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How to Unblock a Toilet Drain in Your Home

Being able to unblock a toilet drain in your Perth home can save you time and money. Blocks can happen for several reasons, but most are not serious and can be removed by following a few easy steps.

The Causes of a Blocked Drain

Blocked toilet drains are usually the result of one or more of the following:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toys or other items thrown in by children
  • Food
  • Menstrual pads, tampons and sanitary napkins
  • Cotton balls
  • Hair
  • Diapers and baby wipes

How to Unblock a Toilet Drain

There are several methods to unblock your toilet drain but first apply some damage limitation. Don’t repeatedly flush your toilet to remove a blockage; it may overflow and then you have a mess to clear up as well as a clogged drain.

Follow these steps and you should have success with your blocked drain:

  1. If the cause of the blockage is visible, put on a pair of rubber gloves and remove it.
  2. If you cannot see the cause of the blockage then it’s time to get a little more scientific – but keep the rubber gloves on. First try a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a half-bucket of hot water; pour it into the toilet bowl, from waist height, leave it a few minutes, and see if that works.
  3. The next step is to use a toilet plunger. Choose a heavy-duty plunger with a flange on its base and place it completely over the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl until it is submerged in water; press down firmly but slowly. Repeat if it is still clogged.
  4. Next try using an unravelled wire coat-hanger. This may be effective when the blockage is in the first 2 or 3 inches of the drain.
  5. A plumbing ‘snake’ or ‘auger’ can help remove stubborn blockages. This is a flexible coiled of wire that can ‘snake’ through twists and turns in drains and is therefore effective in locating and removing deeper blockages.
  6. Another method is using enzyme-based chemicals to break down solid matter that is causing the blockage; this will only work on organic matter (not objects or hair) and takes time to be effective.
  7. Using baking soda and vinegar is a similar approach. A packet of baking soda followed by a healthy dose of vinegar and hot water can break down solid matter over time and get the water flowing through the toilet drain.

Blocked Drain Experts in Perth

For blocked toilet drains that you can’t fix yourself, or if the problem recurs often, it’s best to call the blocked drain professionals. The problem may be too far down the pipe to fix with standard approaches.

Tunnel Vision has been unblocking drains for Perth homes for years; we use the latest plumbing technology to fix problems quickly and easily – call 1800 631 799.

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