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23rd March 2021


Unblocking a drain can be a chore but Metro Rod Deeside are here to make it easier with some top tips to get your drains moving again.

Home remedy Toilet Unblocking

If you have a blocked sink or drain you’ll want to sort it as quickly as possible to keep your day uninterrupted so here at Metro Rod Deeside we would like to guide you through some of the home remedies to unblock your sinks and drains. 

We would like to remind you that when dealing with blocked sinks and drains it’s important to stay protected from any germs that may be lingering. It’s good to wear long rubber gloves and any glasses or goggles as well as putting down some newspaper or old towels you don’t mind potentially ruining. 

  1. Use your hands

Before you start, just have a look in the toilet bowl to see if you can spot what is causing the obstruction. If you know what is blocking the toilet, for example a child’s toy fell in, you can then reach in, wearing the gloves and try to pull it out.

  1. A Wire Coat Hanger 

If you know there’s an obstruction in your drain and you can’t quite reach it, then take a wire coat hanger and straighten it out. Keep feeding it down until you feel what is causing the blockage, keep pushing to try and break it up so that it can be pushed through. If you can’t find the obstruction then it’s probably to far down and you may need to call out one of our engineers for help. 

  1. A plunger 

A rubber plunger is one of the best and quickest ways to unblock a toilet, before using it place the plunger under some hot water to soften the rubber. You can then place it over the toilet hole ensuring that it is completely covered. Then start pushing and pull on the plunger making sure to keep the seal and vacuum which should dislodge the blockage. Keep going, whilst picking up speed until you notice the water level decreasing. You’re then able to try flushing the toilet again to see if it worked. Some more stubborn blockages may take a couple of rounds of plunging to really work. 

  1. A Homemade Drain Cleaner  

If you don’t have a plunger and these other methods haven’t been working for you, you can try using this homemade drain cleaner remedy using a couple of basic household products - baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet, followed by 1 cup vinegar, pouring slowly to ensure the reaction doesn’t overflow, wait for about 10 minutes. Then pour boiling water down the toilet. The reaction from the baking soda and vinegar helps loosen what is clogging the toilet. You should see the water level begin to go down, but if you have a particularly stubborn blockage you may need to try again and wait for a longer time before flushing.


Metro Rod Deeside offers services across Deeside and the surrounding areas. 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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