A clogged toilet can cause major problems throughout the rest of the house if it is not dealt with swiftly and immediately. An overflowing toilet can flood the entire house and cause water damage to the rest of the bathroom if it is not fixed quickly. Rather than call a plumber, there are a number of tactics that you can employ to try and dislodge the obstruction to clear the pipes. Here is a step-by-step set of instructions to teach you how to clear a clogged toilet using soap and hot water.

1 – Shut off the water supply to the toilet to prevent it from filling back up when you flush it. The water supply is usually located at the back of the toilet and is typically a silver colored knob.

2 – Fill a bucket with hot water and squirt in some dish soap in with it. Mix the water and soap together until the soap completely dissolves and you are left with a bucket of soapy hot water. Make sure that the water is not boiling hot as it has the potential to damage the porcelain toilet and can crack it.

3 – Pour a portion of the hot water directly into the toilet and let it sit for a minute or two before adding more as needed. The hot water should break through the obstruction that is causing the toilet to be blocked and flood back into the house.

4 – Let the hot water sit inside the toilet for about five minutes to work at breaking down the blockage. Leave it until the water cools down.

5 – Take the plunger and insert it into the base of the toilet and plunge down and then back up. Make sure you continue plunging up and down until the water begins to go back down inside the toilet.

6 - Turn back on the water and try and flush the toilet to complete the job. Make sure that the toilet flushes and fills back up with water without overflowing to decipher if the obstruction has been cleared from the pipes.

If following the tips outlined above does not fix the problem, you could be a sign of a much larger plumbing issue that needs to be fixed by a professional plumber. A professional plumber can shut off the water to the house and take apart the pipes to find the source of the blockage and clear it. For help with complex plumbing problems, notify a plumber such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating