Unclogging toilets is undoubtedly not going to be one of your most enjoyable chores, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to unclogging a toilet to help you get the task over with as quickly and simply as possible! Why call a plumber to unclog your toilet when you can unclog a toilet yourself!
Toilets are usually clogged up and blocked by awkward items being flushed down such as nappies, towels or children’s toys but more often or not it is caused by just too much toilet paper.
If you suspect your toilet is blocked and clogged up, don’t keep flushing, this will only serve in overflowing it and causing even more work for you.
There are multiple way to unclog a toilet yourself. It depends what tools you have available to assist. Most common ways are
Before you start trying to unclog your toilet-
Turn off the water to the toilet at the wall. This will minimize the likelihood of the toilet overflowing. Keep the toilet from overflowing. If your toilet doesn’t flush properly after one flush, don’t flush again. This will cause more water to be pumped into the toilet bowl. Instead, take the lid off of the toilet tank and close the toilet flapper. Closing the flapper will keep more water from entering the bowl.The water in the tank isn’t dirty, so it’s fine to stick your hand inside to close the flapper. The flapper looks like a circular drain stopper attached to a chain.
Protect the floor with old towels or newspaper. In case splashing occurs, place newspapers or paper towels on the floor to soak up liquid. The paper will make for easier cleanup later.
Make sure the room is well-ventilated. Stagnant water can produce gases that smell bad and shouldn’t be inhaled, and strong chemicals can, too!
If the clog is serious, put on a pair of rubber gloves. Toilets are unsanitary, but a good pair of rubber cleaning gloves will protect you from any germs within. Choose gloves that reach up to your elbows.
If you can see the cause of the clog, reach in and remove it from the toilet if possible. If you can’t clear it with your hands, but you know there’s an object (such as a child’s toy) causing the clog, get started with one of the methods.
Unblocking a toilet with a plunger
Unblocking a toilet with a coat hanger
Unblocking a toilet with a plumbers snake
Unblocking a toilet with chemicals
Unblocking a toilet with a wet vac
Unblocking a toilet with baking soda
Good Luck and happy unclogging your toilet. If the problem persists, please give a qualified local Plumber to use their specialist tools to clear the toilet.