Slow draining toilet to complete overflow from a clogged and blocked toilet pipe. A few simple tips on how to unblock a badly blocked toilet & how to unclog a toilet when nothing works.
How to unblock and how to unclog a toilet (and when to ring a professional!)
How to unblock a badly blocked toilet
We will show you a simple method for unclogging a toilet using hot water and shampoo. There are a few other methods of how to unblock a toilet pipe & DIY clearing a toilet drain, this option for unblocking a toilet works because someone has been reckless with the toilet paper and to unblock the toilet pipe you don’t have to touch the water.
To unblock a badly blocked toilet You will need:
- 1 clogged / blocked toilet
- A generous amount of detergent (i.e., Fairy Dish washing liquid, shampoo, liquid soap, or any other cleaner that gets sudsy)
- Hot (but not boiling) water
- A basin or a bucket for the hot water to fill the toilet bowl in a restrained / controlled manner.
- Step 1: Add detergent and Hot Water
Get your bottle of detergent /shampoo or liquid soap and squirt a generous amount into the toilet bowl.
Follow that with a bucket of very hot water from the hot tap (not boiling).
Fill the toilet full but not overflowing.
NEVER USE BOILING WATER – The reasons you should not use boiling water to unclog a toilet is because:
- BOILING WATER CAN DAMAGE PVC DRAIN PIPES AND RUBBER SEALS AT THESE PIPE JOINTS
- WAX SEALANT RINGS AT THE BASE OF TOILET BOWLS CAN MELT AND ALLOW TOILET BOWLS TO LEAK
- TOILETS ARE MADE OF CERAMICS WHICH HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CRACK FROM THE EXTREME’S IN TEMPERATURE (COLD MAINS WATER TO BOILING HOT WATER).
Just use hot water from the tap. Fill up the toilet bowl with the hot water up to below the rim should be sufficient to mix with the shampoo / detergent. Leave to work for 10 minutes or so.
2.Step 2: Return and check the level of water in the toilet bowl
After a few minutes the water level will have lowered.
If nothing has happened wait 10 minutes more. If still nothing has happened you will probably need to bail some of the water out and add more hot water/ soap. ( The Hot water helps break up toilet paper quicker and the detergent soap helps lubricates the passage of solid material).
After 10 minutes –
If the water level is lower than before add more soap and more hot water (hot water does not need to be as hot as the first time as this time there is less water in the toilet to heat up).
Again wait for water to drain. This process should be now be quicker as the hot water has begun to break up the block and the soap is helping to carry away the blocked materials.
Repeat the process until water flows freely.
3.Step 3 : Done – Toilet unblocked!
If this simple toilet unclog trick or plunger unblocking has worked your toilet will be flushing and draining the bowl normally. Freshen the bowl with some ‘Drain duck’ or bleach cleaning product & if your family and guests aren’t aware you’ve had a clogged up toilet – Tell them of your ‘no plumber’ DIY fix while warning them to treat your bathroom with respect and not to put half an Andrex factory down the toilet every time they flush!!!
If step 3 hasn’t worked, the clog won’t budge despite repeated attempts to unblock – here are options:
A – If you’re a DIY plumber with a few hours to spare you an pull up the toilet. This involves isolation of the water supply, some disassembly of the toilet and cistern, remove the toilet bowl from the mounting ring & then you may be able to get at the problem
B – spend a small fortune at the local builders providers / DIY merchants on drain snakes and other implements and hope they perform as advertised and that the blockage is within reach of the chosen tool.
Emergency drain cleaners &unblock toilet plumbers
Often the blockage is out of reach or worse yet you have multiple blockages and damaged drain waste pipes from your attempts to free the drain clog (Happens very frequently when people use coat hangers and other implements to unblock a toilet pipe).
So Your’re trying to unclog toilet when nothing works, how to unblock a badly blocked toilet clog or drain block?
A sign of a block further along or deeper in the drain pipes is if water is over flowing at other points along the drain pipes and not just the toilet is blocked or slow draining.
Step 3. ‘C’ – ‘C’ stands for Common sense dictates Call a drain cleaning plumber!
Plumbers aren’t that expensive with our local drain plumber company from Drain Cleaning Westmeath has offering toilet unclog – drain pipe unblocking from €80, No call out charges. With drain cleaning service professionals ready for same day call out to fix your drain pipe or toilet block in Kildare, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath they can put your bathroom back in service fast, even when you have a major blockage.
The added advantage of hiring a professional drain cleaning service and emergency drain plumber is the diagnosis of the blockage problem and essential information to a home owner ‘what caused the toilet to clog and will this problem repeat?’ –
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