Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Advice on How to Clear a Blocked Toilet


Having blocked toilet drains in your home can be big source of frustration because they look messy and smell awful. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to prevent these problems from occurring since you can't always tell when exactly they're bound to arise.

Here are a few handy ways to help clear a toilet clog.

Attack the problem armed with a plunger.

A plunger is probably the most obvious tool used to effectively solve many clogged toilet issues. Insert the plunger into the toilet bowl so that it covers the exit hole entirely. Don't focus only on pushing the plunger downwards, as the pullback force is equally key. Give a few firm back and forth thrusts using the plunger and then flush the toilet once.

If the water drains normally from the toilet, then it means you've effectively cleared it. If the toilet begins to overflow all over again, simply close the flapper to block water from reaching the bowl. Repeat the plunge and flush process until the clog is cleared.

Stiff plungers don't usually work as well as their soft and bendable counterparts. Putting your plunger in some hot water before using it can soften up the rubber, thus helping you get a good seal over the toilet bowl.

Use hot water and dish soap.

Add some dish soap into a pot of water and boil the solution on a stove. When the solution starts boiling, remove and pour it in the toilet bowl and let it settle for a few minutes before you commence plunging.

Allowing the hot water solution to sit in the bowl for a short time will make clearing the toilet with the plunger a lot easier. The heat coming from the solution can at times unclog the toilet drains without plunging. This method is particularly useful when you want see if you can avoid the hassle of using a plunger.

Purchase chemical clog removers

This tactic is suitable for home owners who want to avoid potential letdowns with homemade solutions and go for the good stuff straightaway. These chemical products react with the blocked deposits and dilute them so that they can flush down easily. However, you should bear health and environmental impacts in mind, since chemical removers might not only eat away your toilet but can also release toxic fumes that might lead to allergic reactions.

Once you've found a remover that won't erode your toilet, take adequate precautions, including wearing protective clothing, a respiratory mask, safety goggles and gloves, etc. to ensure that you remain safe.

For more information or assistance with a blocked drain, contact a local plumbing company. 


6 November 2015