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06 Nov 13 #412645 by elizadoolittle
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Some of you may have seen that I was congratulating myself on fixing the boiler.

So now, how to unblock a loo? I have tried the following:
Flushing x 1000
Using a plunger (shape is wrong - useless)
Making a plunger as per googled advice from a mop covered with a plastic bag. This does seem to create a vacuum but makes no difference
Pushing some bendy tubing as far in and round as I can and wiggling it around
Untwisted wire coat hanger ditto
Chucking in some soda crystals then flushing w hot water
Pouring kettles of very hot water down x 100
The loo does flush but the water level rises very high and sinks extremely slowly. Nothing seems to have made a difference. I am afraid that someone (the house is full of people) will do a poo and the whole thing will overflow
Do I really need to get a plumber and if so can anyone recommend someone in London?

Also although boiler still ok, one of the radiators is now dripping...

And the fence came down in the storm...

And the mortgage has not been paid...

Nor the school fees...

And apparently it is all my fault!

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06 Nov 13 #412651 by Lostboy67
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One tip for removing ''lodgers'' is to get a bucket of water and standing on a small stool tip it into the bowl, the extra hight should get things moving.


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06 Nov 13 #412652 by driven40
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radiator: if it is dripping where the little valve is get some of that very thin white tape from hardware store wrap around valve and put screw back in

fence: leave it its going to be windy over the next few months fix it when the weather is better just secure it so it looks ok

toilet, i think you can get some drain unblocker that works over a few hours try that before a plumber

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06 Nov 13 #412654 by Gillian48
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This is a great post since being on my own I''ve sorted most things out myself - and like you feel chuffed! Re: toilet strong bleach left a few hours sometimes works, the plunger things are stupid but homebase had a big one that worked for me although shape still wrong - not sure what sort of property you live in but before calling plumber check the manholes outside it might be outside somewhere the blockage. I''ve discovered that because sometimes it''s been my neighbours wastage which blocks the main drain outside causing my loo to not flow !!
Good Luck - if I''m stuck with anything I''ll post on here!! X

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08 Nov 13 #412878 by Marshy_
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There is a big pipe that runs from the back of the loo. This is called the "stack". Its like a 6" diameter pipe that runs down into the street. Usually everything runs into it. The sinks the lot. Try the sink. Does that flow away properly? The bath and the shower? If yes, then its not the stack or where it flows in the street. Its defo the loo.

And this is where it gets a bit messy and being honest, its the only way. Put a rubber glove on and get your hand down there. Fill the loo up with water before you start. Then when it goes, you will know as all the water will suddenly run out with the blockage.

I know plenty of people say bleach and unblockers. But nothing beats a Mk1 hand round the bend. Not nice. But otherwise you will be paying someone to do it for you. A dirty hand for £100 + VAT. Easy choice really and sorry I wont do it for you :)C.

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08 Nov 13 #412881 by ljdh
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You have my sympathy - dealing with "maintenance" is a nightmare. I am very grateful to my neighbour who has fixed our dividing fence (also came down in the storm) even though the fence that side is my responsibility - I am going to repay them the cost of the panels, it was the physical labour part which is beyond me.
And I am currently staring at a bedroom curtain rail which has come out of the wall in the middle, yanking the rawl plug out with it - I am now the proud owner of a tube of No More Nails which a quick google recommended as the quickest way to get the fitting back in its'' hole without having to fill/redrill. So that''s a task I''m going to tackle tomorrow.
I hope you manage to sort the blocked loo problem, and I hope you feel brave enough to try Marshy''s technique, and it isn''t too gross :S

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08 Nov 13 #412882 by elizadoolittle
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Thanks Marshy.
I have done that and not been able to reach anything, even with tubing/coat hanger etc. have also tried various products and pouring in hot water from a height. You name it. The other drains seem to work ok and even the loo is not completely blocked but I feel as though it cd get much worse if anyone uses it and shoves anything else down it. Since I now have paying guests as my only income I feel I have to fix it. (Not to mention that in the year since this nightmare began I have learnt that ''to sh*t yourself'' is not just a figure of speech.)

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