Toilet Blockages – Causes, Prevention And How To Unblock

So you flush your toilet and the water doesn’t flow down the drain at its normal speed. It really is at this point that you should take action, as there is an obstruction not allowing the same amount of water flow through the pipes as it usually does, but unfortunately people usually leave these slow moving blockages until it is too late.

Blockages in home toilets can be cause by all sorts of objects, those such as:

– Excessive toilet paper

– Children’s toys

– Children’s nappies

– Children’s baby wipes

– Women’s sanitary towels

– Miscellaneous items (which may have fallen into the toilet by accident)

The variety of articles that can block your toilet means varying timescales from when a slow flushing toilet turns into a blocked toilet. If the toilet is attended to immediately, the blockage could be cleared easily, as it could only be the early stages of a blockage, so by use of the correct tools it can be cleared. If you let too much time pass from first noticing the issue, the blockage may be a lot more stubborn to remove, and you might incur costs by having to call out a local plumber or drainage company.

It would be a good start to always keep the toilet area clear and safe of children, also making sure that nothing is stored on top of the toilet cistern, this guarantees that nothing can be knocked in to the toilet pot accidentally. Also, do your research on what you can and what you can’t put down the toilet, if you are unsure try a water test. A water test should be done side by side with toilet paper. As you will see, if toilet paper is left in water for 30 minutes, it will have disintegrated, hence why it is safe to use in toilets, whereas something like a child’s nappy for example, will hardly be changed by 30 minutes in water, apart from its size, increasing drastically – the same way that a woman’s sanitary item would – showing you why they can quite easily cause stubborn blockages.

Always make sure you are equipped with the correct tools should you experience a blocked toilet, for example, a plunger. Toilet plungers can be found in most local superstores or merchants usually at a very low cost. I appreciate that they may not be the most attractive tools in the world, but they could save you a lot of money. A toilet auger could also be kept handy in the home, for more serious and stubborn blockages. Plungers are quite simple to use, as all you need to do is cover the entry to the toilet with the head of the plunger, and thrust backward and forward in an energetic motion – remembering that you are trying to create force to move any obstacle in the drain – it really is that simply. Hopefully you will never have to use the plunger, aiding yourself by not putting items down the toilet than aren’t designed to, but also by carrying out minor maintenance on your drains once a month.

There are some well-known, traditional drain maintenance methods which use household items such as baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour 3 tablespoons of baking soda, followed by 250ml of vinegar down your toilet. Together they cause a chemical reaction which can help in shifting any unwanted obstructions in your pipes. Leave the mixture in the toilet for 30 minutes then flush the toilet, which should do the trick.

Knowing that people live their life’s at 100 miles per hour, more people end up with a completely blocked drain than not as they don’t have the time or the understanding to take action, so in the event that the toilet does become completely blocked, you are best calling one of the experts who will be able to assist you accordingly.

Source by Matt J Wilkinson