There are probably few things that frustrate people than a blocked toilet. Watching the water seemingly take forever to go down. This is something which is usually preventable but also easily dealt with by the homeowner. Ideally if you have a dual flush toilet (short and long flush) then the solution is to use 2 short flushes with less waste material such as toilet tissue per flush. The water used will roughly equate to one long flush anyway but you are discarding less waste material per flush.
Many homes have different waste systems so it is always wise to assume yours maybe narrow and use a little commonsense, half a toilet roll not easily get flushed away ! Sometimes children will drop things into the toilet but this is not the most common cause of a blockage, the most common cause is too much waste material. So flush more often, help prevent a blocked toilet.
If your toilet does get blocked then a good, large sized plumbers plunger will do the trick 95% of the time. The aim is to get the plunger to seal the water at a given point so the pressure of pumping dislodges the blockage. The use of gloves would be recommended as would older clothes. Wait until the water level is has drained to near normal level, this may take some time. Add a little washing up liquid and allow to settle for 5 minutes before using the plunger, this helps dislodge the blockage when you start using the plunger. The idea is to place the plunger in the toilet below the water as far as it will go, then start “pumping” with the plunger, then pull the plunger quickly out of the water, this causes a vacuum type effect which further helps remove the blockage.
In most cases this will unblock your toilet and persistence will see the blockage fixed in 95% of cases. It should only be necessary to call a plumber in around 5% of blockages if you use a large, quality plunger, noo home should be without one. If you would like further information on the plumbing services we offer, please check our plumbing services page.