The blocked toilet is a common domestic plumbing problem. It’s quite easy to prevent mishaps if you keep your drains properly clean. But sometimes, blockages prevent the outflow of water from the bowl, and that’s when a quick guide to unclogging a toilet comes in handy—before disaster strikes and you need to call on the services of emergency Dublin plumbers.
All too often, householders summon Dublin plumbers at the 11th hour due to unfortunate incidents that occur because of blocked toilet drains. It’s a panic situation, with toilet water rising up and overflowing from the bowl onto the bathroom floor… and the case of in first-floor bathrooms it’s worse, as the water can seep through to the rooms below.
In these situations, it’s vital that you cut off the supply of water to the toilet cistern. That’s why you ought to know how to switch off the stop valve at the toilet. These are usually located at the water supply tubes behind the toilet, and should be turned clockwise to shut.
Failing that, you will have to shut off the mains water supply, either at the interior valve (normally located in the kitchen, under the sink), or at the external stop cock, which will shut off the flow of water from the mains supply to your entire property.
Right. The water is off, and the immediate panic is over. This will give you the breathing space to contact Dublin plumbers in order to have your toilet drains professionally checked and cleaned in such a way that the problem will not recur. Hopefully, the overflow will not have caused permanent damage to your bathroom and other parts of your home.
Water damage from the toilet can cost thousands of euro to repair, and it’s a situation that you really want to avoid. Such emergencies can be avoided if you keep your drains clean, and there is a simple method for unclogging a toilet in cases where straightforward blockages arise.
Unclogging A Toilet in 5 Steps
Here’s a couple of Dublin plumbers tips to help you keep your toilet pipes clean of the gunk that, over time, builds up into clogs and creates blockages that prevent the flow of water through the pipes.
Add a few squirts of standard washing-up detergent to your toilet bowl. The liquid detergent will help to lubricate the inside of the pipes, to ease the passage of any blockages through the pipes in your hope and into the sewerage system.
2. Add Boiling Water
Fill a large pot with water and bring to the boil. Pour the boiling water into the toilet, carefully, slowly and continuously, from a height of three feet. It needs to be from this height so the water will fall with sufficient force to begin breaking up and dissolving the solution. Do not hold the pot any higher, or it will cause the unhygienic toilet water to splash out of the bowl. As you pour, if the blockage clears, you should notice the water level inside the toilet dropping, and then returning to the normal level.
3. Rinse & Repeat
If this does not work with the first pot, repeat the process several times. Sometimes larger blockages will require several rounds of the process. However, if you notice no change in the water level, you have a more serious problem on your hands.
If you have a rubber toilet plunger, rinse the rubber cup for about 60 seconds until the rubber softens. Then, firmly mould the lip of the plunger cup around and enclosing the exit hole. Press down and pull up repeatedly, ensuring the plunger cup remains firmly around the exit hole at all times. After a few seconds, you should see little bits and pieces of paper and gunk appear in the toilet bowl.
Flush the toilet to remove any residue. This should remove any residual blockages and clear the pipes, and the water level will return to normal inside the bowl.
What if this does not work?
If the toilet water level does not return to normal, it is time to make contact with your local Dublin plumbing services. Initially, the plumber will attempt to determine whether the problem is at the simple end of the scale (a particularly stubborn blockage that requires removal with an augur) or a more serious main-line obstruction. These are processes that are best left to professional Dublin plumbers. Never attempt them yourself.
What not to do
Never use abrasive chemical cleaners, which can cause corrosive damage to the inside of the pipes and lead to long-term problems with your plumbing. Overall the best advice is that if you are in any doubt, contact a professional plumber whose is professionally qualified to assess the situation, diagnose the problem and deliver a lasting solution.