Sometimes we tend to ignore the warning signs when it comes to blocked toilets – whether at home or in the office. When you start to notice signs such as slow draining, difficulty flushing, water rising or unpleasant smell coming out from your bowl, you should pay attention. Here’s a quick guide on how you can unblock your toilet by yourself in case of an emergency.
Thing is – if it’s just a minor blockage, chances are you can easily do it yourself if you follow any of the advice provided within this piece. However, if you have exhausted all options, it’s best to contact a professional drainage engineer or plumber. Although your best bet will be a drain engineer or specialist as they have extensive knowledge of other potential drainage issues that may be causing a blocked toilet.
Before we look into some of the ways to unblock your toilet, let us see the common causes of a blocked toilet.
It is important that you know the common causes of a blocked toilet, that way, you can prevent it from happening in the first place. Usually, flushing foreign objects down the drain is the major culprit of blockage in toilets. Here are some of the list of things you should not force down your toilet:
It is important to act fast when you notice any signs of a blocked toilet as this could easily result in more challenging issues. You can try some of the tips below:
This is one popular way to unblock a toilet. All you need to do is place the toilet plunger so that it’s covering the hole completely (ensure you get a toilet plunger as this is different from a kitchen plunger). Next plunge gently and steadily, applying a bit of pressure to loosen the blockage. You can check if the blockage has been removed by testing with a small amount of toilet paper and flushing it. This should flush normally.
If you do not have a plunger, you can opt for at-home remedies. The most common home remedy for unblocking toilets is baking soda and vinegar.
At this point, you should start seeing the water level go down. Then you can proceed to flush again. Unfortuantely, for severe blockages the problem may persist even after you try this. You would then need to contact a toilet unblocking or blocked drain specialist. If your toilet connects to a Cesspit or Septic Tank, they are in the best position to inspect, diagnose and fix the problem.
Expert tip: We do not advise the use of drain cleaners or other harsh chemicals as they may be highly corrosive and can tamper with the integrity of your pipes.
A drain rod or auger, otherwise called a drain snake is another device that can be used to unblock drains. Simply send the auger down the drain and when you meet the blockage, push or twist and pull back up to remove the blockage.
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A drainage technician or plumber can unblock a blocked toilet. However, we do advise that you call a drain expert as some cases can be beyond a plumber. For instance, if it happens to be a case beyond just a blocked toilet where there may be something wrong with your sewage tank, a drain specialist can easily identify this.
That will depend on what is causing the blockage. It is possible that if the blockage is caused by a water soluble material e.g tissues, it could clear up overtime as they dissolve. However if the problem persists, you should contact a drain specialist near you.
Generally, how much it cost to unblock a toilet will depend on the severity of the blockage and what it takes to clear. On average, you should expect the toilet unblocking service to be offered around £80-£100 per the hour. For more severe damage that require specialist equipment you may be charged up to £250
In most cases, there is no cause for alarm. You can leave a clogged toilet overnight and have a plumber near you come in to have a look in the morning. Simply avoid trying to flush the toilet again as you may run the risk of overflowing or flooding. More so, if you start to notice a water pipe leak, get a pipe repair specialist to look into the case.