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Finding The Best Toilet Unblocker in Portsmouth?

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Recently we had a children’s birthday party at home. A bouncy castle arrived, games were organized and fifteen under-seven-year-olds attacked the table of food like a bunch of locusts on a sugar rush high. After all the children had gone home, we closed the door on the mess in the kitchen promising to attack it first thing in the morning, and fell into a deep, exhausted sleep.

The next morning, I went to the kitchen, let the dog out into the garden, and set about loading the dishwasher while the coffee brewed. A few minutes later the dog re-entered the house and dropped something at my feet. It was wet and smelled. Picking it up to put in the bin, I realized it was toilet paper … from outside!

Putting on some shoes, I went outside to see where the dog had got it from and saw to my dismay that wastewater was overflowing from the drain just outside the downstairs loo. It wasn’t how I’d planned to spend my Sunday, but there was no other choice than to find a way to clear the drain blockage. It can be difficult to find a Portsmouth drain unblocker. But here are some tips.

Tips for Unblocking a Toilet

1. Remove the blockage by hand

It’s not the most pleasant thing to do, but if you can see the offending debris the easiest and most cost-effective method to remove a drain blockage is by hand. Given the nature of the waste in the toilet drain, it’s important to wear protective clothing. Not only to keep yourself clean but also to protect your health. Goggles, a face mask, and long elbow-length protective gloves are basic requirements along with a strong plastic bag to seal the debris ready for disposal.

Using a bent metal coat hanger or some other form of a homemade hook, or even some old kitchen tongs no longer needed in the kitchen, will help you reach deeper along the pipe and minimize your handling of the waste. Once you have removed all the obvious debris, from inside the toilet and the drain outside, check along the line of the outside drain to see if there is another access point. Lift the cover and check for any additional debris there before flushing the toilet and watching the water flow freely.

You may want to flush the system a second time to clear any small debris completely away. Seal the waste in the bags and dispose of it properly. You should check with your local council in Portsmouth for human waste disposal points or local regulations regarding disposal in the household refuse bins.

2. Use a Drain Snake

Perhaps a better option as a toilet unblocker is to use a drain snake. This can be found at most DIY centers. After removal by hand of the debris inside the toilet bowl, move to the outside drain and lift the cover. The drain snake is then placed inside the drain and is rotated, either by hand or by attaching it to an electric drill.

Once the drain snake has moved along the length of the drainpipe section, it can be pulled back out, bringing the debris with it. You may need to do this a couple of times or move along the drainpipe to the next access point to repeat the process. Once you have removed all the debris, flush the toilet a couple of times to make sure the drain is clear.

3. Use Drain Rods

This technique is similar to using a drain snake except the rods are less flexible despite being able to get around 90 deg. angles. They work in a similar way to cleaning a chimney and the rods are joined together until you reach the length you need.

Most blockages can be pushed along the drainpipe until it reaches an access point where you can remove them by hand. It is important to keep rotating the drain rods in a clockwise direction to prevent them from coming apart inside the drain and adding to the drain blockage problem.

4. Commercial Drain Unblocking Chemicals

You may prefer to buy a commercial drain unblocker and there are quite a few available from larger supermarkets or D.I.Y. centers to choose from. Here are a few recommendations:

Rid-X is a heavy-duty toilet unblocker that will aid in dissolving toilet paper clogs and other debris. It contains good bacteria that will eat away the blockage and starts to work as soon as it comes into contact with water. The bacteria takes about 2-4 hours to begin working and you will need to wait 2-4 days for the drain to be completely clear.

Thrift T-600 Alkaline drain cleaner is activated in just a few seconds when you add it to boiling water. It does not have any odor and is available in crystal form, so is easy to use.

Pure lye drain opener has an odorless non-acidic formula. The strength of this formula is industry level and is suitable for ‌plastic and chrome pipes.

Drano Max Drain gel is another efficient drain unblocker on the market. Its concentration is thick and helps to dissolve dirt of all kinds. If the blockage is not too stubborn, then you can use a diluted form of this unblocking gel.

Green Gobbler is suitable to remove blockages of all types. It has a strong formula and is caustic, so care should be taken when using it.

Toilet Unblocker Service in Portsmouth Guaranteed To Work

Toilet unblocking, especially when using chemicals too, can be dirty, time-consuming, and potentially harmful work. And, as with any type of DIY, you may not have the correct tools and, if you are unused to the work, you may make the situation worse. So, you may find it better, more cost-effective, and with greater peace of mind, if you call in the professionals for help, and take no risks.

Pro Blocked Drains is part of a national network of highly trained professionals with operators based locally in Portsmouth. They can offer you:

  • A local friendly company

  • 24-hour a day service 365 days of the year.

  • Highly skilled operators

  • State-of-the-art equipment

  • Fast response

  • Fully qualified Safe-Contractor-Approved workers

  • No call-out fee

  • Excellent customer service

  • Satisfaction guaranteed.

  • Budget-friendly prices

  • Free quotations

  • Peace of mind

So, why try to unblock the toilet yourself? Next time, call Pro Blocked Drains in Portsmouth. They will give you a fast, efficient, and friendly service guaranteed to resolve your problem at a cost-effective and budget-friendly price. So call 0800 611 82 99 and relax whilst Pro Blocked Drains resolve your toilet blockage problem. Learn more about the Importance of the Soakaway Drainage in Bournemouth.

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