Blocked Toilet

How To Fix Any Blocked Toilet

Toilet Plumbing Problems?

Blocked drains are a plumbing headache no one likes encountering. However, there is no bigger nightmare than a blocked toilet. 

Attempting to unblock a toilet is never pleasant, and the urge to fix it quickly is understandable. But not all blockages are severe, and there isn’t one method that can fix every clog. 

Moreover, some bathroom drains may have blockages far down the pipe, while others are more stubborn. Fortunately, our guide will help you fix any drain blockages when it comes to your toilet.

Leading Causes of a Blocked Toilet Drain?

There is a wide list of reasons a blockage can occur when it comes to drains. Bathroom drains are no different. Blocked toilets are usually the result of any of the following:

1. Toilet paper.

Being too enthusiastic with toilet paper can easily clog your toilet. We’ve all experienced it, whether we like to admit it. Most of the time toilet paper dissolves, but there is only so much that will go down when you flush the toilet.

The easiest way to prevent this is simply to be mindful of how much toilet paper you’re using. As a general rule, ten sheets should be enough. Anything more than that, and you run the risk of a blocked toilet.

2. Toys or foreign objects.

It isn’t unusual for those with kids to find toys, crayons, and other objects floating in the toilet bowl. When flushed, these small objects get stuck in the S-trap and cause a blockage.

Install a toilet lock to stop toys and the like from making their way to your toilet. Doing so stops your children from being able to lift the toilet lid and prevents a blocked drain from occurring. Alternatively, you can keep the bathroom door closed or supervise your children when near the toilet.

3. Hygiene products.

You should never flush hygiene products like menstrual pads or tampons. Even if the product says they’re flushable, it’s best to avoid doing so. The biggest myth is that tampons and other feminine products dissolve in your plumbing system. Unlike toilet paper, these products are not bio-degradable. Instead, they absorb liquid.

Unclogging a toilet is not fun, and you will have to put it in the bin regardless. Save yourself a blocked toilet that will overflow, and don’t flush hygiene products.

4. Flushable wipes.

Contrary to popular belief, flushable wipes are, in fact, not flushable. Like hygiene products, flushable wipes go in the bin. These wipes do not break down in the water and clog together in your bathroom drains.

How to Unblock Your Toilet

Below is the order you should follow when tackling a blocked drain. 

1. Determine the Problem

Before attempting to unblock any drain, the first step is to try and locate the blockage. If the block is visible, remove it manually using rubber gloves. 

Gloves being worn to unblock a clogged toilet

However, the cause of the blockage will not always be visible. Instead, it will be an overflowing bowl, slow draining time, or a gurgling sound that alerts you to the block. If you can’t see what’s causing the blocked toilet, try the following methods.     

2. Use a Drain Cleaner

Depending on how stubborn the block is, you can implement two types of household drain cleaners. The first is hot water and dish soap. The combination works by breaking up and loosening the drain blockage. When using hot water and dish soap, wait 10-15 minutes for the solution to soften the clog before attempting to flush. It’s important to use hot water and not boiling, as boiling water can damage ceramic toilets, leading to cracks or coating stripped.

Dish soap being applied to a block toilet

The second option is to use vinegar and baking soda. Mixing these creates a bubbling reaction that works to dislodge loose materials. For your safety, wear rubber gloves and eye protection, and ensure a window is open for ventilation. Each treatment should be 10-15 minutes and may need repeating if the block is severe. 

If you haven’t read our guide on drain cleaning, check it out here

3. Take Out a Plunger

A more hands-on approach is needed when a liquid drain cleaner doesn’t fix your blocked toilet drain. For any toilet block, you will need a flange plunger. The toilet bowl’s curved shape makes a cup plunger useless as it cannot create a vacuum, which the flange’s rubber flap can do.

Flange plunger being used on a blocked toilet

To use a plunger, place it vertically over the drain at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Once it is submerged in the water, press down firmly to create suction and release the plunger slowly. Repeat for 15-20 seconds then stop to see if the water begins draining. Continue plunging with extra force if the toilet water drains slowly.

4. Unblock with a Drain Snake or Auger

For deeper and stronger blockages you need to use a drain snake or auger. These tools are perfect for unblocking your toilet when liquid drain cleaning or plunging can’t do the trick. 

Drain snake

Drain snakes are very flexible and quite thin, making them a great choice for finding and dislodging stubborn blocks that are out of reach. A drain snake breaks apart and removes blockages by unwinding its metal coil and scraping along the drainpipe. If you don’t own a drain snake, a wire coat hanger can suffice. However, it’s important to note that this tool is only suitable for small blockages like hair or toilet paper.

5. If All Else Fails, Call a Plumber

Sometimes your best bet is to call a plumber or blocked drain specialist. Whether you don’t own a plumber or a drain snake, or the drain cleaner isn’t doing the trick, contacting us is the best way to get your toilet plumbing problem solved. 
Northern Beaches Blocked Drains have been unblocking toilets for years and always fixes the problem right the first time. Save yourself the stress and call 0416 962 481 or email service@northernbeachesblockeddrain.com.au today!

 

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