A blocked toilet can be a major hassle in any household, but it’s easily fixed without a heap of mess or stress. Follow these simple steps on how to fix a clogged toilet bowl.
How to Fix a Clogged Toilet
When it comes to bathroom chores, a clogged toilet is pretty much the last thing you want to get stuck into. But don’t call a pricey plumber or take apart the tank – grab some rubber gloves and read on for simple solutions on how to unclog a toilet bowl.
When it comes to unclogging a toilet, safety always comes first. You’ll need a few things: some strong rubber gloves, some old clothes, a plunger, a bucket or large bowl, and some old newspapers or paper towels to mop up any leaks.
The first step to unblock the clogged toilet is to stop the rising water levels and prevent any more mess. You’ll need to act fast, so look for the flapper in the toilet bowl and close it, quick-smart.
- Find out what’s causing the toilet blockage.
If the toilet block is something solid, like a kids’ toy, you might be able to reach in and remove it with a gloved hand; otherwise you’ll need to go to work with a plunger. Make sure the plunger is big enough to cover the hole at the bottom of the toilet. With water covering the plunger (add more if needed) press the plunger firmly to create a seal, then start pumping the plunger until the blockage is gone.
- What if I don’t have a plunger?
Pour a few cups of very hot water over the toilet block and let it sit for a couple of minutes to break up the blockage and make it easier to flush. If hot water doesn’t work, try a foaming liquid detergent like dishwashing liquid or shampoo. Squirt the liquid into the bowl and let it sit for as long as possible before trying to flush again. This method is also helpful for stubborn toilet blockages before you use the plunger.