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How to Unblock a Toilet

Have you ever needed to unblock toilet? We have all experienced a blocked toilet at some point.  It is one of those jobs that nobody wants to sort out! Also, toilet blockages seem to happen at the most inappropriate moments.

There are so many techniques to unblock a toilet.  Below are 6 different ways to unblock a toilet:

Step 1.  First you Need to Prevent Overflow!

If your toilet is blocked, do not flush it anymore! As it is possible water could build up and overflow.  To be on the safe side, it is best to disconnect the water from your toilet, which will prevent anymore water from entering your toilet.  The water for your toilet can be shutoff via the shutoff valve.  This valve will either be under your toilet cistern, at floor level.  Once your have located it, turn it clockwise.

Step 2.  Protect Your Floor and Yourself

Unblocking a toilet can be a messy and smelly job.  In case splashing occurs, it is best to protect your flooring with newspapers or cardboard boxes.  Open the window to vent out any foul odors.

Also make sure you are wearing waterproof gloves.

Step 3.  First Take a Good Look

Before getting out any tools.  It is worth having a good look inside your toilet.  You never know, you may actually find something in there that is the cause of your blockage.  Especially if you have children, they may have accidentally put a toy in there!

If you can see the cause of the clog, reach in and remove it by hand.  If you cant see the cause of the clog, go to step 4.

Step 4.  Unblock A Toilet Using A Plunger

This is the most basic way of unblocking a blocked toilet.  The best kind of plunger for toilet unblocking is known as a funnel-cup plunger.  It has a flange extending from the bottom, which creates a tight seal to work efficiently.  Another great plunger is the ball shaped designed.

To unblock a toilet with the plunger, just follow these steps.

  1. For a plunger to work, there must be enough water in your toilet to cover the bottom of the plunger. If there isn’t, pour more into the toilet so it does.
  2. Take a good quality funnel cup rubber plunger, or a ball shaped plunger.
  3. Put the plunger into the toilet bowl
  4. Push the plunger down, then up again.  It is important to remember that the upward pull is as important as the downward push.  It may require some effort!
  5. After plunging about 10 to 20 times, try flushing the toilet to see if the blockage has been cleared.  In order to flush the toilet, you will need to turn on the water supply again.

If The Plunger Method Does Not Work

Unblock A Toilet Using a Wire

If the plunger method does not work, or maybe you don’t own one.  Then using a long piece of wire may help to unblock your toilet.

  1. Grab a wire or a hanger. Bend it in the U-shape and cover it with some used cloth. (hanger is more preferable as you can bend it as needed).
  2. Push the wire or hanger into the canal in a to and fro pattern. I know it’s not physics but still, it works.
  3. Keep pushing the wire and rotate it in every direction to make it work.
  4. Flush the toilet.

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar 

Yes, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can help you with your blocked toilet.  When mixed togther, it creates a chemical reaction that may put enough pressure on your blockage to clear it.  Just follow these steps to make it easy.

  1. Get some vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar) and baking soda.
  2. Ensure the toilet bowl is about halfway full before you begin the unblocking process.
  3. Next pour one tea cup of baking soda into the bowl.
  4. Now slowly pour one tea cup of vinegar into the bowl.  Please be aware that if you pour too quickly, the reaction could be rapid enough to splash water onto your floor.  You should see a fizz type of reaction.
  5. Allow the fizz to sit for at least 20 minutes.
  6. See if it worked by flushing your toilet.  Make sure the water supply for your cistern is switched on.

how to unblock a toilet using baking soda

Unblock A toilet Using an Enzyme Product

These products contain a mixture of enzymes that break down waste materials.  They are even used in septic systems to break down waste.  In general, these products are preferred over drain clearing chemicals as they do not harm the environment or your pipes.

  1.  Read the instructions of your enzyme cleaning product.  It will tell you how much to pour into your toilet.  These instructions will also tell you how long you should leave it.
  2. After the recommended time period has passed, you can then try flushing your toilet to see if the blockage has been cleared.  Ensure you have turn your water supply on for your cistern.

If these ways to unblock a toilet do not work, the problem is likely with your wastage pipe or sewerage system.  If this is the case, you may require a drainage engineer.


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Posted on 7th January 2019 at 8:23 pm


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