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12th November 2020


A blocked toilet can be stressful and daunting and one of the last things you want to deal with, but with some easy tips from Metro Rod Cumbria, you don’t have to worry anymore. 

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When the toilet isn’t flushing properly, or you’re seeing rising toilet water you’re going to want to find a solution and quick. Which is why we have put together a quick guide outlining a few things you can do to get the toilet back up and working again. Unblocking a toilet will often be a an urgent matter to prevent overflowing water and reduce the bad smells that might be with it. 

If you’ve already tried to flush your toilet and it just won’t work or flush properly then STOP and don’t try again as you probably have a blocked toilet. If you continue trying to flush, you risk the toilet water spilling over as well as the potential for more damage within the toilet. 

When dealing with a toilet you need to be protected from any germs that will be in and around the toilet. We recommend wearing long rubber gloves, maybe some protective goggles or glasses as well as putting down newspaper to protect your floors. 

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 Cumbria who will be happy to come round and sort it out for you. 

The next thing you can try is if you have a toilet 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.

The final thing you can try is the Home Remedy of 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.


Metro Rod Cumbria offer services 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.

Make sure you get in touch with us through any of the following:

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