A blocked toilet can occur at any time and using too much toilet paper is usually the main cause of that blockage. The toilet paper absorbs more water and that makes it more difficult to get a quick flush down the waste pipe. Sometimes it may even need two good flushes to clear the contents away. It’s also quite common for newspaper – baby wipes – old cloths and even small kids toys to get stuck down there. These items continue to be found by plumbers during call outs to residential properties to unblock a toilet.
Please do not use any of those items and expect to flush them down the toilet. Especially newspaper or cloths without them clogging up your toilet system. It can cost you a lot of money with plumber call-out and labour charges. The plumber will have to find out exactly where the toilet blockage is and then remove that obstacle completely. There are various methods that can be used in order to bring about a return to a normal flush cycle. Simply using a high quality toilet plunger will help you in most cases.
But using a toilet plunger can be a messy solution to this frequent and ongoing problem. And unfortunately using a cheap quality toilet plunger is not going to cut it. Most probably it will fail to unblock your toilet and frustrate you in the process. Or it may even break down in use. But using a flexible length of plastic tubing or hose-pipe, which is freely available nowadays, is a very useful method indeed to unclog a toilet. The tubing or hose-pipe must be at least a metre in length so that you don’t have to get in too close to the action – so to speak.
Flexible plastic tubing is a very safe item to use and will not damage your toilet in any way. And it will easily push through most obstacles that are likely to block your toilet. Except of course a small kids toy – cloths or even soggy newspaper that could be trapped in the back-pipe. In an area where it can’t be seen so easily. Those items will have to be removed if they are blocking up the pipe completely. You can of course use a black bag or bin-liner with your hand inside it and use that easy method to unblock your toilet. It’s an easy option available to you. But not one that many people will use to be honest. But I thought I would mention it just the same. Check-out the 3 video demos below that work a treat.
How To Unblock A Toilet
Using a toilet auger or plumbing snake is a far more successful method to unblock a toilet. And in a reasonably quick time to. And this tool has been used with great success by a lot more people. Using chemicals or solvents to unclog a toilet is also another option you can use successfully. Again this can be a quick method to free-up your toilet system and bring it back into service. Please read the instructions on the label before using any of these chemicals and always aim for a well – ventilated room. With fresh air circulating constantly.
And if needed wear a face mask to minimize breathing in the chemical vapours which begin on impact with the contents in the toilet etc. Also wear a pair of clean gloves for hand protection. So important that you follow the above instructions for your own health and safety. Eye protection must also be taken into account to avoid splashes into the eyes when using the plastic bag method or the toilet plunger.
Toilet Ninja liquid toilet un-blocker is also a very useful product to unblock your toilet. Has a pleasant scent and is also non corrosive with easy to follow instructions.
Toilet Auger Demonstration
If any of these methods fail to bring about a return to a normal flush cycle, then you will have to do a drain block survey. Because you must locate the offending obstacle causing the blockage. Firstly, check the drains outside the property. Find the nearest one and if possible lift up the cover. If the drain chamber is empty then that’s ok and the real blockage is closer to the toilet. Probably there is a blockage in the back pipe. But if the drain is blocked with water and other waste material and it’s going nowhere, it will need unblocking as soon as possible. If you have a top quality drain cleaning kit or drain rods you can always do the work yourself.
Or you may even know someone who can lend you a set. A friend perhaps who has a cleaning kit. This will save you a small fortune on plumber call-out charges in the long term. Because a drain can get blocked again if waste material such as baby wipes, newspaper or cloth build up over time . Top quality drain un-blockers are always available to buy in local D.I.Y stores such as B&Q etc. Online giant Amazon has the largest collection of any retailer. Some of the best products available to help clean out blocked drains and pipes quickly and efficiently by simply following instructions on the label.
Black Bin-liner Demonstration
The method used in the first video demonstration above uses only a flexible plastic tube or pipe about 3 feet in length and up to 3/4 of an inch in diameter. So much easier to unblock a toilet doing it this way as you are standing up. It works every time provided there is no serious blockage in the U-bend before the down pipe. A strong flexible tube has a better chance of breaking through blockages to unclog a toilet quickly without leaving much water around the toilet base. But its still advisable to use some old cloths or newspapers around the base of the toilet to minimize any over-spill when flushing.
Have a good pair of gloves ready for your hand protection and a small bucket or bowl for scooping out water if necessary. All the methods described on this page are proven to work and will unclog a toilet. Depends on how serious the blockage is and where it is in the system. Hopefully one of these methods will work for you to get your toilet system back to normal service as quickly as possible without you having to call out a plumber. Hope the information contained above has been of help to you in some way. Feel free to leave a comment below just to let me know if any of the methods above have worked for you. And thank you for visiting this website.
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