Few things can give you heart palpitations and sleepless nights like a clogged toilet bowl. The second we hear that horrifying sound of a blocked toilet, it sends our nerves in a whack, causing us to frantically push the flush again and again completely forgetting that we’re making a bad situation worse.
So while your toilet plumbing problems can require quick action, they typically are no cause to spiral down into rethinking your entire life choices. To clear blocked toilets is often easier than you think and most clogs can be overcome at home DIY style by a toilet unblocker such as a plunger or a plumbing snake. For tougher blockages, you can always call a professional plumber.
To unclog all your toilet woes, we have compiled a very quick and handy list of pointers for you that you can refer to anytime to effectively tackle your unblocking toilet problems:-
First, Some General Advice To Always Keep In Mind Before You Fix A Toilet:-
a) Keep the toilet from overflowing – If flushing once doesn’t work, don’t flush again. Instead, turn the cistern mini tap off to ensure the toilet will not be flushed.
b) Do damage control – If the above tip comes only too late to you, don’t worry and remember it for the next time. Meanwhile, soak up any overflowed water on the floor with paper towels. Open up all the windows and doors and switch on the exhaust to rid the toilet off any foul odour.
c) Don your gloves – Put on a pair of rubber gloves before you get down to the dirty business. Choose a pair that reach up to your elbows if available.
d) Can you remove it manually? – If the cause of your clog is clear, like a sponge or a child’s toy stuck in the bowl, try and remove it manually with a gloved hand to unclog your toilet.
Using A Plunger
A plunger is a toilet drain cleaner that can single-handedly solve most of your toilet problems.
Do It Right:-
- Pick a large heavy-duty plunger instead of a cheaper, smaller one. They last longer and are much more effective.
- Run some hot water on the plunger for a few seconds to soften it
- Insert the plunger into the bowl, making sure you have a sturdy grip and that it completely covers the hole.
- Ensure that the plunger head is actually submerged in water. You should be pushing and pulling the water in the bowl, not the air outside. Add water to the bowl if necessary.
- Now push the plunger slowly into the bowl for your first pump.
- Pull up sharply to exert vacuum pressure on the clog to loosen it.
- Vigorously do pump and pull strokes till the water begins to drain. It can take up to 20 cycles to do this.
- Be patient. Slow and steady wins the race. As long as there is not a major clog, plunging consistently and strongly alone will do the trick.
- When plunging drains if the water completely drains out of the bowl, yet the clog is still stuck in, repeat all the above steps. Do this 2-3 times. If the clog comes out, congratulations! You just learned a new skill. If it doesn’t, don’t worry. There is nothing that a professional plumber cannot fix.