So the toilet won’t flush, and even worse- you’re at your friend’s house. It’s happened to all of us, but it’s never pleasant! What do you do? Cover it with toilet paper, pretend as though it never happened, change your name and leave the country? Don’t panic. In this week’s article we’ll be giving you tips on what to do if you’re in a bit of a pickle.

Don’t keep flushing

If the toilet won’t flush, it’s most likely clogged. Continuing to flush won’t get you anywhere, as this can lead to further damage. After the first try, give it a rest- flushing again and again may lead to flooding the floor with toilet water, and who would want that?

Seek out a plunger

Most bathrooms should stock a plunger. As your best tool for dealing with a blocked toilet, a plunger can usually be found under the sink or around the toilet. To use a plunger, first make sure that the toilet bowl is half-full with water. If it’s over this, scoop out some of the water, or fill it with water from the sink until it reaches the desired height. After this, place the plunger in the bowl and cover the drain opening. Then, push down with the plunger using quick, forceful thrusts. Repeat for 15-20 seconds, as this will move pressure downwards through the pipe, to hopefully unblock the obstruction.

Come clean

Honesty is usually the best policy, so if the plunger doesn’t work it’s best to let the host know directly. They may be able to unclog the toilet themselves, or their toilet may require professional help. In this case, it’s best to call a plumber. JPG Plumbing are an experienced, local plumber who won’t shame you for your blocked toilet! With a variety of services available get in touch by calling 0400 978 442 to solve your issues today.