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A Quick Guide to Dealing with Blocked Toilets

Posted by on April 27, 2020

If you have a blocked toilet, you shouldn’t hesitate to try and fix it by yourself or have a trustworthy plumber do that for you. Otherwise, letting your toilet remain in that condition for days simply because your home has one or two extra toilets you and your family can use instead can put your health and that of your loved ones and even visitors at risk. 

The Damage and Serious Health Hazards that a Blocked Toilet Presents

The toilet space can be a rich breeding ground for many types of disease-causing bacteria including but not limited to Escherichia coli and Salmonella if proper hygiene isn’t maintained. These bacteria can cause a wide variety of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, and so on, resulting in poor health. A blocked toilet will not flush out its contents, which are made up of dirty water, urine, and human feces, ruining the hygiene of the space, leading to the health consequences above. 

Things to Avoid Flushing Down the Toilet

You should avoid throwing the following household items, which are notorious for causing toilet blockages, into your toilet: bathroom wipes, sanitary pads and diapers, condoms, paper towels, cotton balls and swabs, as well as cigarette remains. Apart from those, other substances you shouldn’t let go into your toilet include prescription medication, hair, dental floss, containers, not to mention oils, greases and fats. If you don’t want to keep on calling in your blocked toilet Sydney plumber, you should make sure that these items only go into your dustbin instead of your toilet. 

Quick DIY Methods to Unblock a Toilet

You don’t need to call in a blocked toilet Sydney expert each time your toilet gets blocked. That’s because toilets can sometimes have a blockage as a result of minor issues that can be easily tackled by homeowners. That said, if your toilet gets blocked, try examining it first before reaching out to your plumber. If you think the issue that is causing the blockage isn’t too complicated to warrant the attention of a licensed blocked toilet Sydney expert, after the examination process, you can use one of the following DIY methods to fix the fixture:

1. Blockage Removal with Your Hand and a Pair of Waterproof-Bacteria-Resistant Gloves

This method is mostly effective if the object that is causing a blockage is hand-reachable. In that case, you will need a special pair of gloves that are waterproof and bacteria-resistant gloves. Never insert your bare hands into the toilet or else you’ll catch terrible infections that will take a toll on your health. Having said that, it’s worth noting that waterproof-bacteria-resistant gloves are readily available in online and traditional stores that deal with home improvement tools. After you obtain your gloves, just put them on properly on your hands and then dip your right or left hand carefully into the toilet to take out the blockage.

2. Use a Plunger

For home improvement beginners that don’t know what a plunger is, this is just a simple plumbing tool for removing objects that cause blockages out of toilet, sink, and/or bath drains. Consisting of a rubber cup fixed to a short stick, the tool is readily available in online and traditional stores dealing in home improvement tools and products. Once you buy your plunger, use the tool to pull the blockage out of your toilet drain, of course, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Mr Plumber Sydney Specializes in Blocked Toilets

A blocked toilet can pose a serious threat to your health and that of your family and/or visitors. While professional plumbers are there to fix blocked toilets, some blocked toilets do not necessarily need the attention of these professionals. Those can be fixed by their owners who have some basic handy skills and home improvement tools. Should the blockage be further down the drain pipes such that you can’t tackle it with any recommended DIY method, then you will immediately require the services of a trustworthy blocked toilet Sydney plumber. That’s where Mr Plumber Sydney professionals come in handy. 

You can contact Mr Plumber Sydney on 1300 545 993 day or night, 7 days a week for fast and friendly service.

 

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