It’s not uncommon for our team to find themselves fixing a blocked toilet in Archerfield and other surrounding Brisbane suburbs on the daily. It’s a problem that affects both domestic and commercial premises and can lead to some pretty costly issues if not dealt with quickly. More often than not, the blockages we find are caused by something being flushed that shouldn’t have. The most common causes are things like “flushable” wipes, sanitary pads and tampons or nappies. So what do you need to do if you’ve got a blocked toilet? And better yet, how do you stop a blockage from occurring in the first place?
A DIY fix for a blocked toilet
If you’ve got a plunger on hand, it can be an effective way to clear a small blockage and get your waste water flowing freely again. Plungers aren’t exactly a common fixture in Australian households and you do need to be prepared to deal with some nasty backflow. But quite often, a blockage caused by excessive toilet paper or small obstructions can be cleared quickly and easily at home. You can watch a quick, clear demonstration on how to use a plunger here.
Know when to call in the experts
If you find yourself dealing with a recurring blockage or can’t easily clear a blockage using a plunger, you might be looking at a more serious issue. It’s better to call in a professional sooner rather than later as a blockage can lead to flooding and an out of control situation that ends up being more costly to deal with than the initial blockage.
Avoiding blockages in future
Toilet paper can be a concern
You might be surprised to know that toilet paper can be a really common cause for a blocked toilet Archerfield and beyond. Be a little conservative when using toilet paper – the trees and your plumbing will thank you later! It can also be a good idea to keep the loo rolls out of reach of small kids who find it fun to stuff the toilet with paper (we’ve seen a few cases of this in our time)!
Know what you actually can (or should) flush
Just because something appears to flush, doesn’t mean it should be flushed. Stick to the golden rule: toilet paper only. Blocked toilets are overwhelmingly caused by people flushing the wrong things – completely unaware that they shouldn’t be flushing them in the first place!
- “Flushable” wipes – they just don’t break down. No matter how flushable they say they are on the pack, wipes belong in the bin, not in the loo. Stick to regular old paper (or invest in a bidet seat if you really want that oh-so fresh and clean feeling…)
- Sanitary pads and tampons – firstly, a number of these products are packed full of plastic which never breaks down. Those that are 100% cotton aren’t designed to dissolve in water like regular toilet paper and so they will get caught in pipes, collect other waste and block water flow.
- Nappies – flushing a nappy would require a bit of effort we’d imagine… But no where near as much effort as trying to remove them from your pipes. Used nappies belong in the bin.
Get the job done right
If your blocked toilet can’t be fixed using a plunger or other DIY solutions, give the team at Blockaroo a call. We can be on site within an hour for emergency call outs and are available 24/7, every day of the year. Expect good quality, no fuss service, a full guarantee on any work completed and a team that cleans up after themselves.