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How to Unblock a Toilet

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When a toilet’s waste pipe becomes blocked, flushing the toilet repeatedly will not usually solve the problem and may just result in the toilet bowl filling up with water. Follow the steps we have outlined to solve even severe toilet blockages.

Step 1

Prepare Area

Prepare Area

Prepare the area surrounding the toilet by placing newspaper around the bowl. This will soak up any water that may splash onto the floor during the removal of the blockage.

Step 2

Collect Excess Water from Bowl

Collect Excess Water from Bowl

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Using a bucket and a jug or similar device, collect as much of the excess water trapped in the toilet bowl as possible. This will make the following steps much easier.

Step 3

Use Plunger

Use Plunger

A plunger works by creating suction that pulls the blockage towards it, dislodging the item and hence encouraging it to go down the pipe. To do this, grab the plunger and press it down firmly to cover the downpipe opening on the inside of the toilet bowl. Pull the plunger up slowly before pushing it down again. Repeat this step many times until you notice the water level in the bowl falling.

Step 4

Use Toilet Auger

Use Toilet Auger

If the plunger doesn’t solve the issue, the next step is to try a toilet auger. This is a flexible piece of wire used to remove stubborn blockages. Feed the wire down the toilet until it meets the blockage, twist the handle and try to pull the blockage up. If you are successful with this step, flush the toilet several times after the removal of the item.