After living in a home for a while things will break down or clog up and need repairing and of course plumbing is no exception it will need your undivided attention from time to time.As you know this can be expensive having to call a professional out to fix the blocked toilet, Yuk.Then again, how many times has someone lost that special ring off their finger and realize they hadn't seen it since washing the dishes.
It happens in all homes, so don't think you are the only one caught in these predicaments. Even the poor cat has a problem if it blocks up.
Unblocking the Toilet
I know I cannot think of anything worse happening, but of course it does and yes someone has to do it. Here are a few things you can try which should unblock it without having to call in a professional plumber.
Things you may need
Using Plunger - These usually have a rubber cup with a wooden handle. Put on your rubber gloves then using the plunger, push it down into the toilet bowl.Then bring it up slowly. Do this several times.By pushing the plunger down it forces the water and whatever else is in there to hopefully move further down the pipe.
Do this until the bowl empties of water. If successful flush the toilet and wash your gloves and hands with disinfectant.
Using mop – Place a plastic bag over the head of the mop and tie it onto the handle.Force the mop head into the toilet bowl with the same up and down action.If the water disappears then flush with more water and clean up as above.
Using Coat Hanger- Wearing gloves bend hanger and force it up around the bend of the bowl. Wriggle it about to try and dislodge the blockage. If it clears do the same as before.
As a last resort if the above suggestions did not work, try using the hose.
Using the hose - If the bowl is full of water scoop some of it out using an old tin or similar. Put the end of the hose down the bowl twisting it to the bend of the pipe as far as it will go and puta rag around it so as no water can escape, then get someone to turn on the tap.This should force the blockage clear.Clean up as usual.
If this still does not work then yes I am sorry, you need to call a professional.
Unblocking the kitchen sink
Kitchen sinks are a common thing to block up.We do not realize but we strain our veggies allowing some to go into the drain, or when we wash up greasy dishes the fat and oil accumulates in the pipes.Over time it builds up and causes the blockage.
If the kitchen sink becomes blocked you can try similar efforts as with the blocked toilet.
Tools you may need
Coat hanger container
Plunger - Most of these have a rubber cup with a wooden handle attached. Place the rubber cup over the drain plug and pump down several times. This should force the blockage to clear. If this does not work you will have to try another of my ideas.
Look underneath your sink.You will see a pipe which is called a pee trap, at the base of this is a plate that you can unscrew.
Before doing this take everything out of the cupboard then find a container to catch the excess water that will pour out once you undo it.Use the wrench to undo the plate.This may not have a very pleasant odor, so be prepared.
If the blockage is further up the pipe use the coat hanger and push it up both pipes to clear the blockage.Note if you ever lose that ring or anything important down the sink by undoing the plate you may be lucky enough to find it in there.
With the blockage now removed, it would be a good idea to put a couple of tablespoons of drain-ex down all your drains, and then repeat this at least once a month before retiring at night.This will give it more time to work without anyone diluting it.
Remember that shower recesses are another problem as a buildup of hair will add to the problem as hair is one of the hardest things to remove.As far as I know after talking to the powers to be there is no known product that dissolves hair.
I hope that by trying these ideas you will not need to waste money calling one of those professionals.