Looking to fix a Blocked Toilet?
Dealing with a blocked toilet can be messy stuff, but understanding why your toilet is clogging is the first step to solving the problem. Toilets are designed to flush waste matter and toilet paper ONLY. If there are any other materials being disposed of through your toilet, this is likely the cause of blockages.
Commonly flushed items include:
- Facial Wipes
- Cotton balls
- Sanitary items such as tampons
- Children’s toys
Toilet paper is designed to break down rapidly in water and allows it to be flushed effectively. If you have a blocked toilet and have been flushing any items other than toilet paper, your issue is likely in the S-bend of your toilet trap.
If this is not the case, and you are unable to see the cause of your blockage then problem diagnosis can become more difficult.
How to unclog a toilet
If you have identified the issue to be in the toilets S-bend piping, you can attempt to force the blockage by using a toilet plunger.
Place the plunger around the toilet drainage point ensuring a tight fit. Use a firm consistent depressing motion to force the water in the bowl through the piping at an accelerated rate. Repeat this motion in a consistent rhythm until the blockage frees.
If this does not work, the use of a plumbing snake / auger may be required, particularly in cases where the blockage is further down the toilet piping.
Another option is to make a toilet unblocking solution:
- Add 1 cup of Baking Soda directly into the Toilet Bowl
- Pour 2 cups of vinegar directly into the Toilet Bowl
- Allow the mixture to fizz
- Boil a kettle of water
- Pour the entire kettle of boiling water into the mixture
- Let the mixture sit in the bowl overnight
Toilet still blocked?
No luck? The issue may be more complex than you think. Getting an effective toilet flush requires venting systems which run through the roof of the building. This allows a flow of air to enter the system, preventing pressure build ups which restrict the flow of water. If your toilet is lacking flush pressure, this vent system may have become compromised as birds or other animals often build nests in these systems. Alternatively, you may just be dealing with a severe blockage that requires professional attention.
Would you prefer a professional to do the dirty work for you? Our professionals have dealt with countless stubborn, blocked toilets and have the expertise to make this as pain-free as possible for you. We pride ourselves on honesty and will work with you to make sure that the solution we offer is the appropriate and most cost effective one.