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How To Fix A Blocked Sink & Toilet >>

Imagine you are laid back in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book, taking in the fresh surroundings of your bathroom. Sounds idyllic, but nasty sink and toilet blockages can quickly put a stop to this scenario.

Now imagine you’re enjoying Sunday dinner with your family. Perfect right? But the kitchen is filled with pots and pans and cutlery because the sink is blocked!

But fear not. Here at Churchford Property Care, we have compiled a simple guide to ensure your toilets and sinks remain unblocked and odourless, allowing you to sit back and take in your clean, fresh surroundings.

Useful equipment

Be prepared to give your sink and toilet a thorough clean by having the following utensils to hand:

  • Cloth
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Disinfectant
  • Drain cleaner (drain auger)
  • Chemical cleaner
  • Plunger
  • Bucket

Causes of sink and toilet blockage

Blockages can be a pain to deal with if left to manifest, so it’s always best to eradicate them quickly and efficiently. Prevention is, of course, the best safeguard against sink and toilet blockages. Below is a list of things to watch out for:

Hair is a primary cause of blockages – remove hairs from sinks and plugholes regularly
Fat and oil can solidify inside pipes when disposed of in the sink – recycling fat through another medium reduces sink blockages
External drainage systems and gullies may become blocked by leaves and debris
Blockages may occur through inadequate ‘fall’ (slope downwards) in pipes
Waste disposal units are prone to blockage if the recommended usage guidelines are not followed
To avoid dishwasher blockages, clean the filters regularly
Do not wash DIY tools in the sink as any excess materials can cause blockages – instead, wash tools in the garden

Products to use


Sometimes, you can get the job done simply by using water. For example, a bucket of water poured rapidly down a toilet or plughole can ease the blockage just through sheer force.

Commercial products

Where water won’t cut it, it’s best to get in the heavy duty products. However, strong cleaners can be corrosive. We recommend following the product’s guidelines closely. In addition, some cleaners may need to be left for a few hours (or overnight) in order to unclog excessive blockages.

A Step by step guide

Unblocking your toilet

1.Wear rubber gloves and pour chemical cleaner into the waste traps and toilet bowl. Alternatively, follow product guidelines to ensure safety.

unblocking your toilet

2.A drain auger can also be used to dislodge clogs in the plumbing – remove a length of auger from the drum (approximately 1 m).

unblock toilets with drain auger

3.Tighten the remaining nut to ensure the device is securely fastened, you should then be able to manoeuvre the auger coil flexibly to ensure it slides up and down the toilet U-bend, and can dislodge and break up any blockage.

unblock your toilet

4.Once the blockage has been removed, clean all equipment thoroughly. Allow coil to dry properly before winding.

unblocking a toilet

Unblocking your sink

1.For blocked sinks, you will need a plunger and a cloth to block the overflow. Move the plunger up and down, whilst simultaneously holding the cloth in position. This should create a vacuum, which in turn should unblock the sink.

unplug a sink

2.If the plunger does not work, unscrew the sump section of the basin trap underneath the sink – warning: there may be overflow so be sure to catch excess water with a bucket.

3.Remove any visible waste/debris that appears to cause the blockage, ensuring rubber washers are correctly placed.

4.If this step fails, you may need to venture further into the main part of the trap and access the waste pipe.

5.A drain auger may be used to bend round the pipe system and dislodge any clogs – as with the toilet unblocking. Reassemble pipe fixtures and clean equipment accordingly.

If you’re in need of professional and cost-effective plumbing or electrical work in Exeter, give us a call!