Blocked toilets: What to do and when to call a plumber?

A clogged toilet can be quite the inconvenience, usually occurring when you really don’t have the time to deal with it. Most clogs can be cleared yourself should you have a few basic pieces of equipment, while others require the services of a plumbing specialist, to ensure the job is done professionally. If you are not sure whether you need to call a plumber, follow these easy steps below to see if you can unclog the toilet yourself. If there is no success (or if you are not up to this messy job at all) call the leading plumbers in Vanderbijlpark to assist.

Vaaldriehoek Plumbing is a leading plumbing company in the Vaal Triangle, servicing Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging and Sasolburg. Vaaldriehoek Plumbing will have your toilet unclogged in no time – Our experienced team will bring all the required equipment for blocked toilets and drains, taking care so that your pipes are not damaged. Here are a few DIY tips to unclog your toilet:

How to unclog a toilet

Depending of the nature of the obstruction, it could be a simple task to unclog it yourself. Other blocked toilets or drains might require the assistance of a professional plumber to get the job done. Try the following steps to unclog your toilet to see if you can solve your toilet issues yourself:

  1. Stop water from overflowing the toilet bowl: First things first – stop the water from overflowing the bowl by closing the toilet flapper. This can be done by opening the toilet tank, and closing the flapper that releases the water into the toilet bowl. Now that the water flow into the bowl has been stopped, you can proceed with unclogging the pipes.
  1. The right plunger for the job: It is important that you use the right shape of plunger, to ensure the drain is unclogged effectively. There will need to be a good seal between the plunger and toilet bowl, which is often difficult considering the shape of the toilet. A funnel-cup plunger features a narrower extension that fits into the toilet bowl easier, making it the best plunger for the job.
  2. Start plunging: Before you start plunging, add some hot water to the toilet bowl. This will help dissolve the obstruction, and make for easier plumbing. You can even add a little dishwashing detergent to help the process. Soften the rubber of the plunger by immersing it in hot water for a few minutes, and then start plunging. If you think you’ve removed the blockage, give the toilet a flush and see if the water is running freely.
  3. Use an auger for tougher blockages: No success with the plunger? This means that the blockage is deeper or a bit more serious. Now is a good time to bring out the auger (or call a plumber if you don’t own one, and are not planning to purchase one). An auger is a wire-type piece of equipment that extends into the toilet pipe to loose obstructions.
  4. Call a professional plumber: No luck or not up to the task? No problem – call Vaaldriehoek Plumbing today for assistance to unblock your toilet. Vaaldriehoek Plumbing is a leading plumbing company in the Vaal Triangle, assisting clients in Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Sasolburg and surrounds with all their plumbing needs. Whether you are renovating your bathroom, installing new drains and pipes, or simply need assistance with a blocked toilet, call our professional team to assist. Our affordable prices and efficient services make us a top choice of plumbers in the Vaal.