A blocked or malfunctioning toilet is very embarrassing and worse than inconvenient. It creates a mess in your home and makes you uncomfortable.
This post is to help you know how to handle this situation — don’t despair or panic because it can be fixed easily. Although it can be quite tricky, you can do it yourself, especially if you have a plunger at home. Otherwise, you can hire the service of the leading plumbing company in London to do it for you.
Unblock a Toilet Using a plunger
This is a sure and effective way to unblock your toilet even though it is old-fashioned. This step makes use of a plunger and serious elbow grease. Below are the steps to follow.
- Remove enough water if the toilet bowl is filled to the brim, this will enable you to use the plunger without the water splashing on you or pouring out of the toilet seat.
Use a small bowl and gently scoop the water to give you space to plunge.
- Place the plunger gently in the toilet bowl — carefully and gradually lower it to enable air from inside the plunger to bubble out.
- Create a snug seal around the opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl, push the blockage out of the pipe.
- Start plunging firmly in an up-and-down motion. This will force the existing water into the trap way and pipes of the toilet and expel the blockage. The level of water in the toilet bowl will reduce if the plunging is successful.
- Get a bucket of water and gradually pour it into the toilet bowl, and you will know if the blockage has gone when the level of water in the toilet bowl goes down.
- If the level of water does not reduce, continue plunging and pouring water until the block has been eliminated.
There are other ways to go about this if you don’t have a plunger.
Unblock a Toilet using Soap and Hot Water
- Remove excess water manually from the toilet bowl and make sure that you have enough space to add a gallon of liquid. Remove the water using a small container or cup and don’t pour the water back into the toilet bowl when done.
- Add a few slivers of bar soap, dish soap or shampoo just the toilet bowl.
- Heat a gallon of water but don’t allow it boil, a drinkable temperature is just ok because very hot water can crack your toilet bowl. Pour the hot water into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
- Flush the toilet, and if it flushes, the block has been eliminated, and you are free, but if it still overflows, then you have to repeat this step, or you try another method.
Unblock a Toilet by Baking Soda and Vinegar
Half of the water should be removed from the bowl manually and pour a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl.
This mixture will create excessive bubbles, no need to panic; this is why you have to remove excess water at first. Allow the bubbles to sit for 20 minutes, and then you flush.
Unblock a Toilet by Coat Hanger
Put on a pair of disposable gloves and unravel a wire coat hanger. Wrap one end of the straightened wire with a cloth and make it firm using duct tape.
This will ensure it doesn’t scratch your toilet seat. Gently push the debris down the pipe using the hanger, continue doing this until you can flush the toilet.
Push and twist the wire in a circular motion; the task may be out of reach if you can’t feel the wire hitting the blockage or obstruction.
Call an Emergency Plumber
If all these methods fail, then you have to call a local toilet blockage engineers in London. They will help do a major surgery by pulling up the toilet seat to get to the obstruction.
We offer 24 hours emergency plumbing services, we have experienced plumbers who will attend to your call urgently and resolve whatever problem you have.
As a leading plumbing company in London, we also have a wide range of emergency services and we are there to help you after a few minutes of your call.
Our line is open 24 hours a day every day, feel free to contact us on 02034752302.