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Blocked Toilet? 5 Things To Try Before Calling the Plumber

Young woman covering nose to avoid bad smell while cleaning a smelly toilet bowl

  1. Baking soda and Vinegar

  • One cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl
  • One cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl
  • 300 MLS of Hot water into the toilet bowl
    Leave it in the toilet bowl for 10 minutes and flush afterwards.
  1. Plunger

Make sure you’re using the right type of plunger for unclogging toilets. Make sure you are using the right type of plunger for the job.

  1. Use drain cleaning chemicals.

Drain cleaning chemicals can be purchased from any grocery store or hardware store. Follow directions stated on the product.

  1. DIY Drain Snake

Using a metal clothes hanger. Unwind the clothes hanger and make it as straight as possible. Push it down the toilet bowl to try and clear the blockage. If that doesn’t work try purchasing a sink drain unblocker.

  1. Suck out the clog

Using a wet and dry vacuum you can try and suck out the blockage. It may leave a large mess so be prepared for some cleaning.

If these don’t work call your plumber.

Parts of a Drainage System and Causes of Clogged Toilet

Man Cleaning Clogged Toilet

Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with a clogged toilet. Cleaning a clogged toilet can be time-consuming and unpleasant. Before you decide, you should know the following about your clogged toilet and other common plumbing problems.

Toilet Parts

To repair a clogged toilet, you need to have a basic knowledge of the drainage system’s structure. 


A P-trap in your drainage system connects your toilet to the drainpipe to keep the foul odor away and retain the standing water to make the drainage system watertight. 

Soil Stack 

After passing through the P-trap, the wastewater falls through the stack into the house drain and sewer. This large-diameter vertical drain pipe is the primary carrier of all wastewater generated in your home.

Soil Stack Vent 

It prevents back pressure in the drainage system, especially in the soil stack and the house drain. The soil stack is usually extended to the roof and left open to the outside air so that its top can be used as a vent.

House Drain

All wastewater and sewage directed through the soil stack end up in the house drain. This is the lowest point in your home’s plumbing system and connects directly to the sewer.


The side of the house drain opposite the flow direction normally extends upward with its end protruding from the basement floor. This end is temporarily closed by a cap or plug, which can be opened if access to the drain pipe is needed. This extended section is called the cleanout pipe.

The House Sewer

The drainage system carries all kinds of plumbing waste to the house sewer. This sewer connects directly to the main sewer, which runs under the road and takes the wastewater to the treatment plants.

What causes a clogged toilet?

Many reasons can lead to a clogged toilet. The most common are

Foreign object trapped in the trap 

The trap under your toilet is not a straight pipe, so the flush may not produce enough pressure to push complex objects down the drain. Sometimes wipes and tissues are enough to stop the flow of water.

Older Toilet 

No renovation for decades can also result in unflushed material accumulating in the trap and clogging the toilet.

Blocked drain stack 

Without a vent, the drain can experience backpressure, which is a major cause of sewage backup. Ensure the vent is free of any obstructions blocking the air passage.

Use basic techniques to clear clogs. If the clog persists, it’s a clear sign that you need the help of a professional plumber

Call Pinnacle Plumbing for All Types Of Blocked Drain Work and Emergency Drain Works

• Blocked Drain Pipe
• Blocked Shower Drain
• Blocked Sink Drain
• Outside Drain Blocked
• Blocked Sewer Drain
• Blocked Bath Drain
• Blocked Toilet Drain
Clearing Blocked Drains
• Hydro Jetting
• CCTV Drain work

Blocked Drains

The average homeowner probably knows that sewer lines help transport wastewater from the home to underground sewer mains. Beyond that, most homeowners give little thought to their sewer lines until they have some type of clog.

A sewer line clog could lead to a raw sewage backup coming out of the drains, which could lead to significant damage to the home and an expensive sewer line repair or replacement.

Homeowners who understand and respond to their home’s early warning system can stave off severe sewer and plumbing issues. Here are some things you should pay attention to.

Clogged drain or toilet

The most common red flags are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet plumbing, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains.

Your house is basically going to talk to you. If you notice that when you’re done with the washing machine, the toilets start making a gurgling sound you need to call Pinnacle Plumbing to check for blockages or you’ll get water coming back up.

Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines.

Your house is basically set up like a tree, you have one main trunk line that runs out of the house and then you have all these small branches off of that. If the clog is in the mainline, that means any water you run in the house will cause problems. If it’s a secondary line, it’s just going to be isolated to that secondary problem.

If it’s just the bathroom sink, (for example), it will not go down or it will come back up into the bathtub, but you can flush the toilet and it works perfectly fine, but if it’s the mainline, anything you run will cause the toilet to percolate and come up into the bathtub.

Tree roots

Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in an older home. In newer homes, common sources of clogging include feminine hygiene products, paper towels and even certain types of thicker toilet paper.

A lot of people have broken-down drains in the ground that have tree roots in them. That would be the No.1 reason why people have drain problems. They have older pipes that trees in their yard have actually crushed.

Slow flowing drains, and gurgling noises from your toilet bowls are the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. If you don’t take some action to remove the roots, a complete sewer line block will occur.

Release the pressure

If you get a clog in your home and suspect that a blocked sewer drain is the cause, it’s important to shut off the water at the source or at the main if it’s a main line clog. Then Call Pinnacle Plumbing Emergency Plumbers.

Prevention is better than cure!! (so the saying goes)

blocked sewer
Coming home to a blocked sewer is not a pleasant experience.

As you can see from the photo raw sewerage coming back up through the bath, shower and toilet and flooding the house, is very unpleasant and also expensive.
Ruined carpets and fixtures, furniture and belongings.

Getting a plumber to clean the sewer pipes on a 6 monthly basis is the best way to prevent serious problems from occurring. We can also do a CCTV camera inspection to let you know where the problem areas are.

Any sign of gurgling and slow drain toilets, baths, showers and sinks can be a sign that sewer pipes are blocked from tree roots and debris.

Bust Pipe Repair

It’s much better to be safe than sorry and avoid this nasty surprise happening to you.

Blocked Drain

Top Tips for Clearing Blocked Drains in Melbourne

One of the most common and infuriating problems one encounters in the home is a blocked drain. If not dealt with right away, it can cause water leaks and damage your home and property.

Blocked drain signs

  • Foul smell
  • Overflowing pipes
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Slow drainage

Common causes of blocked drains

  • Tree roots
  • Toiletries
  • Cooking oil
  • Foreign objects
  • Scraps of food
  • Build-up of minerals
  • Soap
  • Cat litter 

DIY Tips for clearing blocked drains (though a plumber is the best option)

  • Boiling water: For blocked drainspour a pot of boiling water in the drain. In most cases, this will dissolve and loosen the blockage without you having to call in a plumber near meThis method works with ceramic and metal pipes, not PVC.
  • A natural cleaner: When faced with blocked drains in Melbourneyou can try a DIY cleaner of drains with white vinegar and baking soda. First, pour the baking soda into the drain and follow it up with vinegar. The mixture may bubble out of the pipe, so cover it. Oxygen is produced in this reaction which cleans out the insides of the pipe.
  • Caustic cleaner: Visit your local hardware store for a caustic drain cleaner to dissolve common blockages like food, grease, and hair. These cleaners are bad for the environment, so use them very sparingly. With a blocked toiletcaustic cleaners achieve good results, but make sure to use gloves and a mask when using it. Later, flush the toilet a couple of times to get rid of any lingering chemicals.
  • Plunger: Plungers are very good for clearing blocked drains. The up-down motion of the plunger will loosen blockages, getting your pipe back to normal. However, you have to remember that plungers are not effective for mineral deposits or grease deposits.
  • Hydro-Jet: This is one of the most effective ways to clear a blocked drain. The powerful water stream from hydro-jet forces the blockage to move out of the pipe, but not solid blockages. It is in your best interests to hire a plumber for this method of drain blockage clearing.

All the above methods are effective in their ways in which they clear blocks in drains. For the best results, look for a plumber near me to help you out with blocked drains.

Who We Are

Pinnacle Plumbing Group is an established fully licensed and insured Plumbing Company servicing inner city Melbourne, stretching to outer suburbs.

License No: 50092

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