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Toilet Unblocking

Toilets really can be a chore. When it comes to toilet unblocking it really is a job everyone loves to hate, and given the chance we'll quickly call a plumber to do the dirtiest of jobs for us. However, with callouts costing sometimes in excess of 100 the fact is that unblocking a toilet is a great deal easier than you'd think. In many cases, you could do the job yourself for free, in as little as 20 minutes. Now ask yourself the question, is unblocking a toilet really worth 100?

Toilet unblocking really is something you can do at home. With rubber gloves, there's nothing to worry about and it's just a case of getting on with the job. Effectively, when dealing with a toilet blockage, there are three things you need to do which involve 1) protecting your bathroom floor, 2) protecting yourself and 3) unblocking the toilet.

It's really that simple. Newspaper works for the bathroom floor, rubber gloves and old clothes work for you, and when it comes to the actual toilet unblocking, the tools you need are nothing more than a toilet plunger and a flexible cleaning tool, sometimes called a toilet auger or a plumbers snake.

To unblock the toilet, it's best to try to get as much water out of the toilet as you can. Before you start, also take the opportunity to turn off the toilet water supply, so that after you finish, you can quite easily put a bottle of bleach down there and let it do its job. After getting ready, it's time to start the toilet unblocking.

Typically, the first thing you want to do is to have a go with the toilet plunger. A toilet plunger is similar to a normal one except it's been designed to go in a toilet i.e. it has a special shape for effective toilet unblocking. Ensure you have a good seal on the toilet, and give it five or ten pumps. If you can free the blockage, you'll soon feel the change in pressure.

The good news is that the plunger will work 8 times out of 10. In the event that it doesn't, the toilet auger is your friend for toilet unblocking. This long metal 'snake' has a weight on one end which you hold, and essentially, you slide this into the toilet up to the blockage and use it to free up the blockage by twisting, pulling, pushing whatever.

Between the two methods, if you can't free the blockage, the last resort is to try some commercial drain unblocker. If you have a severe blockage, it may be best to simply call a plumber. While home toilet unblocking works 95% of the time sometimes it's best to call an expert.

However, if you have the tools which cost next to nothing, you'll be able to deal with most problems effectively. Toilet unblocking isn't difficult, it's just a rather unwanted but lucrative job. If you can save 100 by unblocking your own toilet isn't that money well saved?

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