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Blocked Toilet

A blocked toilet really can create loads of problems for homeowners. It's an inconvenience that not only creates chaos for your household; it's also a messy and unpleasant problem to fix. Luckily however, even though a blocked toilet may be one of the worst blockages to fix, it's also one of the easiest. If you're struggling with a blocked toilet, take a look at our guide below for some quality advice.

Firstly when faced with a blocked toilet, you want to ensure that no one starts flushing! If there's a blockage, the water won't go anywhere except all over your bathroom. If you can, start by putting a layer of newspaper around the toilet to try and ensure that things are at least somewhat protected. You also want to ensure that you're wearing old clothes and have some industrial quality rubber gloves. When it comes to unblocking a blocked toilet, many plumbers use extra long rubber gloves which go up to the shoulder. One of the best tools to unblock a blocked toilet if you can bare it, are your hands.

A blocked toilet is a nightmare for everyone but the secret is that while it's a pretty disgusting thing to have to deal with, you can easily solve the problem with protective gloves and some inner strength! Usually the only tools you'll need are a toilet auger which is essentially a long flexible metal rod which can coil, and a toilet plunger which is designed specifically for toilets.

When unblocking a toilet, firstly cut off the water supply to the toilet. Essentially, there are two ways to go about the problem. You can start by using a toilet auger to try and relieve the blockage, which may work or alternatively you can try and empty the toilet into a bucket, followed by using a toilet plunger to unblock things. With major blockages however, the only thing to do is to call a plumber.

However, a plunger and auger can fix the majority of blocked toilet problems. If you can get just a little water to flow, then it's a start because you can then use chlorine bleach, or drain unblocker to do the rest of the work for you. Many drain unblockers take a period of hours to work, but they're highly effective whenever there is at least some flow of water present. Once you've let the chemicals do their work, you can turn on the blocked toilet's water supply give it a few flushes and relax knowing that you've fixed the problem.

Blocked toilets are a goldmine for many plumbers because many people simply don't want to touch the problem. The fact is plumbers don't either, so they'll quite happily charge you a small fortune to deal with the problem! As you can see for yourself, unblocking a toilet isn't difficult it just takes a bit of courage. If you can unblock a sink, then you can unblock a toilet. If you have protective gloves, then there's no reason why you can't at least give it a try!


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