There is no worse feeling than when your toilet becomes clogged and you can’t use it. It’s a frustrating situation to be in, especially if you don’t know how to fix the problem. There are plenty of methods out there that will try to sell you their products or services, but we’ll teach you how to unblock a toilet without them. Let’s take a look at the various types of blockages before we go any further.
Identify the type of blockage you have
The water draining slowly from the toilet is an indication that a blockage has formed. Don’t wait for the toilet to become entirely blocked before attempting to unclog it. It’s far easier to unclog something early on rather than late in the game.
The second type of blockage is when there is no water in the bowl after flushing the toilet and the waste pipe air circulation is inadequate. This indicates a problem with waste pipe air circulation.
Finally, there is the total blockage, which is revealed by how high the water level in the toilet bowl rises towards the brim and does not drain away. If you have this type of obstruction, remove as much water as possible from the toilet using a separate bucket and don’t be tempted to flush again; otherwise, you’ll wind up with water all over your bathroom.
If you are still having trouble identifying the type of blockage you have then feel free to contact a plumber in London who will be able to find a solution for you.
How to unblock a toilet with a plunger
We’ll begin with a simple and efficient method for unblocking a toilet using a plunger. Follow these procedures:
1.) Prepare the area before you start
You need to have an old towel on hand, which you can use to wipe up the excess water. If you don’t want any stains in your bathroom then make sure that you’ve got some bleach solution prepared as well. If the situation arises to pull up rather than push down a blockage, it’s a good idea to have a bucket on standby. To protect yourself, use rubber gloves and cover your clothing in old layers.
2.) Prevent overflows
To ensure that no overflowing nightmares happen that day, you will need to turn the shutoff valve. If you don’t know where it is located then the best thing to do would be to turn off both supply valves.
You can locate them by tracing out the path that supplies your house with water; they’re usually close together and found near the base of your toilet’s fill valve (the mechanism responsible for refilling). If there are no shutoff valves, try wrapping a rag around the base of your toilet tank so as to prevent any overflowing from happening.
If that doesn’t work, or if you have an older toilet with no shutoff valve, deal with the float or flapper inside the water tank. The water within the tank is exactly the same as that which comes out of the tap.
The float is the spherical or balloon-like piece that sinks as the water level drops and opens the water valve to fill up the tank. It’s possible you’ll need something to keep it upright.
Alternatively, you may shut off the flapper. The circular drain stopper is linked to a chain by a drain stopper with a chain. If you do either of these three methods, no water will be able to enter your tank after flushing it out.
3.) Check your plunger
If you can remove the obstruction manually, double-check to see whether it’s a child’s toy or something else before using the plunger. If that isn’t the case, it’s time to pick up the plunger.
Make sure you’re using the right one: toilets require a rubber flange that folds back into the suction cup when not in use; sinks need a plunger with no flange.
If you use the wrong instrument, the task will be more difficult and time-consuming since you won’t have a good seal around the hole. To make the plunger even more effective, soften the rubber in hot water for a few minutes.
Before you begin plunging, make sure the plunger is completely immersed in water and that it covers the pipe. To get the best outcomes, fill the toilet bowl with water from the sink.
4.) Time to plunge
Grasp the plunger firmly and cover your other hand with an old towel (or wear a glove) before you plunge.
Holding the plunger over the hole, press down quickly and pull up abruptly to create suction; repeat this action several times until you feel that there is no more resistance from within. If necessary, add some hot water for better results.
It’s worth repeating: if it doesn’t work or if things get worse then don’t be afraid to contact a professional plumbing service in London such as us who will unblock any toilet regardless of where it is located in London.
5.) Clean the tools that you use
Once you’re done with the plunger, it’s time to clean up. Dispose of any excess water and make sure everything is dry. It’s also vital to clean your plunger thoroughly. Pour bleach and washing detergent into the toilet bowl, swirl the plunger for a few minutes in the mixture, then flush twice to wash it. This will also aid in the removal of the obstacle.
How can you unblock a toilet without a plunger?
If you don’t have a plunger or it isn’t working, what should you do? If that’s the case, we recommend the following techniques for removing a toilet without a plunger:
Using a Drain Auger to unblock a toilet
A toilet auger, also known as a plumber’s snake or drain snake, is a long, flexible instrument used to remove blockages that can’t be broken up with a standard plunger.
1.) Insert the auger into your toilet
Insert the auger into your toilet, ensuring that it goes in at an angle of 45 degrees. The end should face directly towards where you think the blockage is located.
2.) Rotate the auger until the blockage is clear
Once you’ve inserted it all way down until there’s nothing left extending out from the other side (your hand holding on to the plunger), rotate 360 degrees clockwise and then counterclockwise while slowly pulling back on it.
If this doesn’t work after trying several times, try rotating in only one direction for a longer period of time before moving backwards; if necessary repeat both motions but do so more gently than before with less power behind them.
3.) Remove the auger from the toilet
If the cable can go in deeper than it previously could and there is no resistance, pull it out by rotating in the opposite direction.
4.) Test and repeat
If the blockage still isn’t gone, repeat this process until you’ve broken it up. To see whether the obstruction has been removed, flush the toilet a couple of times. If the water isn’t draining properly, start again.
When you’re done using the auger, wipe it down or wash it and let it dry on its own; do not, however, store it wet because it will subsequently rust.
It may take several attempts to remove a really stubborn one but if all else fails then call us for professional help with any toilet repair in London or anywhere else.
Use a coat hanger to remove an obstructed toilet
To apply this approach, you’ll need a wire coat hanger or one with a plastic covering. Wire coat hangers are flexible enough to be bent into a curve and won’t scratch your toilet. If you only have a basic wire coat hanger, cover it with tape or an old towel to prevent damage to the toilet bowl.
Insert the makeshift equipment into the drain and move it to unclog it. If you feel something obstructing your way, push against it and see if the water will begin to flow properly. You may have a lot of trouble reaching a blockage using this approach, though. This implies that whatever is blocking the drains is much deeper down.
If you are still unsure, you can always call an experienced plumber. You can visit http://www.vividpropertycare.co.uk/ to know the services we offer in solving your plumbing problems.