Ways to Unblock a Toilet

There are a number of different methods that you can try when you need to unblock a toilet.  It is not one of the most pleasant of jobs you will ever undertake, but it is important to have patience and not get frustrated while doing it; the last thing you want to do is cause any serious damage to the system.

Sometimes flushing the toilet several times in a row can clear the blockage if it is fairly minor.  If the water level rises up very high each time and takes a while to go back down, however, then the blockage is more serious.  In this case, it is best to flush once or twice to see what happens, then wait half an hour and flush again to see if it has made a difference.  Do not keep flushing as it could make the problem worse, and even cause the water to rise up and spill onto the floor.

Before you try other methods, you should roll up any sleeves and put on rubber gloves.

It is sometimes possible to unblock a toilet by using a wire to help move the blockage up the pipes.  Flush to see if this makes a difference.  If you can see the cause, then it is better to try and pull it up rather than pushing it further down. 

Another common solution is to use a plunger to create a vacuum and force the blockage up.  If it works, remove it and place into a bin liner to dispose of – do not flush it back down the toilet.

Appropriate chemical solutions can be used to break up toilet paper blockages, although they can be quite harsh, and so are recommended as a last resort.  When using any such product, always read the instructions carefully.

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