This article will show you how to deal with the most instance situation you can face in your hotel’s room and guide you about what to do if you clog a hotel toilet.
I was once on a business trip, and my toilet was full. So I googled ‘how to unclog a toilet.’ Luckily I found many ways to unclog a toilet and followed the first few steps in the google results. But it wasn’t all worth it. I soon found out that many of the tricks are not meant for hotel toilets, which makes me dizzy.
And I felt it’s time to contact the front desk of the hotel. Aahhhh that was so embarrassing. And this is the main reason for writing this article for my readers. Yes, to save you from such embarrassment. So let’s begin this guide and see what you can do if you clog a hotel toilet.
Why Do Hotel Toilets Get Clogged Easily?
If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel, you know that there can be a lot of unexpected things that can go wrong while you’re there. From dirty and stained sheets to the toilet being clogged, sometimes it’s hard to believe that these are places where people are supposed to spend their vacation time.
But one problem you must face once in your hotelling experience is a clogged toilet. Do you ever wonder why hotel toilets get clogged so easily? Well, I hate this situation and that’s why I want to know what the reason is and after doing tonnes of research, I have come to know that there are several reasons why this happens.
Some of the most common reasons are:
- Too many people are using the toilet at once
- The guests are not adequately flushing the toilet
- The plumbing in the hotel is old and needs to be replaced
Still don’t get it? Let’s discuss it more.
First, hotels tend to have more guests than any other type of establishment because they offer more space per person. This means that more people use the facilities at once, and each person creates more waste.
Secondly, hotels often rent out rooms by the week rather than per night because it’s cheaper this way for the owner. But, unfortunately, this means that multiple people will use the same toilet over some time—and if one person didn’t clean up after themselves properly before leaving for work in the morning (or whatever), then other guests may be left with a mess on top of whatever else is already there from previous visitors.
Also Read, to avoid facing instances clogging situations while traveling.
How To Unclog a Toilet In a Hotel
Now, it’s time to try out the practical tricks and ways that you can do while staying in a hotel with a clogged toilet.
Turn Off The Water
If you clog a hotel toilet, turn off the water.
You might think this is obvious, but it’s a common mistake. If you have a clogged toilet at home, you can usually reach down and pull up on the handle to flush it. In a hotel room, though?
You’ll probably be standing in an awkward position with your face right next to the toilet, trying to poke around with a plunger or something else that’s not designed for plumbing. And even if you do manage to clear whatever is blocking your pipes, you can’t just throw it down and get to work—you have to turn off the water first.
If you don’t do this, you run the risk of causing significant damage: overflow damage from your toilet bowl overflowing into your bathroom floor, flooding from running water that’s not being used; damage from forcing hot water through cold pipes; and more.
Try Drain Cleaners
Now let’s start with the easiest way to unclog a hotel toilet, which is trying drain cleaners. Drain cleaners are sold at most hardware stores and are great for unclogging a toilet. You can also get them at your local home improvement store.
Drain cleaners work by dissolving the clog that is causing your problem. They do this by eating away at the clog or breaking it up into smaller pieces that will pass through the pipe quickly.
The best way to use drain cleaners is to pour some down the overflow tube of your toilet bowl, which is located on the back side of the tank. This will help prevent splashes from getting on your floor and ensure that most of the solution goes where it needs to go—down into your pipes.
Search Handy Products And Use Them
Another best way is searching for handy products and using them wisely. Look for something small and hard that you can use as a plunger. This could be anything from a pen cap to a paper clip (if you have one).
You might also try looking for an old plastic bottle cap or something similar that fits snugly over the opening of your toilet bowl and can be used as an improvised stopper while you get ready with the plunger; this will prevent any accidental spills while you work.
Once you’ve found something suitable for making an improvised plunger, start pumping vigorously up and down (or side-to-side if possible), ensuring enough water is in the bowl before attempting to unblock it.
Try Plain Hot Water
This simple trick can save you from having to call the front desk or wait for a maintenance person to fix it.
