5 DIY methods for unblocking a blocked loo

We have all encountered a clogged loo. So many things can cause this unfortunate event, but luckily there are many options to solving this problem. Here are 5 DIY methods for unclogging a clogged loo.

Dishwashing liquid & hot water:
1. Add a few squirts of dishwashing liquid into the bowl.
2. From waist-level up, pour a full kettle of hot water (no hotter than a cup of tea) into the bowl.
3. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before attempting to flush.

Wire coat hanger method:
1. Unravel coat hanger and pad the end with a rag.
2. With your hands covered with rubber gloves, stick the covered end into the drain and twist/push in a circular motion until drain is cleared.

Baking soda & vinegar:
1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl.
2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the bowl.
3. Wait 5 minutes and at waist-level pour a kettle of hot water into the bowl.

(Make sure it is a wet/dry hoover)
1. Use the hoover to empty out all water and debris.
2. Stick the hose a few cm into the drain and use a rag to create a seal around the drain.
3. Turn the hoover on and try to suck out the clog.

Plunger method:
(Make sure you are using the correct plunger made specifically for unclogging toilets)
1. Lay out old towels or newspaper around the loo to catch any water splashed out.
2. Create a seal between the drain and the plunger.
3. Using an up and down motion, attempt to loosen the clog.

If you find your loo being clogged more often than it flushes, calling in a professional can be your best option. If you are in Southwest London, call 020 7350 2511 to schedule one of our friendly plumbers to come out and fix the problem for good.

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