Poop that is too big to flush can be messy. The clog can block the toilet, preventing the water from flowing out of the toilet and causing the entire bathroom to flood. It may also cause damage to your plumbing system, which will cost you when repairing it.
Before we get to what to do if your huge turd won’t flush, here are some reasons why you are releasing such a large turd, to begin with.
● You have been eating large meals.
● Your meals have excess fibre and lots of water.
● Constipation: If you are constipated, your bowel movements are irregular. This will make you not go to the toilet as often, and when you do, you end up pushing a massive poop that won’t flush.
Regardless of your situation, there are several options for what to do when having a poop too big to flush. We have explored five options below, but it’s important to note that only some are suitable for some situations. So, you have to try each out before ruling it out.
Option 1 – Let the Poop Sit for a While
Letting the poop sit for a while in the toilet bowl is the easiest and most common way of dealing with a too-big-to-flush poop.
The idea behind this method is that the water in your toilet bowl will soften and break up the poop, making it easier to flush away later on.
However, we would recommend this method only if:
● You have a spare toilet that you, your family members, and guests can use in the meantime.
● The toilet is well-ventilated, and the odor will not spread to other rooms. If not, arm yourself with an air freshener to help keep your house fresh.
After some time, probably half an hour or so, flush your toilet. The poop should flush without problems. If the problem persists, then consider the other methods in this guide.
Option 2: Use a Plunger
A plunger can come in handy in such a situation where your massive turd won’t flush. If the poop gets stuck in the drain, a plunger will create a vacuum, giving it the extra push it needs to move down the drain.
A plunger works by creating a seal over the toilet pipe and then exerting pressure on this seal to create suction which dislodges whatever is clogging up the pipe. You’ll also need to move around as you do this delicately, making sure not to apply too much force, or you’ll risk breaking your toilet.
Run the plunger in warm water to soften it and help it form a seal.
Tip: Use towels or rags to protect the floors of your toilet from any potential messes. Also, keep your trash bag close by in case you need it to collect solid materials such as paper that you may not be able to flush thoroughly.
Wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from germs if working with a plunger on a significant toilet blockage.
Option 3: Hot Water, Baking Soda, and Vinegar
This is yet another easy way of clearing a toilet clog caused by a large poop that won’t flush. Baking soda and vinegar are natural cleansers that effectively work together to break down the solids in your toilet and remove the odors from your toilet. Adding hot water to the mix helps loosen up the clog even more by dissolving the baking soda and vinegar.
Below are steps you can take to clear your toilet clog using baking soda, vinegar, and hot water:
● Step 1: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with two cups of hot water
● Step 2: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Then chase it with the mixture of hot water and vinegar previously prepared. The mixture will fizz and bubble as it breaks down the clog.
● Step 3: While these substances react, stir them with a plunger to help loosen up the clog completely.
● Step 4: Allow the mixture to settle for a few minutes, and then flush the toilet.
● Step 5: If the clog isn’t completely cleared, repeat the process until it is.
● Step 6: After the clog is cleared, flush the toilet once more to ensure that no further problems exist.
With this method, the assumption is that you have the supplies needed, as most homes do. However, sometimes you may not have all the necessary items. In such cases, consider trying other methods of clearing the clog, or else, you will have to go out and buy them.
Option 4 – Using a Toilet Brush
Your toilet brush is designed to help you clean and flush as much poop as possible. You should notice that this brush can be messy because the poop will stick to your toilet brush.
To break down big poop using your toilet brush, press the brush directly on the poo chunk, then flush your toilet. If there are no obstructions in the pipe, the poop will flush smoothly.
Since using your toilet brush to break up poop will leave it dirty, you can add a toilet cleaner to the toilet bowl after flushing twice or three times. You can then use your brush to clean up the mess.
The scrubbing process will also clean up strands from your safety-to-handle brush, leaving both your toilet and the brush clean.
Option 5 – Bidet
If you have a bidet, you can use the water pressure to dissolve the poop. This method is appropriate if your bidet doesn’t go directly into the toilet bowl.
Point the bidet pipe long hose to the poop to thoroughly clean the toilet. Then turn it on and run it while pointing it at the poop. This will loosen up the poop, making it easier to flush.
When using the flush and dissolve strategy, ensure you are standing far enough away from the toilet. This is so to ensure you do not come into contact with bacterial water splashes.
When to Call a Professional
When you’re having an issue with your toilet, and it won’t stop clogging, or the poop won’t flush after trying various methods above, a professional plumber can fix the problem.
The plumber may need to uninstall specific components or use a professional plumbing tool to rectify the situation. Calling a plumber may cost you more, but it will get the job done if all other methods fail.
There are several options for dealing with a massive turd that won’t flush. These methods are some simplest and most practical tips you can apply to resolve this problem of flushing a poop that is too big to flush.
You may also reduce the likelihood of poop clogging your toilet by taking care of yourself. Take plenty of water to soften your poop and minimize the possibility of having substantial bowel movements.