How to unblock a toilet
A blocked toilet can present an extremely unpleasant situation for any homeowner. With the bathroom out of action and the potential for some unwelcome smells developing, it’ll certainly be something you’ll want to sort out promptly. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to rectify the situation yourself.
You will need the following;
- Toilet auger
- Rubber gloves
- Toilet plunger/pump
Step one – checking the drain
Remove the drain cover which is closest to the toilet to check if there is any water in the chamber. If you find water, the issue should be found further along the pipework. Otherwise, the blockage is likely to be either somewhere in the pipe linking the chamber to the toilet, or in the pan itself.
Step two – the plunger
A toilet plunger will work in a similar way to a sink plunger, but will have been designed to specifically fit the shape of a toilet pan. Once it is in the correct position, use it with a back and forth motion to clear the blockage. Complete the process by flushing the toilet a few times.
Step three – the auger
For more severe blockages, you may find that an auger is more suitable. This is a flexible wire with a handle attached. First, take a bucket and remove as much of the water from the toilet bowl as possible. You should then be in a better position to attempt to dislodge the blockage with the wire. Feed it into the toilet before winding the handle once the blockage is felt – you should then be able to remove the obstruction. Complete the process by flushing the toilet a few times.
Other Toilet Blockages
If the blockage isn’t in the toilet, see our guide on unclogging a drain or get in touch with a professional.
Should the instructions above not help to solve your problem, contact a professional at the earliest convenience.