How do you unblock a toilet?
Once you’ve located the blockage, your next step is to tackle it! Using a plunger that is shaped to the opening of the toilet bowl creates the pressure needed to either push or pull the blockage out. It is important that this step is done carefully, as you want to avoid any dirty water or sewage waste spilling over the bowl and onto the floor, where bacteria can begin to infect the surfaces and you can very easily become ill when you come into contact with this bacteria. Once you’ve dislodged the blockage and removed it, try flushing the toilet again and the water should run smoothly. You can test how well you’ve cleared the blockage by placing a bit of toilet paper in the bowl when you flush, and observing how well the toilet paper flushes away. It occasionally helps to soften the plunger up by running it under a hot water tap before use. However, if you do not have a plunger, wire coat hangers can come in very handy.
Straighten the hanger out so it is one long wire, and then bend it into a curve. Push the wire up into the toilet pipe leading up to the chamber, and wiggle it around to clear the blockage. This must be done gently to avoid causing any scratches or damage to your toilet.
In cases where the blockage is very mild, pouring hot water down the toilet bowl before using the plunger can dissolve the blockage, which is a much more environmentally friendly solution. Failing this, you may require the use of soda or a drain cleaner, which can be found in many supermarkets in the cleaning products aisles.
Taking these steps can be a cheap and effective way of unblocking your toilet yourself. However, if these steps do not seem to be working, it is important to call Blocked Drain Plymouth today.
Blockages can pose a serious health risk to you and everyone in your household. If you come across and blockage and retrieve it, it is important that you properly dispose of any waste you have recovered from the drains, so as not to contaminate any surfaces with bacteria that could be serious health hazards.