How to Fix a Blocked Toilet By Yourself

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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. 

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How to Avoid Blocked Toilets

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: 

  • Excessive toilet paper 
  • Baby wipes or nappies
  • Toys 
  • Hand towels ( even if they are lightweight)
  • Sanitary products
  • Cigarettes 
  • Paper or cardboard 
  • Plastic items (including straws)



What are the Ways You Can Unblock a 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:

1. Unblocking a toilet with a plunger

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. 

2. Unblocking a toilet without a plunger

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. 

  • Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the toilet
  • Follow this with two cups of vinegar (you’ll notice some fizzing)
  • Wait for about 30 minutes
  • Lastly, pour boiling water down the toilet 

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. 

3. Unblocking a toilet with a toilet auger

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.

Need A Toilet Unblocking Expert or Blocked Drain Specialist in Bournemouth?​

At Rescue Rod, we offer services from dealing with blocked toilets, blocked kitchen sinks, blocked drains, drain repair, new drainage install, CCTV surveys and septic tank emptying and maintenance and lots more. Simply call us on 01202393541 for a quick chat. We are always happy to arrange a free site visit and send you a free quote any time. 

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Frequently Asked Questions On Toilet Unblocking Service Bournemouth

Who deals with a blocked toilet ?

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. 

Can a toilet unblock by itself?

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.

How much does unblocking a toilet cost in Bournemouth?

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

Is it okay to leave a clogged toilet overnight?

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. 

What other drainage services do you offer in Bournemouth?

You can call in for all kinds of Burst water main or Water pipe supply repair services, professional drain unblocking in Bournemouth, grease trap cleaning services, pipe lining and pipe replacement, etc. We all a full range of drainage and potable water services.