A plumbing snake can be used to exert pressure on the blockage and resume the water flow. It is a highly cost-effective option and can take just seconds, depending on the severity of your blockage. However, make sure your plumbing snake fits your toilet; if it doesn't fit, it won't create enough pressure to remove the blockage. You should be able to find an inexpensive plumbing snake at one of your local DIY stores or online.
If the blockage is close enough, you can use a toilet brush to remove it manually. However, if the blockage has occurred further down in your drains, this method is unlikely to work (unless you have a particularly long, bendable toilet brush!).
Is your blocked toilet problem nothing more than a build-up of loo roll?
Often, when a blocked toilet is caused by loo roll, vigorously brushing the loo water with a toilet brush can help to break up the tissue and remove the blockage. To prevent this problem from occurring in the future, just avoid using too much loo roll all at once and flush more frequently.
If the previous two methods have failed, you may wish to use a chemical product instead. Some chemicals are potent enough to dissolve pipe blockages, although this process can take some time. Chemicals may not dissolve a particularly large blockage, however, if there is an excess amount of tissue.
Use chemical products wisely
Check the instructions of the chemical product beforehand and do not use more than the recommended amount. Be careful when flushing the toilet after using the solution, as some of the liquid could splash on you.
If all else fails, get in touch with a plumber
Sometimes, the most practical and convenient solution to a blocked toilet is to contact a good plumber. Plumbers not only have superior products and plumbing equipment, they also have extensive experience, and will often be able to find the most appropriate solution to a problem in the first instance, saving you time and money.
Experienced plumbers have the knowledge and the workmanship to find solutions quickly
In the most severe cases, a plumber may have no option but to open a pipe and remove the blockage manually, a task that may take considerably more time and may require the help of other professionals, especially if the blockage is much further down the drain or on the exterior of someone else's flat. However, most plumbing jobs can usually be solved fairly quickly and for a relatively minimal cost.
Finally – don't be a victim of fraud – only choose a reputable plumber
If you do need a plumber to unblock your toilet, consider asking friends or family members if they know anyone reputable, or look online and check the reviews of some of your local plumbing firms. After all, good plumbers know that providing a reliable, high quality service enables them to retain customers and build their reputation in the future.
If we only choose plumbers that are recommended to us, there will be no market left for fraudsters. That's why responsible, professional plumbers that have served their local areas for many years will often have many positive reviews on consumer review websites.
Author: Fraser Ruthven is the Marketing Associate for London Drainage Facilities and over the years has picked up a few tips and tricks to making unclogging a blocked up toilet an easy task.