What to do in case of a clogged toilet?

clogged toilet

You went home and found your toilet clogged? Or you can’t flush your toilet? You are therefore faced with a problem of clogged toilets or flushing. Don’t panic, we will give you in this article some tips to get you out of this uncomfortable situation!

Some tips for your flush

Flushing refers to all the components allowing the evacuation of waste water from your WC. They are then evacuated to your network or microstation via 100 mm diameter PVC pipes. Flush toilets generally consist of a bell attached to an overflow piston. A float controls the level of the tank. A lever activates a chain that lifts the bell and lets the water accumulated in the tank used to evacuate waste water pass through. At each flush, about five liters of water are used.

The mechanism of a flush may seem complex, in reality it is not. One of the main problems with flushing, especially for older flushes, is the bell seal. The latter, in permanent contact with water tends to deteriorate. Little by little, it no longer plays its sealing role and must be replaced. To do this, first cut off the water supply to your WC and then flush the toilet to empty the tank. This will make it easier to access. Remove the bell and simply replace the gasket with a new one, equivalent to the first one.

Another common problem is the float. If the tank height is set incorrectly, your tank may fill too much or not enough. Simply twist the rod that connects the float to the inlet slightly to position it at the desired height. Another, rarer case is that of the chain breaking. It is possible to buy them in a DIY store or hardware store for a few euros. In most cases, it is not necessary to change your entire toilet flush. Do not hesitate to get help from a plumber to repair your toilet if the problem persists.

Some advice for your WC

A clogged toilet is a build-up of solids that cannot be drained from your toilet flush. One of the first tips is obviously not to throw hygienic or contraceptive devices in your toilet. Secondly, it may also be a design flaw in your installation. It is then necessary to check if the diameter of the evacuations is sufficient for the use of your WC and if the evacuation pipes are not in counter slope. A reverse slope means that the difference in elevation between the entrance and the exit of your evacuation is negative, i.e. the exit is higher than the entrance. The laws of physics are then merciless with your facility, which often leads to clogged toilets.

A quick solution in other cases is to use chemicals such as soda to dissolve solids and facilitate their disposal. However, always use environmentally friendly products that do not damage your pipes.

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