How to fix a blocked toilet
A blocked toilet is a very common problem. If you cannot get a plumber out quickly, you’ll need a plunger (preferable an accordion plunger which is designed for toilets) and a little elbow grease to fix your blockage. Just follow these steps:
- Using rubber gloves, submerge the head of the plunger in the water. If the toilet is too full, you’ll need to get rid of some of it with a bucket.
- Seal the plungers around the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
- Give a small gentle push to see that it is suctioned properly.
- If sealed, plunge up and down vigorously about ten to twelve times. Repeat this until the water starts to go down.
- If you’re confident that the blockage is dislodged, try flushing the toilet. If not, you should have access to the flapper within the tank to close it in case the pipe is still blocked.
Unfortunately, wear and tear will mean common toilet repairs are necessary. With the right research and tools, you may be able to make these restorations yourself – if you do not have immediate access to a plumber. However, always consult a professional if it doesn’t go to plan.
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