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Clogged toilets? Here's how to fix it fast
Clogged toilets are a common problem in the home and can cause flooding, bad odours and property damage. To solve this problem, it is important to understand the causes of clogged pipes and the solutions for unclogging them. In this article, we will look at solutions for unclogging toilets.
Causes of toilet blockages:
- Using too much toilet paper at the same time (several flushes at the same time)
- Non-biodegradable wipes or sanitary towels flushed down the toilet
- Scale, lime and lye deposits that harden in the pipes and reduce their diameter
- Design problem: too small a slope between your internal installations and the external manhole or sewer.
- Multiple 90° elbows that slow down the progression of the material.
- Land subsidence causing breaks in the pipeline
- Roots in the pipe.
Solutions for minor blockages:
Minor blockages are usually caused by inappropriate use (wipes, sanitary napkins....). They can often be solved with a few simple solutions.
- Use of a suction cup : A plunger can be used to unclog toilets or sinks. Simply place the plunger over the drain hole and pump vigorously to create suction that will dislodge the blockage.
- Use of a ferret or a pump unblocker: Faucets and manual unblockers are tools designed to unblock drains by removing blockages with a flexible rod.
- Use of unblockers: There are chemical drain openers that can be used to dissolve blockages in pipes. It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and take safety precautions when using these products.
Solutions for larger closures
Larger blockages require the intervention of a plumbing professional as it is necessary to intervene from the outside of the house.
Mechanical unclogging : Mechanical unclogging is a common method used by plumbers to remove blockages. It involves using a flexible rod to dislodge blockages in the pipes.
High pressure unblocking: High pressure unblocking uses high pressure water to remove blockages in the pipes. This method is often used for larger blockages (roots, scale).
Unclogging by camera : Camera unclogging involves using a camera to inspect the pipes and detect the precise location of the blockage. This method allows plumbers to locate the blockage and remove it effectively.
Prevention of blockages in pipes
It is important to take preventive measures to avoid blockages in pipes. Here are some tips to prevent blockages:
- Use only a reasonable amount of toilet paper.
- Never flush non-biodegradable wipes, tampons, condoms or cleaning products down the toilet
- Do not pour cooking fat or oil down the sink
- Use a filter to prevent hair from falling into the shower or sink
- Have the pipes cleaned regularly to remove limescale and scale deposits
- Install a water softener to prevent limescale build-up
- Do not plant trees near your pipes
In summary, blocked drains can be avoided by taking preventive measures and using the right techniques to unblock toilets and sinks. If you are experiencing problems with blocked toilets, it is important to call in a professional to avoid making the situation worse. Don't forget to take care of your pipes by cleaning them regularly and not flushing inappropriate waste down the toilet or sink.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why does water from the toilet come up in my shower?
If you are experiencing this problem, it is likely that the blockage is in the main drain of your home. The water cannot go down the drain, so it will come up through the lowest outlet, which is often the shower.
How can we solve this problem?
We offer a fast and efficient solution to unblock your drain by hydrocuring, starting from the manhole outside your house. Once the blockage has been cleared, the normal flow will be restored and your shower will be operational again.
Clogged toilets: what are the most common causes?
The most common causes of toilet blockages are the use of wipes or the loss of a disinfectant carrier.
Sometimes the problem is more serious:
- Pipes full of limescale with slabs coming off and blocking the flow in the bends
- Soap plug (amalgam of grease, lime and solidified soaps)
- root intrusion in the pipe
- broken, collapsed or burst pipe
- counter-slope which slows down the flow of materials and causes clogs.
Unclogging toilets: why is Destop not effective?
If you have a blocked toilet, you may have heard of Destop. However, we can say that this product is not effective in unclogging a toilet. Here is why.
Firstly, if the blockage is close by, a plunger will be much more effective in unblocking the situation. Indeed, it will make the clog move and free it.
Furthermore, if your blockage is several metres away from your toilet, the amount of water dilutes the product so much that it is impossible to have any action on the blockage. In fact, a 10-metre toilet pipe contains approximately 78 litres of water. Destop will not be able to do anything in this case.
Finally, Destop can do nothing against limescale, roots or solidified soap clogs. Hydrocleaning is the only technique that allows a durable unblocking of your toilet.
In conclusion, Destop can be effective for some types of clogs, but it is not suitable for all situations. If you are experiencing plumbing problems, it is recommended that you call a professional for an intervention adapted to your situation.
Should I call a plumber or a professional unblocker to solve a blocked toilet?
Do you have a blocked toilet and are not sure whether to call a plumber or a drain cleaning company? Although plumbers are specialists in their field, they don't always have the necessary equipment to solve the most difficult cases of clogging. This is where the drain cleaning experts come in.
At The Unclogging Experts, we specialise in unclogging drains and we have the necessary tools such as the hydro-gun and the endoscopic camera to solve the most complex clogging problems. We also work with many plumbers who use our services to solve problems such as blocked sewers, pipes full of roots or sinks clogged with grease and solidified soap.
By calling directly on the experts of the unblocking, you will save time and will be able to benefit from rates among the lowest of the market. Don't wait any longer to solve your clogging problems, contact Les Experts du Débouchage now for a quick and efficient intervention.
Are there really no surprises when it comes to toilet unclogging rates?
Yes, absolutely! Les Experts du Débouchage offer a single all-inclusive price list with no surprises, regardless of where you live in the Hérault or the time of day we work. The transparency of our rates is your guarantee!
Is the unblocking of my toilet guaranteed?
Yes, absolutely! We guarantee to unclog your toilet for 1 month after our intervention. If you encounter a new clog, we will make a second visit the same day you report it at no extra charge to you. You can be assured of the quality of our work and our commitment to your satisfaction!
Do I have to pay if you can't unclog my toilet?
If your pipe has no structural problems and we cannot unblock it, we do not charge for the work.
However, if we cannot unclog your toilet due to a structural problem such as a pipe collapse or a buried manhole preventing the passage of our ferretsWe only charge for the journey, which is 120€ inc.
We will locate the problem with our camera so that you can call in a plumber or mason to repair the pipe or update the manhole.
A second pass will be scheduled to complete the unblocking and cleaning of your pipes, and we We will deduct the travel costs for the first visit.
Clogged toilet: Mechanical or high pressure unblocking?
The mechanical uncorking is preferred for small caps in the vicinity that only affect one item in the house. For example, a clog of wipes within 1.60 metres of the toilet.
However, if you have multiple items affected or if the water from the toilet comes out of the shower, This may indicate a blockage in the central sewer of the house, requiring the high pressure package.
We will be able to determine which package is best for your situation by asking you a few questions when we make the appointment by phone.
who should pay for unblocking the toilet: owner or tenant?
The maintenance and unclogging of toilets is the responsibility of the tenant. (see text on the service-public.fr website)
If the blockage is in the common areas of the building, the condominium association is responsible for unblocking it.
If the blockage is caused by a structural problem (broken pipe or poor design of the network) the repair and unblocking is the responsibility of the owner.
We will be able to determine the origin and location of the blockage with our endoscopic cameras to determine who should pay for the unblocking.
Is the unblocking of the toilet covered by my home insurance?
Some contracts reimburse interventions carried out by professional unblockers.
To find out if you are eligible for reimbursement from your insurance, check the options under 'water damage' or contact your insurer.