Needing to unblock a toilet can be a daunting task but with these easy steps we will show you how to get it done.

When you need to unblock a toilet it will often be an urgent matter as you wont want it to start overflowing and spreading nasty odours throughout the house. The first thing when you suspect a blocked toilet is not to try flushing the problem away over and over again. This may only make it worse and cause excess water to fill up the bowl. 

Follow these next steps to try and get your toilet flowing again.

Step 1: Protect Yourself – you’re going to want to stay protected from any nasty germs around the toilet so put on some long rubber gloves and any goggles or glasses if you have them. You’ll also want to protect the floors so put down some newspaper or old towels. 

Step 2: Do You Know What The Blockage Is? – If you know what is blocking your toilet, for example a toy, or toiletry bottle accidentally fell in the toilet bowl, then wearing the gloves, you can try reaching in to pull it out. If it is out of reach and you have no luck call Metro Rod Bristol who will be happy to come round and sort it out for you

Step 3: Use a Plunger – place it so it’s covering the hole completely and begin to gently push and pull to loosen what it blocking the toilet. Once it has become loose, pull it out and place it in a strong plastic bag, with no holes, and dispose of correctly. With the blockage removed your toilet should flush as normal. You can check this by putting a small amount of toilet paper in the toilet and flushing it.

Step 4: Baking soda and vinegar – Start by making sue the toilet bowl is only half full of water and then pour 1 cup of baking soda into the toilet, slowly followed by one cup of vinegar. Wait for about 10-20 minutes, and then pour boiling water down the toilet to help get the blockage moving. You should start to see the water level go down, but if you have a particularly stubborn blockage you may need to try again and wait longer before flushing.

If you have tried these methods and still no luck then don’t worry because Metro Rod Bristol are on call 24/7 and will be more than happy to help you.


Metro Rod Bristol offer services across Bath, Bristol & Trowbridge, from dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

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