Watch the above video to learn how to unblock a toilet quickly
No matter who you are, at some point you’re going to be faced with a clogged toilet. Not something any of us looks forward to facing, but you need to be well prepared for when it does happen, because you don’t want to be heading down to the store to purchase a plunger with the block still in place. Not great for anyone else who needs to use the bathroom while the clog is still in place, and probably not great for the odor of the house either.
So, how do you know when a toilet’s clogged? Well that is pretty straight forward – the water level comes up higher than normal and if you continue to flush the toilet you’ll find that it overflows from the bowl onto the floor.
So, the basic piece of equipment that your going to need is an item called a plunger. There are different types of plungers on the marketing, but the plunger that we would recommend would be one that has a solid wooden handle. There are other styles on the market that are plastic, almost like an accordion, we don’t recommend those. There are dual purpose plungers that are designed to work with both a sink and a toilet. The difference being that the dual purpose plungers have a little pocket that can be pulled out from the bottom of the cup that fit nicely into the bottom of the toilet bowl that help to create a strong seal when the plunger is being used.
So How Do You Unblock A Toilet?
So, once have your plunger, (and your clogged toilet) the first thing you need to do is insert your plunger into the toilet, stand up. You want to be directly over the top, and you simply push down on the stick of the plunger. You’ll notice that the cup kind of collapses inside itself, but don’t worry, that is exactly what you want to see. You then need to pull back on the stick, and it is this pulling back motion that will help to clear the blockage. You’ll probably need to do this a few times, before removing the plunger from the bowls and seeing if the water level starts to go down. If not then simply repeat the above steps a few more times and then check to see if you’re successful. And that is how to unblock a toilet quickly!
If after carrying out these steps you’re still unsuccessful and the water level simply won’t drop, then you’re probably going to need to call a licensed plumber to carry out the repair for you.
Toilet, lavatory, loo, water closet, WC, John, crapper, can—it’s amazing we have so many names for something we care to talk about so little. Toilets are hardly the most glamorous of inventions, but imagine trying to live without them. About 40 percent of the world’s people (some 2.6 billion of us) are in that unhappy position, lacking even basic sanitation. At the opposite end of the scale, in Japan, people have amazing electronic toilets that do everything from opening and closing the lid automatically to playing music while you use them. Most of the world’s toilets are more modest than this, but they’re still pretty ingenious “machines.” Let’s take a closer look and learn how does a toilet work.
At first sight, toilets seem quite simple: you have a waste pipe going through the floor and a tank of water up above (called a cistern) waiting to flush into it when someone pushes a button or pulls a lever or a chain. Most flush toilets are purely mechanical: pull the chain and the cistern empties through the force of gravity, washing the bowl clean for use again. They are literally mechanical because they flush and refill using levers inside—and levers are examples of what scientists call simple machines.
There’s a little bit more to toilets than this. When you flush, the cistern has to refill automatically from a kind of faucet on the side and the refilling operation has to last just long enough to fill the tank without making it overflow. The “hole in the ground” is more sophisticated than it looks as well. You may have noticed that toilets always have a little water in the bottom of them; even when you flush them, they never empty completely. Some water is always trapped in a big curved pipe at the base of the toilet known as the S-bend (or S-trap). This little bit of water effectively seals off the sewage pipe beneath it, stopping germs and bad smells from coming up into your bathroom.
What happens when you flush?
Press the handle to flush the toilet and you operate a lever (dotted line) inside the cistern.
The lever opens a valve called the flapper (green) that allows the cistern to empty into the toilet bowl beneath.
Water flows from the cistern through holes in the rim so it washes the bowl as well as flushing the contents away.
There’s enough water flowing down from the cistern to flush the toilet around the S-bend (S-trap). Some water always remains at the bottom of the toilet, however, for hygiene reasons.
The contents of the toilet are flushed down the main drain.
As the cistern empties, the plastic float (red) falls downward, tilting the ballcock lever.
The ballcock opens the inlet valve (green) at the base of the cistern, which works a bit like a faucet (tap). Water flows in, refilling the cistern, and pushing the float back up again.
When the float reaches the correct level, the ballcock switches off the water supply and the toilet is ready to flush again.
If you’re having problems with your toilet system, and you’re in the Cape Coral or Lee County area, please call us, your local Cape Coral plumber, at (239) 330-6115 and we’d be happy to send a licensed plumbing technician to carry out the repair.