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Got a clogged toilet? Wondering why your toilet drain is clogged? There are a few common reasons that the water in the bowl may not drain when you flush the toilet. Let’s take a look at these

problems – and a few solutions – now.

Why Is My Toilet Blocked? Common Reasons For Blockages

If the water level of your toilet won’t go down when you flush the toilet, there may be a few common causes. The reasons your toilet won’t drain include:

  • Too much toilet paper – Too much T.P and waste may end up blocking your toilet after a flush. Consider a “courtesy flush” after wiping a few times to avoid this if your toilet clogs easily.
  • Flushing anything other than waste and T.P. – Flushing paper towels, wet wipes, or anything other than waste or toilet paper will eventually clog your toilet and can destroy your pipes.
  • Clogged drain line – The drain line further down your toilet may be clogged by hair, grease, and waste, leading to a blocked toilet.
  • Too little water in the tank – If the water supply of your tank is not full or has drainage issues, it may not have enough force to make your toilet drain properly.
How To Clear A Clogged Toilet – Solutions For Your Blockage

Wondering how to unclog a toilet? There are a few methods you can try.

  • Use a plunger – Using a plunger, create a good seal around the bottom of the bowl, and pump the plunger multiple times to break up the blockage and allow your toilet to drain.
  • Vinegar & baking soda – Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the toilet. The baking soda and vinegar will react and may help break up toilet paper, waste, and other clogging materials.
  • Hot water – Heat a generous amount of water until it’s hot but not boiling, and pour the water into the bowl to break up the clog.
  • Dish soap – Pour a small amount of dish soap into the toilet. It’s denser than the water, so it will sink to the bottom, and lubricate the toilet bowl.
  • Break up the clog – A wire coat hanger can be used to break up clogs in the bowl, while a plumbing snake or drain snake can break up clogs that are further down the drain line.
  • Wet/dry vacuum – You can use a wet/dry vacuum to clear a clog. Stick it into the clog and surround it with towels or rags to create a seal, and suck away the clog. Make sure to sanitize the vacuum afterward.

Get Help With Tough Clogs From Wilco Plumbing


Can’t get your toilet unclogged? Leave it to the pros. At Wilco Plumbing, we specialise in clearing toilet blockages in Sydney. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and get the plumbing services you need right away by experienced plumbers in Sydney.