Next to cleaning a toilet, having to unclog one is by far a job I loathe having to do. There are many reasons a toilet might get clogged, and it’s pretty easy to lose your temper when you either can’t get water to appear in the bowl, or there’s so much water there is a danger it could spill out on to the bathroom floor.
You may think that removing a clog is something that can easily be done by using a plunger, and for most blockages this works very well. However, there may be times when you’ve got something more than just some paper that didn’t make it into your sewage system.
Reasons for Having your Toilet Clogged
Some reasons why a blockage might need a little more “heavy handedness” are:
- One of the kids has decided their collection of soft toys is no longer of any interest to them, and they need to be flushed away (or not as the case may be).
- You’ve tried to flush away some particularly heavy waste your toilet isn’t designed to take.
- Someone has dropped a toiletry of some sort into the bowl and tried to flush the evidence away!
These are just a few things that can cause a clog in your toilet, but there are a few “do’s and don’ts” you should think about when you’ve got this problem.
What You Should Do
Make sure you only use tools that are designed to help unclog a toilet. I’ve already mentioned the plunger, but for more difficult blockages you can get certain DIY tools that will allow you to safely reach a clog that might be hiding further down the waste pipe.
Keep your temper! I’ve had customers in the past who are on the hunt for a new toilet because they’ve broken their current model trying to remove a clog.
What You Shouldn’t Do
Don’t use average household items like coat hangers to try and reach the offending item down your toilet. This could cause scratches in your bowl, and it could result in stains and minerals being able to take hold on the surface. In fact, it could reduce the life of your toilet.
Don’t just keep flushing in the hope this will be enough to remove the clog. If you do, you could end up having to call the plumber, not just for a broken toilet but to help you deal with a flood in your bathroom!
Removing your toilet is the very last thing you should do. If you have tried everything else and it hasn’t worked call in a professional to help.
Back to What You Should Do
Most clogs can easily be dealt with as long as you follow some simple rules. To help you, I’ve added the following video which explains in detail how you can go about dealing with this troublesome bathroom issue.