Preventing a blocked toilet – advice from an emergency South London Plumber

Preventing your toilet from getting blocked can save you an awful lot of grief and stress as well as money. Why call in an emergency South London plumber unless it’s strictly necessary? The crazy thing is that it is very simple to do too. It’s really just a case of being careful what you put down your toilet.

The only things you should flush down your toilet

The only thing you can flush down your toilet with impunity is human waste. Now some people will immediately disagree with this and say, “What about toilet paper?” While it is true that toilet paper is designed to be flushed down a toilet, this in only true when it is used relatively sparingly. If you try and flush away copious amounts of toilet paper, this could create a blockage and you might need the services of an emergency South London plumber.

In some circumstances even human waste, if there is enough of it, doesn’t flush away immediately. When this happens, you can try a double flush. If after double flushing you notice the water Ievel in the toilet is rising; don’t keep on flushing as this will only cause a potential overflow. You can then try and clear the blockage with a plunger, or if that is not an option it is time to call an emergency South London plumber.

Things not to flush down your loo

The problem with some things that people flush down their loos, is that they are do not decompose quickly. Many people flush away things like floss, hair, plastic, and used tampons. While most things will actually flush, they may only go out of sight around the U-bend and lie there to form a blockage when they are joined by other non-decomposing matter.

Another common thing that lots of people do is to flush used cooking oil down their toilets. Initially, this doesn’t present a problem, but over time it will build up and could form a blockage. In fact, one of the biggest problems that the water authorities face is the build-up of fatty deposits in the sewers resulting from oils and fats that have been put down toilets.

Other causes of toilet blockages

Only flushing human waste and reasonable amounts of toilet paper should keep your toilet(s) free from blockages. However, unfortunately, your toilet can still get blocked from other causes. These include things such as tree roots, blocked sewers, or collapsed water pipes. No amount of plunging or even using a toilet auger will clear this type of blockage.

The emergency South London Plumber to call

If you are unlucky enough to experience this yourself, its time to call in an emergency South London plumber, and CW Services Plumbing and Heating is one of the best. To call us in an emergency, ring 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. We operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service.