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blocked toilet

blocked toilet

The first signs of a blocked toilet are usually indicated by the slow draining of the water from the toilet bowl after flushing. Often, it will take significantly longer than usual for the water level to drop, and the level may even drop lower than usual in the bowl, which is caused by the vacuum effect of a blocked drain.

A sure way of knowing that your toilet is blocked is if you flush your toilet and the bowl fills up with water, there is not a more certain sign of a blocked toilet than a full bowl after flushing. Excess toilet paper or something foreign being flushed down the toilet like a toilet is usually the cause. Whenever this happens it usually means the blockage is contained to the toilet trap and the remainder of the sewer drains are not affected and working fine.

A gurgling sound coming from other fixtures in your home and bathroom may also be another sign that the toilet may be blocked. A blocked drain changes the liquid-to-air ratios within the drain, causing sewer gases to escape through water seals and vents within the sewer system.

How to Unblock a Toilet

At times it may be possible for you to unblock your toilet with a plunger. If this is the case for you, then follow the instructions below.

  • Cover the outlet from the bowl with the plunger so that air or water cannot pass. If your plunger leaves gaps around the edges, you can use old rags to plug them.
  • Start with a gentle action to avoid pushing the blockage further down.
  • Push gently downwards then pull up. Gradually increase the force with which you push and pull until the water starts to recede.
  • Add more water to the bowl if necessary and repeat the procedure.
  • Remove the plunger before flushing the toilet to see if the flow has returned to normal.

If this does not work, then it is time for you to call in the HCL professional. HCL’s team of experts are equipped with the latest technology to address all blockages.

Unblocking toilet with jetting

The hose is pulled along the pipe by a rearward jet of water produced by the nozzle. When the hose reaches the blockage, the water jet pushes on it and removes waste accumulated on the pipe walls.