Plumbing Tip

Q: What should I do if my toilet is clogged?

A: Firstly, it’s important to know what you absolutely should not do when you’ve got a blocked toilet, which is to flush it to try and clear the obstruction. Doing this could cause the toilet to overflow and flood the bathroom, causing damage which could push your repair bill even higher.

Instead, your first action should be to use a plunger to try to draw out the blockage and encourage it to progress through the pipes. You should push the plunger firmly down into the toilet then pull slowly upwards, creating vacuum in the head. You’ll often need to repeat this around ten times – you’ll know the blockage has been removed as you’ll hear water going down the pipes.

However, the blockage is proving stubborn; you may need to look into another course of action. Lovett can help; we have qualified drain technicians available 24/7 to respond to your toilet emergency. Call us anytime for service at 503-SERVICE (737-8423)