Anyone who has seen this sight knows the feeling of horror that comes along with it:
The good ol’ blocked toilet. The problem no single person wants to have to deal with. Why do toilets get blocked in the first place?
The most common reasons toilets get blocked are:
- Too much toilet paper, waste or unflushable items – By far the most common reason, people put too much paper or waste down at once and it just gets stuck. Also unflushable items such as food packets can cause blockage issues quickly.
- Hard water deposits – Over time, excessive build ups accumulate and can cause blockages
- The drain line is the cause – If this is the case, an acidic solution may fix the problem. Some people even use Coca Cola, but any chemical containing lye should fix the problem. If not, the issue could be more serious.
- Hair – Often overlooked, hair can cause toilet blockages too. Usually this can be solved with a chemical solution, but if it is happening frequently, this could mean a bigger issue that needs a professional to solve.
So what do you do if you find yourself with a blocked toilet? If you tried chemical solutions and that hasn’t worked, you can try using a plunger. The plunger is an extremely effective tool for blocked toilets when the blockage is close to the fixture. The best method to use it is to flush the toilet and begin plunging as the water has started flowing down the drain. Sometimes it takes a couple of goes to unblock the toilet. However, if the water level is high and close to the top of the toilet, do not flush it as it will overflow.
If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call a professional. Dealing with blocked toilets can be hazardous work which can also create bigger problems so if the easy solutions do not fix the problem, you are best off to call someone who knows what they are doing.
We at Drainage NZ deal with blocked toilets on a very regular basis and offer a very affordable toilet unblocking solutions. Our team has machines specifically for the job which ensure no damage is done to your drains and it can be clearly safely and cleanly. No need to make a sewer out of your bathroom, and you can go back to having a free flowing toilet.
Got a blocked toilet on your hands? Contact us today and let us deal with the problem quickly!