How to Clear a Clogged Toilet

Recently my wc got blocked by an element and I was faced with the reality of how ignorance at times could deal with you when you least expected.
My niece wanted to make use of the toilet and she wasn’t satisfied with the state of the wc so she decided to use a brush to clean it up unfortunately the head of the brush fell inside and she didn’t tell anybody about it.
The wc pipe was blocked.
When you have a blocked wc, don’t try to flush it out by thinking more pressure will cause whatever block it to leave, it won’t and you may get more frustrated knowing that you are practically wasting your time.
1) You can use a very crude method, at least it worked for me, get a glove that can extend to your elbow because you will need the length under the water, insert your hands into it and remove it.
2) What if you can’t get a glove? Use a cellophane neatly wrap around your arms and insert into the toilet bowl, you can easily remove whatever is inside.
Usually, whatever is blocking the toilet drain is not very far away. If this doesn’t dislodge the clog, you can try to hook the blockage and pull it free. A wire can sometimes do the job.
3) You can also use a plumber tool call auger, it has a snakelike end that can easily coiled into the bottom of the toilet bowl.
Just insert the auger into the toilet trap and turn the handle until it feels tight. This means that the snake has twisted its way to the end of the blockage.

When you pull in the auger, you should be able to remove whatever is clogging the toilet. If you aren’t successful, try it several more times. In some cases, you may have to resort to pushing a regular plumbers’ snake through the blockage.
But if the blockage is from the pipes or is external then you may have to dismantle the pipes from the walls outside, but if the pipes are buried into the walls then go to the inspection chamber-a small concrete chamber where all the water from the toilet goes to outside before finally channeled to soak away.
From this end a mere shake of the pipe may even do the work, or dirts may have deposited in the inspection chambers, if that is the case you only need to remove the dirts and the toilet will be clear.

An architect with decades of experience

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