Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet
Although major blocked toilet or blocked sewer issues will always require professional assistance from a licensed plumber, you can probably fix a minor clogged toilet yourself with the right advice and a few tools.
The trusty plunger
It’s a great idea to make sure that you’ve got a plunger stored somewhere in your home or business. Once you’ve noticed that the toilet is clogged, make sure that there is not an excessive amount of water in the bowl and start plunging. The blockage might be dislodged right away, but it can take quite a few minutes of plunging to build up the required pressure to unblock the toilet in some cases.
Plumbing snakes and drain cleaning liquid
These are lengths of steel cable fitted with a head which has rotating blades to break up the material inside a blocked toilet or blocked drain. You can buy manual plumbing snakes from most hardware stores. They are quite cheap and easy to use, with a handle which is turned to rotate the bladed head, so no power is required. You could also use an electric plumbing snake, but you will probably need to rent one from a hardware dealer.
When using a plumbing snake, feed the cable into the blocked toilet drain slowly, rotating it as you go. When you feel resistance, you have probably reached the blockage. Turn the handle to rotate the head, and slowly move the snake back and forth to break up the material that is blocking your toilet drain.
We have several natural drain cleaning recipes on this website, you might also like to use these in your attempt to fix your clogged toilet.
Call your plumber!
If you believe the blocked toilet problem might be more serious, or you have tried the above methods without success, it is time to call a professional plumber for assistance. The blocked toilet could be caused by a sewer drain backup, damaged pipe or joint, or built up debris in the toilet drain. We can use our plumbing equipment, such as cameras and water jetter drain cleaning machines, to clear the blockage and repair any damage to your toilet. The work of a qualified plumber is always guaranteed by the Australian plumbing standards, so you can rest assured that any work we do can be trusted to leave you better off than you were before.
If you’ve got a blocked toilet, and need more than tips to fix a clogged toilet, call us so we can end the hassle for you. Drainfast are specialist drain cleaning and blocked drain plumbers serving clients all over Melbourne.