snake didn’t work, don’t give up on your trusty plunger just yet. Here’s a tip: make sure you’re using a flange plunger, which is designed for toilets. Position the plunger over the drain hole, making sure you get a good seal. Then, use a mix of firm and quick plunges. Sometimes it takes a bit of elbow grease, but it can do the trick!

Hot Water and Dish Soap

This method is a classic and for good reason. Start by pouring a good amount of dish soap into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to work its way down to the clog. Then, pour a pot of hot (but not boiling) water into the bowl from waist height. The hot water and soap can help break down the clog. I tried this once when I was out of town and it saved me a call to the plumber!

Baking Soda and Vinegar

For a natural and effective solution, try baking soda and vinegar. Pour about a cup of baking soda into the toilet, followed by a cup of vinegar. You’ll see it fizz and bubble – that’s the reaction working on your clog. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then flush with hot water. It’s like a science experiment that might just save the day.

Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, you’re in luck. Set it to liquid mode and create a seal over the drain hole with the hose. The strong suction can often dislodge whatever’s causing the clog. Just be sure to use a vacuum meant for liquids to avoid any messy situations!

Checking the Toilet

Removing and Inspecting the Toilet

If none of the above methods work, you might need to remove the toilet to get a better look. This isn’t as scary as it sounds. Start by turning off the water supply and draining the toilet. Then, unscrew the bolts at the base and carefully lift the toilet off the flange. Check for any obvious obstructions in the toilet or the pipe below. I helped a friend with this once, and we found a small toy stuck in the trap – mystery solved!

Inspecting the Toilet Trap

The toilet trap is a curved section of the toilet’s drain that can sometimes hold onto clogs. If you’re comfortable removing the toilet, take a closer look at the trap and see if anything is lodged there. It’s a common spot for clogs, and clearing it can often solve the problem.

Addressing Deeper Drain Clog Issues

Main Line Blockages

Sometimes the issue isn’t with the toilet itself, but with the main sewer line. Signs of a main line blockage include multiple slow drains in your home or sewage backups. This is a bigger issue and might require professional help to clear.

Tree Root Intrusions Causing Drain Clogs

Believe it or not, tree roots can grow into your pipes and cause major blockages. If you suspect this might be the case, it’s definitely time to call in the experts. They can use specialized equipment to clear the roots and repair any damage.

When to Call the Professionals

Recognizing the Limits of DIY Drain Clog Clearing

While DIY methods are great, there’s a point where it’s best to call in the pros. If you’ve tried everything and the toilet is still clogged, it’s time to contact Vaquero Plumbing. We have the tools and expertise to tackle even the toughest clogs.

Benefits of Professional Drain Clog Intervention

Calling in a professional can save you time, stress, and potential damage to your plumbing. We can quickly diagnose the problem and provide a lasting solution. Plus, you get peace of mind knowing the job was done right.


To recap, if snaking your toilet doesn’t work, try using a plunger, hot water and dish soap, baking soda and vinegar, or a wet/dry vacuum. Check the toilet trap and consider deeper issues like main line blockages or tree root intrusions. And remember, Vaquero Plumbing is here to help when DIY methods aren’t enough.

At Vaquero Plumbing, we specialize in solving plumbing problems of all kinds, including stubborn clogs. If you’re dealing with a clog that won’t budge, give us a call, or schedule a same day appointment. We’re offering a special deal for first-time customers dealing with clogs, so contact us today and let us take care of your plumbing worries.

Happy unclogging, and stay stress-free!

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