Arrghhh! The toilet is clogged again! If this is a regular occurrence in your home you might be tempted to forgo the plunger and pour Drano in there to clear the clog instead. Hold on though! Do you know if this is safe for your toilet and pipes? Can you pour Drano down the toilet?
Can You Pour Drano Down The Toilet?
No – don’t do it! You can’t pour regular Drano down the toilet.
Drano is designed to be used in kitchen and bathroom sink pipes. Clogs in these situations are usually closer to the drain and so the Drano can easily reach it. Once there Drano produces a chemical reaction that dissolves hair, soap scum, and gunk clogs.
Toilet drains are designed differently than sink drains, and their clogs tend to be further along the pipe. Adding Drano to toilet clogs runs the risk of that chemical reaction occurring further down the pipe and the resulting heat can damage the piping and the porcelain of the toilet.
And really, the last thing you need right now is a cracked toilet.
How Can I Unplug My Toilet Then?
The best way to get rid of a toilet clog is to use a plunger. The mechanical action of creating pressure in the pipes usually will dislodge the clog and allow the toilet to be flushed freely again.
If a plunger doesn’t work, then you’ll need to use a toilet snake to push further into the drain and shift the clog.
If you don’t have a plunger, there are some ways to try to remove the clog using household items. They don’t always work the best but are definitely worth a try if you’re stuck!
You’re going to want to have a plunger for the future though. Check out our ‘5 Best Plungers‘ article for some affordable options.