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There's never a good time for a clogged toilet. A blockage also runs the risk of violating the HSE's welfare at work recommendations as people should not have to wait for long periods of time to use a toilet. Fortunately, resolving the issue should be a quick and simple job.

Plunging a Toilet

This is likely the method that comes to mind first. Before starting, make sure you've turned off the water supply to the toilet.

If you suspect the toilet is blocked, do not repeatedly flush. Most toilet bowls should safely hold one cistern of water - If you flush again you run the risk of the toilet overflowing.

Making sure you are wearing gloves, ensure the plunger creates a tight seal within the toilet.

Once you've created the seal, start plunging slowly. Maximum pressure will be created if the plunger is fully submerged in water - if not it's possible an air bubble will be pushed through the pipes.

Plunge 5 - 6 times, removing the device on the final pull motion - if the toilet drains you've been successful in unclogging the block. If this hasn't solved the blockage, ensure the plunger is positioned to create a seal in the toilet and repeat.