Thursday, August 13th, 2020
We all know the old phrase, Sh*t happens… Well, it turns out that this is actually true, and to be more precise, blocked toilets happen. While you could always make life a little easier for yourself and call a local plumber, sometimes you might want to save yourself a few quid and try to fix the issue yourself, which we would always recommend as your first step anyway.
However, before you don your rubber gloves, you’ve got some learning to do! There are some things you should and shouldn’t do, and some things you definitely shouldn’t put down your toilet, read on as we discuss some of the most common blocked toilet home remedies.
Who would have thought it? Sometimes, all you need to clear the blockage is… more water! It’s important to note however, that the water should be hot but not boiling. Simply fill a pan with water and heat it on the stove, or use the tap. Then, pour the hot water into the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes.
If the method has worked, you’ll see the toilet start to drain, and at that point you can flush the toilet a couple of times. It may seem a little too straightforward, but often you’ll find the hot water is enough to break up whatever it is that’s causing the blockage.
Yes, you read that correctly! If the above method doesn’t work, you can add a little power with good old Fairy Liquid (or your preferred dish soap).
Pour about 60-70ml of Fairy into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes to give it time to move to the clog. Then, add in your hot water again and watch that toilet drain!
The Fairy liquid acts as a type of lubricant that will free up the clog and get things moving again.
Fizz It Up
This one is a little more fun than the previous two, who doesn’t love chemical reactions? A disclaimer; if your toilet bowl is filled to the brim, it’s advisable to empty out some water or be prepared for a bit of overflow.
To get started, pour about 130g of baking soda (not baking powder), followed by about 240g of white vinegar down the toilet. Be careful, once they combine there’ll be a fair bit of fizzing and bubbling. This is all normal though, and the chemical reaction occuring should loosen the clog.
Leave the mixture to sit for about half an hour and then pour down some hot water. If it doesn’t work, try the whole process once more.
If none of the above chemical applications have cleared the blockage, it’s time to break out the trusty hanger. Of course, you’ll need to use a wire hanger for this job, and it’s best to wrap a cloth around it so you don’t damage the porcelin.
All you need to do is unwind the hanger so it’s straight apart from the hook, throw on your rubber gloves and angle the hook down the toilet until you find the clog. You may need to move the hanger around to break up the debris, but the water should start to drain. Then, flush the toilet a couple of times to ensure it’s cleared.
Call the Experts
If all else fails, call a reputable Dublin plumber to help you out. DeWAR Plumbers service all areas of Dublin 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.