How to unblock a toilet

 

How to unblock a toilet

 

If there’s one essential facility in your house, it’s the toilet.

A blocked toilet is a real hassle. It’s inconvenient, tricky to deal with - and rather embarrassing if you live in a shared house.

The problem

Blocked toilet
Blocked toilets are fairly common and you can often unblock them yourself. If the problem gets worse or you have any concerns, contact us at Dyno Plumbing. We’ll help you clear the blockage and get your toilet back to normal.

 

The solution

Don’t flush!
The first rule of dealing with a blocked toilet is simple: don't flush! It feels instinctive, but it usually creates more problems than it solves. Excessive flushing can cause your toilet to overflow and create a serious mess. So step away from the handle, and think about removing the blockage first.

Plunge away
The next step is to grab a plunger. This can get messy, so find a pair of gloves before getting stuck in. If you're lucky, this should do the trick and fix the blockage. When you're totally convinced your job is done, flush the toilet again to check that everything is back to normal

Avoid chemicals
If you don’t have any luck with the plunger, chemicals could be an option. While chemical drain cleaners such as caustic soda can clear blockages, they can be harmful to the environment - and can irritate or even burn your skin. Try to avoid using these chemicals yourself if you can.

Call the professionals
If your toilet blockage is really stubborn or if it keeps blocking, then it might be time to let us step in and help.

At Dyno Plumbing we have a qualified team of plumbers who can help you solve the problem. Recurring blockages could be caused by a problem further down the pipe. So our plumbers have the tools to shift hard-to-reach obstructions and prevent problems happening again in the future.

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Health & safety

This video has been produced for information only. It offers you basic advice to do the job yourself. To prevent hurting yourself or damaging equipment or property, please use the right tools and protective equipment. If you have any concerns please give us a call and book an engineer.
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