Do you have some adventurous kids running around the home, who always seem to be getting into trouble? This is quite normal after all, and most of the time you just need to keep a careful eye on their activities, while you let them explore their world. However, sometimes a problem will arise, and you may suspect that your youngsters are involved, even though they protest their innocence. In this case, your toilet seems to be blocked with the water almost at the top of the bowl, but how could this have happened and, more importantly, what can you do now?
What's Down There?
Many plumbers report that blocked toilet bowls are caused by tiny racing cars or other toys that – mysteriously – find their way through the S-bend. Whether or not this is the case here, you have to clear whatever obstruction is there as soon as possible.
If you have a plunger sitting alongside the toilet, carefully introduce this to the bowl and create as tight a seal as possible at the narrowest part. Hopefully, the plunger will have a flange on the end that is designed to fit this orifice as tightly as possible.
Don't go at this like a bull in a china shop; if you do, then you may end up with water everywhere. Begin by gently pushing the plunger in and out to get rid of any trapped air first and you can then become more vigourous in your efforts to try and loosen the clog. Always make sure that there is enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger as you work and remember, you are forcing the water to unclog the blockage at the other end using hydraulic force.
If this doesn't work, you can always try to use a purpose-made toilet snake or get a wire coat hanger and create a home-made version. Introduce this and slowly push it through the S-bend to try and dislodge whatever is there. If you're lucky, you will be able to "hook" the racing car and pull it back out.
If you are still frustrated and cannot seem to make any headway, then you may need to take drastic action. In some cases, it may be necessary to dismantle the toilet altogether to access the downpipe; this is a major job, of course. Furthermore, the blockage could be in the pipe beyond your bathroom anyway. In both of these cases, you will need to call out an emergency plumbing company like P1 Plumbing & Electrical, as they will have the knowledge, expertise and tools to put things right.