One of the most terrible conditions you could experience in a bathroom is having a blocked toilet. Fixing a blocked toilet seems to be simple but it is not; it involves a certain amount of courage to go on and attempt to remove the blockage yourself. It is one thing that most people do not want to handle because it is unsanitary.
There are certain signs to look for if you have a blocked toilet.
If it takes a long time for the water to go down, then it can only mean that something is blocking it.
If it won’t go down anymore and the water along with it just overflows out of the bowl, then this is a sign of a more serious problem as this indicates a bad blockage.
There are many factors that contribute to a blocked toilet, and here are the most common of them;
The most common material that blocks a toilet is toilet paper. Too much toilet paper being used and dumped for a single flush can cause a blocked toilet. Some toilet papers do not dissolve easily and the build-up happens over a period of time.
Young children also contribute to a blocked toilet. They throw in different items into the bowl and flush them. The usual items thrown in are toys and food.
Menstrual pads, tampons and sanitary napkins are also items that block a toilet. These feminine hygiene products are big and will not dissolve easily thereby blocking up the toilet drains in such a short time.
Any kind of hair flushed down can cause a blockage especially when this is being done routinely. Hair usually gets tangled with other objects inside the pipes thereby creating a large obstruction.
Diapers and baby wipes are items that should not be flushed down the toilet. Diapers can cause instant clogging while baby wipes can build-up pretty quickly inside the pipes.
Tree roots can break into older style clay pipes and even PVC pipes. Hydro drain jetting is the only way to remove these root invasions followed by a camera inspection to determine the extent of the damage to the drain and provide a solution to permanently solve the problem.
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Use the Toilet Plunger
The plunger you use must have a fold out rubber cup that is definitely designed for the opening of a toilet trap.
Thrust the plunger into the opening then pull it back without the cup leaving the opening. Use an even force when thrusting and pulling back the plunger to have a solid close on the opening. Repeat it several times until you see the water go down to a low level.
Finally, flush the bowl once. If the water is still slow in going down, repeat the plunging process again. If the problem still persists, do the next option which is the toilet auger.
Use the Toilet Auger
The toilet auger is shaped like the letter “J” with a cable and a handle.
Fully expose the tip of the cable by pulling the handle all the way out.
Introduce the tip of the auger into the opening of the toilet trap.
Gradually drive the handle forward through the opening and turn the auger at the same time.
When all you can see is just the handle pull out the whole length and repeat the process at least 3 times to ensure the blockage has been removed.
Finally, flush the toilet once. The water and everything in it should freely flow down by now.
When you have tried all these methods and you still have a blocked toilet, the blockage is most likely located further down the pipeline or drain. If this is the case, it is time to call the experts in. We will use a combination of Hydro Drain Jetting and Camera Inspections to resolve the problem and Repair where necessary. Hydro Drain Jetting can clear Roots, Fat, Grease, in fact anything causing the blockage can be removed using this method.