Most Common Reasons for Blocked Toilet
The most common reason for blocked toilet is toilet paper! Sometimes we use too much of it in a single flush and sometimes it just simply builds up in the pipes. Certain types of toilet paper do not dissolve very well. The more luxurious and thicker the tissue the longer it takes to break down. Whereas it is true that we use more of 1-ply paper in a single use than its thicker alternative, it still dissolves easier and causes less problems in the long run.
Food flushed in the toilet is another common reason for toilet clogs. Food is not meant to be disposed of in the toilet as it may create a serious blockage.
Also, sanitary pads and tampons are not meant to be flushed down the toilet. Similarly, cotton rounds or cotton balls, baby wipes or nappies. All of the above can cause instant obstructions.
Sometimes small objects fall into toilets from nearby shelves, or kids might throw in different items into the blow and flush them.
Occasionally, a toilet can get blocked by limescale build-up. That is why it is important to clean your toilet on a regular basis.
How to Tell Your Toilet is Blocked or is Getting Blocked
Slow draining water after you flush is a definite sign of a blockage somewhere. Sometimes water may even drop below the usual level. Also, this could be a sign of a problem.
Likewise, if it fills up when you flush, it means your toilet is blocked. Usually, it means that there is a problem in your toilet trap and the rest of the plumbing system is unaffected.
If you hear a gurgling sound coming from pipes, that means there is an obstruction somewhere.
Also, bad odours coming from your bathroom, kitchen sink, or toilet can be a sign of an issue with pipes.
How to Unblock a Toilet
First of all, you could try a plunger. But, if you don’t have one, there are other methods you can explore.
For example, you could try washing up liquid.
- You simply pour a cup of washing up liquid into your toilet bowl and leave it for an hour. Dish soap should start dissolving the matter.
- Then, pour in a bucket of hot water.
- Next, leave it for five minutes and then flush.
You may have to repeat these steps or leave your washing up liquid for a bit longer. Please note, this method will only help with soft matter build-up. A cup of baking soda and two cups of white vinegar will also help with soft matter. Leave for an hour or so and then flush with hot water.
Cling film method:
- Cover your toilet bowls with at least three layers of cling film. Make sure the whole area is covered and you’ve made a good seal.
- Then, flush the toilet. At this stage you should observe cling film ballooning upwards.
- Press on the cling film gently. This should ease the blockage down the toilet.
If you have reasons to believe the blockage is located further down the pipes, try using a plumber’s rod. This can be purchased from DIY stores or online.
Another method of dealing with blocked toilet is caustic soda. However, caustic soda is extremely corrosive and can burn skin. Utmost care must be taken when using caustic soda. Make sure you protect your hands and eyes before you use it. When you’re ready, pour caustic soda into the toilet bowl and leave it to sit there for a couple of minutes. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for full details. Follow with hot water. Usually, a bucket should do the trick. Next, flush your toilet and clean it. Make sure there is no caustic soda residue on the toilet bowl and toilet seat as this may cause skin irritation or burns.
If you have tried the above methods and your toilet is still blocked, that means the obstruction may be located in the soil stack. If that is the case do not attempt to fix it yourself. You’ll need to call in a professional to jet the pipes clean. Call us on 01992 830068 to discuss your needs. Our professional team of plumbers will deal with any blocked toilet.