How to Unblock a Toilet 

A blocked toilet is one of the most common plumbing issues out there. If the water takes a long time to drain out of the toilet, it simply stays at the same level, or it rises towards the brim, this is an indication that your toilet is blocked. This blog will outline different ways to help you unclog your toilet using everyday items and tools found at home. Make sure you have your rubber gloves on!

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Why Do Toilets Get Blocked?

Blocked toilets occur for a number of reasons. For instance, you may have an old-gen toilet with low water pressure, which may, in turn, increase the likelihood of a blockage if it cannot flush enough water down to clear the line.

Limescale build-up and putting non-flushable items down the toilet are two things that often lead to clogged toilets. Baby wipes, sanitary towels, and cotton balls are some of the biggest culprits, as the drainage has simply not been designed to deal with them. Notably, knowing the cause of the blockage will make finding the correct solution easier.

Unblocking a Toilet with a Plunger

A plunger is a go-to tool for most people when they are attempting to unblock a toilet. Make sure that you use a toilet plunger, not a sinker plunger, as the former is bigger than the latter. Although it is a relatively easy-to-use piece of kit, we will recap how to use it correctly.

  1. Run the plunger under a hot tap to soften the rubber; this will make it more effective.
  2. Place the rubber end over the toilet bowl so that it is sealed. The plunger needs to create a vacuum where no water or air can pass through to work well and prevent mess.
  3. Once it is in place, get a firm grip on the handle and plunge vigorously. If after a few minutes it is showing no signs of draining, it is time to try something else. 

Unblocking a Toilet Without a Plunger

If a plunger does not solve the problem or you do not have one, there is a range of other techniques you can use to unblock your toilet. Here are two potential alternatives:

Use Hot Water

For this to work, the water level in your toilet will have to be low otherwise you run the risk of it overflowing. That is why this technique works best for partial blockages. First, remove any excess water from the bowl and close your water supply to prevent the cistern from refilling.

Before you add the hot water, pour in some washing up liquid and let it sit there for a few minutes. Then pour 2 to 3 litres of hot water into the toilet. In theory, the pressure and heat applied by the hot water should help dissolve any items that are causing blockages. We advise you not to use boiling water as this may damage your water bowl, especially if it is porcelain.

Use a Coat Hanger

A wire coat hanger can also be used to remedy a clogged toilet, especially if it is a non-flushable item that is causing the blockage. The hanger should be bent into a curved shape and pushed into the waste pipe. Especially if the clog is stubborn, you should be constantly moving the hanger around to dislodge the item.

What NOT to Do

The main product you should not use when unblocking your toilet in drain blockage cleaner. Chemical blockage cleaner is not designed to be used in toilets. It can react negatively with the chemicals in the unblocker and cause damage to your toilet.

Read more about other situations you should not use drain unblocker.

Seek Professional Help

Prevention is better than cure. You can reduce the likelihood of getting a blocked toilet by regular cleaning or use of the correct cleaning products.

However, if you do need a professional touch to unblock your toilet, contact First Response Drainage today on 0800 043 4680. Our team of specialist engineers are on-hand to make sure that your drains stay in top condition.