How to Unblock a Toilet

Ah, the blocked toilet, one of the most unpleasant problems that sadly won’t go away on its own. Blocked toilets are unhygienic, smelly and downright unpleasant. If you are currently suffering with a blocked toilet, look no further, we have written this article especially for you! It includes our top tips and advice. This article will help you get your toilet back in working order. Read on to find out more.  

Don’t Flush Anymore!  

If your toilet is blocked and water is filling up the bowl, the worst thing you can do is flush it again. If you’ve tried it once and it isn’t flushing properly, further flushing is only going to make things worse. Flushing your toilet once it is blocked can cause serious overflow and flooding problems, worsening the problem and spilling dirty water all over your clean bathroom floor. So, to keep your toilet from overflowing – don’t flush it!  

Stop Your Toilet Overflowing  

Keep your toilet from overflowing by stopping water from entering the bowl. Simply remove the lid off the toilet tank and close the toilet flapper. Closing the toilet flapper stops more water from entering the bowl, keeping your toilet from overflowing. The flapper is easy to locate as it looks like a circular drain stopper attached to a chain and is located inside the water tank. Don’t worry about sticking your hand into the water tank, it is perfectly clean.  

Prep Your Bathroom  

No, your bathroom does not need a pep talk. You might, but your bathroom doesn’t. When we suggest prepping your bathroom, we are suggesting you lay down newspapers or paper towels on the floor to soak up any spilled liquid from the toilet. This will make it easier to clean up later.  

If possible, you should also turn on the ventilation fan or open a window to minimise foul odours. Be sure to wear rubber gloves consistently as toilets are unsanitary and it is important you protect yourself from germs.  

Locate the Blockage  

Before you start with the hardcore plunging, it is important to see if you can locate the blockage and clear it easily. You may be able to see the cause of the clog, such as a child’s toy, and be able to reach in and remove it.  

However, if there is no visible blockage it is likely the problem lies further down. If this is the case, specialist unblocking techniques will need to be employed.  

It’s Time to Start Plunging  

Using a plunger is one of the most effective ways to remove toilet blockages. While wearing gloves, place the plunger right into the base of the toilet bowl and plunge up and down. Plunging might not work immediately, so continue your efforts until water begins to drain. Be patient, it may take some time. Once the water starts to drain, wait a moment before flushing your toilet clear.  

Use an Auger   

If plunging is ineffective, an auger is the next best thing. An auger is a flexible rod that reaches far into the toilet to remove deeply embedded blockages. Once the blockage is located, the auger will pull or push the item to remove it. Once removed, you can try the flush again and watch your toilet clear before your eyes.  

Use a Pluming Snake  

A plumbing snake is a professional tool that you would have to purchase. Quite simply, it is a wire designed to ‘snake’ through the drainage system. One end can be inserted into the toilet bowl and down the drain, continually pushed further until an obstruction is discovered. Plumbing snakes can be used to help break up a blockage into smaller, flushable pieces to help the water run freely once again.  

Use Commercial Drain Cleaner  

This step should be used with caution and only carried out if you are certain the blockage is organic, not a plastic or metal object. Look for a commercial drain cleaner which has been specifically created to liquefy materials. The chemicals used in commercial drain cleaners are toxic, so be sure to read the instructions on the label carefully and take any necessary safety precautions.  

Check the Manhole Cover  

If you have tried and tested all the above methods and none of them have worked for you, at Coastal Drains we suggest our customers check their manhole covers before we come out to serve them. Often blocked toilets can be caused by exterior problems. If you go outside and discover your manhole is overflowing with water, it is likely you have a problem with your drains. The reason your toilet looks like it is blocked is because of an excess of water.  

A blocked, overflowing toilet can be a sign of more extensive drain problems. If this is the case, you will need to call Coastal Drains out to help you fix the problem.  

Call Coastal Drains for Further Advice  

If you suspect the blockage in your drain is an object or a problem with your pipes and the above methods have yielded no result, it is time to call our drain specialists here at Coastal Drains. A blocked, overflowing toilet can be a sign of more extensive drain problems. If this is the case, it is time to call Coastal Drains. Our team of fully-qualified drainage experts specialise in fixing all kinds of drainage problems.  

Give us a call today, we can have your blocked toilet fixed in no time!

Author: Greg Child

Greg is an expert in drainage and has been in the business for over 30 years. He's the owner of Coastal Drains Ltd and a very, very friendly chap.

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