Everyone has dealt with an inconvenient toilet blockage before, oor slow draining water a clear sign there’s problems ahead. Perhaps you have to leave your house, and your toilet clogs right before you’re set to go. Or even worse, you’re at someone else’s house and their toilet ends up getting blocked!!! No matter what the scenario is, there are times when calling a drainage company or plumber simply does not seem like an option. Moreover, it’s understandable not to want to spend money on a professional plumbing service if it’s a clog you can reasonably get rid of on your own. Keep reading for some clever and top ways to unblock/unclog your toilet without calling a plumber, and remember, for severe blockages and minor clogs and other bathroom service needs, Complete Drainage UK is always here for you.
Easy Ways to Unclog a Toilet Without a Call-out or Plumber:
Use a Plunger: This is, of course, the classic method for getting rid of toilet blockages, and still probably the most effective if you can find a plunger nearby. If you do not already have a plunger in your home, it is important to know which kind to buy before selecting one. For toilet blockages, you’re going to want to go with a flange plunger—sometimes just called a toilet plunger. This is the kind with the rubber flap, or flange on the end, designed to create a perfect seal with the toilet drain. Push this plunger down gently to get rid of clogs, repeating the process a few times while keeping the tight seal. You should see water rush down the drain if the clog is taken care of. If you are not able to get rid of the clog after several times of repeating this process, you may have to call the blocked drain specialists or professional plumber.
Baking Soda & Vinegar – Drain Unblocking
Combine Baking Soda & Vinegar: The combination of baking soda and vinegar is a classic way to get rid of clogs—toilet or otherwise. For toilet clogs specifically, add one cup of baking soda to your toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, pour in two cups of vinegar. Make sure to pour slowly, as you don’t want the bubbly, chemical reaction these two products cause to come jumping out of your toilet. Once you have let the entire mixture sit for several minutes, flush the toilet and see if your clog has cleared.
Wire Coil Snake – Unblocking the Blockage *Caution
Snake It Out: In the plumbing world, a “snake,” also sometimes called an “auger,” is a tool used to break up drain clogs. Snakes can include everything from disposable plastic tools to complicated metal devices. For toilet clogs specifically, we recommend the more professional kind, with a handle on the end. Insert the device into your toilet, slowly turning the handle until you have found the clog and punctured it. When you wind the snake back up, the clog should be broken up and you should be able to flush properly again. Repeat this process if you do not succeed the first time. Once again, if snaking your toilet does not work after several attempts, calling a blocked drain company or plumber is probably your best bet. *Caution should be warned if pushing wire or coil snake into pipework as breaking your pipework or piping will only lead to bigger isssues.
Hot Water & Detergent – Toilet Clog
Pour in Some Hot Water: While it may sound simplistic, hot water and a little dish soap can be a surprisingly effective way of getting rid of toilet clogs. Heat about a gallon of water on the stove, and while you are waiting for it to boil, squirt a little dish soap in your toilet bowl. Next, carefully pour the water into your toilet, ensuring there is no risk of overflow (obviously, this option only works if your toilet bowl is not full.) Then simply wait a few minutes so the clog is softened and give your toilet a flush. Professional tip: if you are in a situation where you don’t want to leave the bathroom, this can also be done with shampoo and hot water from the sink.
DIY – Drain Unblocking Blocked Toilet
Go the DIY Route: If you desperately need to get rid of a blocked toilet and have no other option, there are several UK household items you can use to help break up the obstruction. One of the most reliable DIY ways to get rid of drain blocks is to straighten a wire to create a homemade plumbing snake, used with caution as mentioned above. And while it might not seem pleasant, if you are in a hurry, you can break up a clog with a toilet brush (just make sure that brush is either disposed of or thoroughly cleaned after use.) Essentially, get creative. DIY drain cleaning is probably not the ideal choice when it comes to your toilet, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Bio-Cleaner – Liquid Drain Cleaners
Try a Bio-Cleaner: As any drainage expert or local plumber will tell you, liquid drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals which not only tend to be ineffective, but can also eat away at your plastic pipes over time, they can also scar or damage surfaces if left for a period of time. For a safer store-bought option, go for the bio-cleaner route, friendlier for the environment. These organic drain cleaners are sadly harder to find these days, but are safer for your bathrooms, kitchens and plumbing system than the usual option, and these can be very effective for dealing with blocked drains or toilet clogs that haven’t gotten too big over time. As Complete Drainage Plumbers state, “Prevention is Better than Cure……especially when it comes down to blocked drains.”
Need a blockage taken care of ASAP? For when you’ve tried everything or don’t have time to wait, Call Complete Drainage UK.
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