How To Fix A Blocked Toilet?

Do you know what is worse than a dirty toilet? A clogged one.

There are many reasons why your toilet is plagued by clogs half the time. The one you have at home may be too small for comfort if you know what I mean. If that is the case, then you may want to consider replacing your bathroom unit entirely. However, more often than not, the cause of clogs is preventable and solvable for the most part. All you need is the right kind of help to “unclog” your problems!

What Causes A Clog?

As mentioned above, there are one too many factors that play a part in causing blocked toilets in Sydney homes. Here are a few of them:

      – Flushing Down “Non-Flushable” Items

Admit it; you have probably tried to rid yourself of some unwanted items by flushing them down the toilet drain (read more). Paper towels that are not meant for bathroom use, Q-tips, your dead pet fish, and whatever else that you may have thought would go easy down the pipes.

While modern, high-capacity toilets may not easily break or get blocked from flushing down small paraphernalia, first-gen units (or those with the low flow type) don’t have much wiggle room to let random things pass through. This leads to pretty bad blocks and can become a real annoyance for the next person to use the bathroom.

Also, if you have children, they may innocently flush small toys and items in the house out of a whim, so make sure your toilets are guarded!

      – The Trap Is Blocked

If you take a quick peek into the anatomy of your toilet unit, you will see that there is a section near the bottom that curves in and holds the water. Sometimes, there can be something lodged in this segment and that makes water difficult to flush. Often, the block is not perceivable with your eyes, so you may need to apply some pumping action to eject or loosen whatever is causing the block.

      – More Serious Plumbing Issues

Your bathroom’s plumbing system goes beyond what you can see with your eyes. Below the surface, there is a network of pipes, along with vents and other fixtures, that make up the entire plumbing system. If you can’t seem to figure out why your toilet is clogged, then the problem is likely much more serious than you think. Best call local plumbers, like Dial Up Plumbing, to do the handy work for you.

 

What You Can Try When Your Toilet Is Clogged

  1.   Good Old Reliable Pump

Most bathrooms will have rubber pumps ready in case of a toilet clog – even public bathrooms have them! If there is something lodged in the trap of your toilet, you can use a plunger to pull it out. It won’t work every time, but it’s the best go-to solution for minor clogs.

  1.   White Vinegar and Baking Soda Combo

These common pantry items that usually double as cleaning solutions can make miracles happen. The acidity of the white vinegar and the alkaline nature of baking soda creates a fizzy reaction that can dislodge or dissolve clogs in your drain. Remember to use equal parts baking soda and white vinegar for the best results.

  1.   Call In The Professionals

If DIY solutions do not seem to work, there is only one thing left to do – call in a professional plumber. Companies like Dial Up Plumbing offer toilet repair services in Sydney and can come to your aid any time, any day. Always have your local plumber’s contact handy. You’ll never know when you’ll need it!