When your toilet is clogged, ensure there isn’t anything stuck in the toilet that might be causing the problem. If something is stuck there, remove it by repeatedly flushing it until it has gone down.
Next, pour hot water into the bowl until it covers as much of the opening as possible. Let it sit for about 10 minutes while you do something else. If, after 10 minutes, nothing has happened, then repeat this step until something happens or you run out of hot water.
Use Baking Soda And Vinegar
One of the best ways to unclog a hotel toilet is by using baking soda and vinegar. The baking soda will help soften any clogs in your line, while the vinegar will help break up any grease or dirt on the sides of your pipes.
First, flush your toilet and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Then, fill the bowl with warm water until it covers the baking soda. Let this sit for an hour or so (if you can’t wait an hour, don’t worry—leave it there for as long as you can stand it).
After an hour or so, flush with plain water to remove any remaining baking soda residue from the bowl. Then, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to a bucket of hot water and use this mixture to clean the inside of your toilet bowl.
Use Wire Hanger Or Toilet Brush
Another good way to unclog a hotel toilet is by trying the Wire Hanger technique or Toilet Brush. This straightforward method can be done in less than five minutes. The first step is to take the wire hanger and bend it into the shape of a hook.
Use the hook side of the wire hanger to reach in and hook onto the object clogging up your toilet. Then, with your other hand, grab it tightly and pull it out slowly.
You can use an old-fashioned toilet brush if you don’t have a wire hanger. Here’s how you can use it:
Before beginning this task, remove any excess water on top of your toilet bowl. Dip your brush into the hot soapy water and scrub away any residue or foreign objects inside your toilet bowl. Ensure to get all angles of your toilet bowl, including the backside, where most debris tends to gather during regular use.
Use The Snake Trick
Are you familiar with the toilet snake trick?? Probably I must say many of you know about it and have tried it many times in your home’s toilet. So then, why not try it in your hotel’s toilet?
Here’s the drill for those who have yet to try it. A toilet snake is a long, flexible cable with a hook on the end that can remove blockages from toilets. The hook is inserted into the toilet drain and then pulled back through, dragging whatever is clogging up through the pipes and out of the way.
To clear a clogged toilet with a snake, you’ll want to shut off the water supply to your toilet by turning off the valve under your sink or at the wall. Then take your snake and hook it over the lip of the bowl (you may need to use pliers for this). Once you have it hooked securely over one of these spots, pull down on it hard enough that it goes all the way down into your drain hole but not so hard that it snaps in half!
Once it’s in there, pull back on it until you feel resistance against its hook — this means you’ve got something stuck in there! Now all you have to do is keep pulling until whatever’s blocking your pipes comes flying out of there like crazy into your bathroom floor.
Call The Expert
If you need help unclogging a hotel toilet, it is best to call the expert. That way, they will provide you with the best service possible and save you time. You can easily find a professional who specializes in this type of work on the internet or in your local area if you need help finding someone who can fix your problem. Or you can contact the front desk and ask for a professional.
If you are afraid that after calling the front desk will they charged you for clogging a toilet or not read out my article: Do hotels charge you for clogging the toilet
Do Hotels Have Plungers?
Hotels don’t usually have plungers, but they do have other things that can help you fix your sink. Also, the hotel service can provide you with one when you need it.
There are two reasons for this. First, you’re not supposed to flush your toilet paper in a hotel bathroom. If you need to dispose of it, you should put it in the trash can.
Second, many hotel rooms have a “biohazard” or “medical waste” sign on the bathroom wall because there are often used syringes thrown away at hotels for medical reasons.
So while it may seem like a great idea at first glance to use a plunger as an alternative way to clear out your clogged toilet, there are better options.
Also Better To Know:
If you find yourself in this unfortunate predicament, don’t despair. With the tricks mentioned above, you can try to fix the problem yourself before calling hotel maintenance. Then, with a little effort (and maybe a lot of patience), you should be able to clear that clog and enjoy the rest of your stay worry-free.