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Before I have a mental breakdown, how can I unclog my toilet?

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Fressia123 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:33:17

Toilet is completely unsuable, we're isolating, no volunteers to help today and I'm having my period, so need the toilet regularly sad

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EspressoExpresso Thu 11-Feb-21 10:34:28

What's it blocked with? (Dare I ask!)

MrsPnut Thu 11-Feb-21 10:36:06

Is the toilet blocked or is it the waste pipe?

Do you know where the inspection hatch is for your sewage drain? If that is full then the blockage is down the pipe but if it is clear then it is between the toilet and drain.

I have used a wire coat hanger untwisted before to try to clear a blockage in my MIL's toilet.

MrsMercedes Thu 11-Feb-21 10:36:45

Bucket of water dropped in from height

That shifts most things

YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake Thu 11-Feb-21 10:37:18

If it is toilet paper blocking it, I have had success with shampoo and hot water (not boiling)

IndecentCakes Thu 11-Feb-21 10:37:20

Going to need more detail here - what blocked it?

MrsMercedes Thu 11-Feb-21 10:37:44

There use bin liner taped up over your elbow and then go in with your arm

Don’t get stuck!

Alakazam8 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:38:24

If just blocked toilet and not pipes pour boiling water down and bleach if you have it. Leave for 15 mins and then you can use an old cloth mop wrapped in a carrier bag as a plunger. Push it in and out quite firmlyIt worked for me once in an emergency- didn’t use mop again though!!!!

ancientgran Thu 11-Feb-21 10:38:26

Get a mop, put a black plastic bag over the mop head end, tie it on and use it like a giant plunger. I unblocked a toilet in student flat for one of my kids as no one else would and I dread to think what they'd have been charged so I just decided to give it a go. Totally block and I cleared it in seconds.

Good luck.

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 11-Feb-21 10:38:45

Various options I've used depending on the severity of the blockage include a wire coat hanger, untwisted and used to hook out clumps of loo roll etc which are causing the blockage, using a gloved hand or hand/arm in a bin bag to try to remove blockage, or a pressure gun thing that you pump up , create a seal then pull the trigger to force it along the pipes. Or the less environmentally friendly option of chemicals?

Fressia123 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:39:06

I have no idea what blocked it. It was slow but unsuable up to this morning, so I thought it was ok/unsuable. My DD had a poo and now it's completely unsuable.

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ancientgran Thu 11-Feb-21 10:39:43

Alakazam the mop and plastic bag is very effective isn't it.

IndecentCakes Thu 11-Feb-21 10:40:42

Try the coat hanger, if that fails use the mop and bag. Never fails.

Fressia123 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:40:47

It's also almost overflowing at this point (not quite) but can't add any more liquid or it will.

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Theunamedcat Thu 11-Feb-21 10:40:54

Use the bac over the mop method it works

Then flush it through with several buckets to make sure its totally clear

DatingDickheads Thu 11-Feb-21 10:41:14

Cling film method! YouTube it.

EspressoExpresso Thu 11-Feb-21 10:41:40

Ok I'd unfold a wire coat hanger (or use a similar rigid but flexible pokey stick thing) and have a good mulch around down there. That should start to break up any toilet paper wadges that may be causing a problem.

Then stick a load of washing up liquid down and let that take effect. That should work on and start to shift any poopy blockages

Theunamedcat Thu 11-Feb-21 10:41:41

Scoop some water out first if its not draining at all

JustanotherTuesday Thu 11-Feb-21 10:43:06

Shampoo or washing up liquid and hot but not boiling water thrown from a height has always worked for me.You have to put the lid down and wait abound 10-15 minutes.

MrsMercedes Thu 11-Feb-21 10:44:07

Washing up liquid will bubble massively

Ted27 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:44:16

baking powder and white vinegar, leave for half an hour to let it fizz

idontlikealdi Thu 11-Feb-21 10:46:29

Ours was recently blocked - it was teh waste pipe not the toilet and due to the configuration of our pipes we had to call out a plumber.

DDs had been putting far too much toilet roll down and it just couldn't cope.

You can call a plumber if isolating.

Tyredofallthis1 Thu 11-Feb-21 10:47:50

In a similar situation, lots and lots and lots of good washing up liquid worked for me, but I had to let it sit for a while.

You can bail out some of the water into a bucket or similar.

Good luck!

BarbaraofSeville Thu 11-Feb-21 10:48:35

It's not so badly blocked that it's frozen in the soil pipe is it? That happened to us once because a break in the drain was causing it to back up and the waste sitting in the pipe froze during one of those really bad winters about 10 years ago.

But that was quite a major operation for it to be sorted out, involving the water company (their responsibility for repairing the break) and a drain repair company to unblock the soil pipe.

x2boys Thu 11-Feb-21 10:50:49

Either a plunger ,or a mop as others have said ,it works really well .

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