Toilet blocked - what to do?

Many people have already experienced a blocked toilet. But mostly at the worst time. Then good advice is usually expensive. But there are certainly tools that you can use to clear the toilet blockage. The basic rule here is that the fewer proven remedies you have at home, the more time-consuming it is to fix the blocked toilet. We have then listed a few options for you that explain what to do if the toilet is blocked.

Reasons for clogging the toilet

There are many reasons why a toilet can get clogged. Mostly, however, it is a combination of different events. We have compiled typical reasons for clogged toilets below:

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  • Limescale and urine scale deposits
  • Toilet paper
  • Tampons and self pads
  • Leftover food (including bones)
  • Drain cleaner
  • other things that should not be thrown in the toilet (edible fats that form plugs, for example)

In many cases, it is one of the events mentioned above. Most of the time, urine scale and limescale deposits are also responsible for clogging the toilet. Drain cleaner can be the completely wrong product, especially for leftovers and objects that are difficult to decompose or not decompose.

Drain cleaning powder is risky

In some cases, such a drain cleaner (powder) can even react and also become rock hard. Then the entire toilet has to be dismantled. Drain cleaners are therefore not always the best choice. If you do not know the cause of the constipation, the risk of an even more severe constipation is extremely high.

What to do about a clogged toilet

However, there are also many different ways and methods of reopening a blocked toilet:

  • Spiral pipe
  • Suction bell or rubber bell
  • PET bottles (at least two liters)
  • Acetic acid or vinegar essence
  • citric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid (€ 6.95 at Amazon *), 25 percent

The spiral pipe

The spiral pipe is simply pushed into the toilet drain. At the other end is a crank that can be used to turn the claw-shaped tip. In many more difficult cases, the spiral pipe helps. Blockages that lie deep inside cannot be resolved.

The suction bell

The suction bell, also known colloquially as a pimple or pimple, is part of the standard toilet equipment in many households. Either the suction bell is inserted once into the toilet drain to pull it out very quickly (so that the highest possible negative pressure is created). Or you guide the rubber bell as deep as possible into the toilet drain and then start pumping quickly up and down.

A PET bottle

Due to the relatively small volume in the rubber dome, the chances of success are limited here too. You can therefore build an aid yourself that works on the same principle, but is much more efficient - provided it is the right size. It is about a plastic or PET bottle. This should have a volume of 2 to 3 liters. In addition, the side walls should be soft, elastic and thin so that the bottle adapts well to the shape of the tube later.

Now just cut off the bottom. There are now two ways in which you can use the bottle.

The first option:

You screw the cap on and slowly insert the bottle down the drain. Then move the bottle with rapid up and down movements pumping.

The second option:

You remove the cap and also guide the bottle as deep as possible into the drain pipe. As soon as you have reached the lowest position, screw the closure shut. Then pull the bottle out with a very quick jerk. This also creates a relatively large overpressure.

Acids in a clogged toilet

Acids make sense if the clogging substances are appropriately soluble. We have compiled the exact mixing ratio for you under the following link, as these alternatives can also be used for descaling: Descaling the toilet cistern.

Tips & Tricks Especially if urine stones and / or limescale deposits in the toilet drain are responsible for clogging the toilet, you should descale it regularly. You could also switch to rainwater as rinsing water, as this is not calcareous. However, lime reacts chemically to urine and forms urine stone.

If you don't have any home remedies at hand, there is one last option. If the water still runs out, fill the toilet with water when it is empty again. This can and should reach under the toilet rim. Therefore, you can also use a large bucket as an additional aid. Pour in the water as quickly as possible each time, so that the pressure is as high as possible. This method helps in 95 percent of all toilet blockages. Disadvantage: it is very time-consuming.