How to fix a blocked toilet at your Melbourne home or business
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when learning how to fix a blocked toilet at your Melbourne home or business, is knowing when you should put down the plunger and call Drainfast’s 24 hour drain cleaning plumbers. The reason we say this is that there are several bathroom or drain phenomena that can lead to blocked toilets, with some being more serious than others. For example, we have probably all been guilty at some point of going a little bit overboard with the toilet paper, which in addition to getting plenty of fiber in your diet, can create a minor blocked toilet problem.
If you notice your toilet is blocked after flushing a large load of waste material, the flushed load may be temporarily stuck in the toilet trap and should dislodge as it begins to break down in the water. You might like to help it along with a plunger, or if you want to give your toilet drain and sewer drains a clean, you could use one of our recipes for natural drain cleaning solutions.
When To Leave A Blocked Toilet Alone Until The Experts in Blocked Drain Cleaning Arrive
While the blocked toilets we described above can be a bit gross for some of us, we assure you that they are nothing compared to a blocked toilet gone wrong. An all too common site for our blocked drain and drain cleaning plumbers in Melbourne is a blocked toilet overflowing with sewer waste that has been purged back through the toilet and even other low-surface drains such as bath drains and shower drains. This happens all too much, when a customer who has the best of intentions mistakes a backed up, blocked sewer drain for a minor blocked toilet issue, and takes a plunger to the toilet with great vigor. This can cause pressure that has built up deep down in your sewer drain to come surging back up through your toilet and other low-lying drains, creating a very unsightly bio-hazard.
To avoid this happening to you, avoid using a plunger unless you believe you know for sure that the blocked toilet is caused by a simple issue such as flushing too much toilet paper or other waste, which the plunger can dislodge and help flush away. If you have noticed the water level in your toilet bowl rising over time, or that the water in the toilet drains away more slowly than usual, then the beginnings of a blocked sewer may be taking shape. In these cases, where you cannot identify the problem and it appears to have built up gradually, it is always best to leave the blocked toilet to the blocked drain cleaning specialists at Drainfast just in case it turns out to be a blocked sewer and not a blocked toilet after all.
How to Fix a Blocked Toilet Yourself
A blocked toilet can be a major hassle for any home or business owner, but learning how to fix a blocked toilet can save you time and money. Luckily, not all blocked toilets require the assistance of a 24 hour blocked drain cleaning plumber. In this piece, we’ll tell you how to determine what might be causing the problem and how to fix a blocked toilet on your own if the problem isn’t serious.
Backed up or slow flushing blocked toilet
Most modern toilets are required to wash away large amounts of material, and they do so with admirable efficiency. If you notice that your toilet has been flushing more slowly than usual, or water is reaching higher up in the bowl than it should, you may be witnessing the beginnings of a blocked toilet. It’s important to start treating the blocked toilet problem immediately, as leaving it could result in a blocked sewer drain backing up. A backed up blocked drain can cause sewerage to flow back up and out of your blocked toilet, creating a biological hazard and distressing mess.
If you decide to try plunging, plunge gently and only for a few seconds at a time; the last thing you want on your hands is a blocked sewer backup flooding your bathroom with sewer waste!
Clogged soil stack or blocked sewer line creating blocked toilets
These are some common causes of a blocked toilet that our blocked drain cleaning plumbers encounter in both residential and commercial premises across Melbourne. Before you start working to fix the blocked toilet, you should try and determine if you or someone else has accidentally dropped something in the bowl, for example, or have flushed a larger than normal amount of material. If you have accidentally flushed something solid, you shouldn’t use a plunger, as this may push the offending object further into your system making it harder to retrieve.
In this situation, you should try using a length of wire to retrieve the object, which may be caught in the trap of your blocked toilet. If you have the tools, you could try and remove the blocked toilet unit and then use wire to retrieve the obstructing object from the drain.
If it is only the toilet that is flushing slowly (and your home’s other drains are working as they should) then it is likely that the blockage is located within the toilet’s system, with a clogged soil stack or blocked sewer line being potential culprits.
How to unblock a toilet using a plunger
You should only use a plunger if you are sure that no solid objects have accidentally been flushed down the toilet. First of all, you should turn off the tap which feeds water into the cistern. This will ensure that excess liquid is not flowing into the bowl – this is an important measure in reducing the unsanitary splashing about of toilet liquids. Once the tap has been turned off, you should wait a few minutes for the water levels to recede.
If the blockage is located near the fixture, a plunger can be extremely effective in dislodging it. Try flushing the toilet and plunging as the water flows into the bowl. It may be a good idea to plug any sinks or drains also located in the bathroom, as plunging the toilet could cause liquid to emerge from these systems.
Don’t give up if the blockage isn’t cleared immediately, you may need to persist for a while when plunging as it can take time for the blockage to become dislodged. Make sure that you don’t flush the toilet if there is already a large amount of liquid in the bowl. You risk getting a bacterial infection if you allow sewerage material to come into contact with your eyes, skin, or even clothes. Make sure that you clean yourself thoroughly once you’ve finished dealing with your blocked toilet.
If you are unable to clear the blockage, you should call our blocked drain cleaning plumbers in Melbourne for professional assistance. In the mean time, you can hire a portable toilet or use a camping toilet unit to minimise inconvenience – you definitely should not attempt to use a malfunctioning or blocked toilet, especially if a plumber is coming to work on it for you.
As with all plumbing problems, some blocked toilets can be fixed fairly easily on your own. But if you are unable to figure out how to fix a blocked toilet in your home or business, the system likely needs a professional inspection and repair.
We hope you now have a better understanding on how to fix a blocked toilet. For blocked toilet emergencies and for when you require the services of the 24 hour plumber and drain cleaning professionals, contact Drainfast today! Drainfast are the Drain Cleaning blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne. Call Drainfast today on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.