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Blocked Toilets

Melbourne's blocked toilet specialists

No Melbourne homeowner wants to discover they have a blocked toilet. We understand how challenging it can be to find a reliable plumber when faced with this issue and needing a quick fix. That’s why our trusted team of highly experienced, licensed, and fully insured plumbers will clear your blocked toilet with minimal disruption, providing peace of mind. With over 30 years of experience in fixing blocked toilets, you can rely on Blockages Today!

There are numerous reasons why your toilet might become blocked. From tree roots infiltrating the main sewerage line to items being flushed down that shouldn’t have been, the causes can vary. That’s why it’s crucial to address a blocked toilet quickly, as it could be an indication of a larger problem that might be causing damage to your home—without you even realising.

There are various ways we unblock toilets. Depending on the location and cause of the blockage, we can use anything from a plunger to CCTV cameras and high-pressure water jetters.

how to tell if your melbourne home has a blocked toilet

If your toilet makes a gurgling sound when you flush it, then this is one of the first signs you have a blocked toilet. The gurgling occurs because the blockage restricts ventilation during flushing, causing air to be sucked back through the toilet water, resulting in the sound. It’s a clear sign of an almost fully blocked pipe.

If the water level is either above or below its usual level in the toilet bowl, then this is also an indication that your toilet is blocked. Alternatively, if the water in the toilet bowl is going down at a very slow rate after you have flushed it, it means your toilet is also very likely to be blocked.

Note that if you do have a blocked toilet, the worst thing you can do is flush the toilet. This is because you may cause sewage to spill over the toilet bowl onto your bathroom floor.

How we will fix your blocked Toilet

The steps involved in unblocking a toilet depend on various factors. This includes where the blockage is located. Here is an outline of our process:

STEP ONE – The first step is to work out where the blockage is. For toilets on higher levels, such as the second storey of a home or unit, it is usually easier to fix the blockage – eg with using a plunger. For ground level toilets, the blockage may be caused by tree roots or collapsed pipes and may need more work done to fix the blockage.

STEP TWO – The second step is to identify the blockage’s location and check the overflow relief gully (ORG) or any other sewer inspection point. If there is discharge or overflow, it indicates a blockage between the main line and inspection point. If there is no discharge, we will try to unblock the blockage using various tools, including an Electric Drain cleaning machine (which is the most common and effective way blockages are cleared).

If the toilet remains blocked, the blockage is likely in the outside main line. This means the blockage needs to be cleared from an accessible inspection point. If there isn’t an outside inspection point then the toilet may need to be dismantled.

STEP THREE- if the toilet is still blocked, we need to keep looking for the location of the blockage using CCTV cameras. If the blockage is caused by tree roots we will use high pressure water jetters. If pipes have collapsed, the sewer line may need to be repaired or even replaced. We will also advise on the best ways to avoid future blocked toilets.

how to avoid a blocked toilet in your melbourne home

Here are a few tips on how to a avoid blocked toilet- and remember the quicker you get a blocked toilet fixed the better. So if you suspect you have a blocked toilet give Blockages Today a call.

  • Don’t flush stuff down your toilet – eg nappies, paper towels, cat litter, face wipes or sanitary products or even thicker types of toilet paper
  • Keep your toilet limescale free
  • keep the lid closed – especially if you have young children to avoid foreign objects going down
  • Avoid placing a brick in the tank to save water unless you have a very old toilet