A blocked toilet can occur at any time and using too much toilet paper is usually the main cause. The paper absorbs more water and makes it more difficult to get a quick flush down the waste pipe. It’s quite common for newspaper – old cloths and even small kids toys to find their way down there. These items continue to be found by plumbers during call outs to residential properties to unclog toilets.
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 dearly 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. There are various methods that can be used in order to bring about a return to normal flushing. Simply using a toilet plunger will help. But it can be a messy solution to this ongoing problem. And unfortunately its not guaranteed to work every time you use it. Using a flexible length of tubing or hosepipe which is freely available nowadays is a very useful method. At least a metre in length so that you don’t have to get in too close. Flexible plastic tubing is a safe method to use and will not damage your toilet in any way. And will easily push through most obstacles that are likely to block a toilet. Except of course a small kids toy or cloths etc that could be trapped in the back-pipe. Those items will have to be removed if they are blocking it up. You can of course use a plastic bag with your hand inside and use that method to unblock a toilet. An option that not to many people will use by the way. But thought I would mention it just the same.
How To Unblock A Toilet
Using a toilet auger is a more successful method to unblock a toilet. And this tool has been used with great success by a lot more people. Using chemicals to unclog a toilet is also another option available to you. Again this can be a quick method to free-up your toilet system and bring it back to normal service. Please read the instructions before using these chemicals and always aim for a well – ventilated room. 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 a toilet plunger.
If these methods fail to bring about a return to normal service then you’ll need to do a drain block survey and find the offending obstacle. If you have a quality drain cleaning kit or drain rods you can do the work yourself. Or you may know someone who can lend you a set. This will save you a small fortune on plumber charges in the long term as you’ll never know if this problem will return again in future. And quality drain un-blockers are always available to clean out blocked drains quickly and efficiently.
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. 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 for hand protection ready and a small bucket or bowl for scooping out water if necessary. All the methods described above are proven to work to 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 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.
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