Nobody wants a blocked toilet – it’s smelly, inconvenient and often creates a bit of a mess! That’s why we’ve compiled some information on quick fixes for that all too common problem of a blocked toilet. Just how can you unblock a toilet if you have a bit of a problem where something just wont go down?
First things first, what is the blockage?
You probably know what is blocking your toilet, but you might not. Depending on the types of blockages you might be experiencing in your bathroom, the solution will be different. Ask whoever was there when the toilet became blocked if they know why, or look around and see if you can ascertain the problem.
Toys where they shouldn’t be
If you’ve got kids, or your friends do, then you probably know that sometimes toys end up where they shouldn’t be. If there is a toy inside your toilet don’t fret – it might be the end for the toy- but not for the toilet. Having a talk to your kids and let them know the problems that arise if the toilet is blocked is a good idea, but for now – let’s get that toilet sorted.
How to fix it:
So what are your options when your kids have decided to share their toys with your toilet? A classic tip is to use a coat hanger. They make the perfect tool because there a common household item and the resistant but flexible wire makes for a great hook. Unravel the regular shape of the coat hanger until it is a long thin wire with one end that is hooked or rounded. Tying a piece of fabric around this end will stop it from scratching the inside of your toilet bowl and damaging it. You can now use this makeshift device to scoop toys out of where they don’t belong.
Sometimes even if something does belong in the toilet, too much of it can cause a problem. A build-up of hair from an at home haircut, too much toilet paper, or some items that don’t quite belong – sanitary items or condoms, can cause a nasty toilet blockage.
How to fix it:
This is a good time to get out the plunger. Your plunger should help you push everything through and allow the toilet to begin functioning normally again. However, sometimes a plunger may be more trouble than it is worth if a more heavy duty type is needed.
Yuck! I don’t want to touch that stinky toilet.
We know that lots of people don’t want to go near a yucky toilet, especially when it’s all full of unmentionables. Sometimes if the problem is quite severe an everyday person can make things worse, so a professional might be what you need.
These three hints were sent in to us by our friends over at No Doubt Plumbing, who have been expertly unblocking your toilet for over 20 years!