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What to do if your toilet is blocked with paper

Blocked toilets


If not dealt with quickly and properly, a blocked toilet can be a nightmare

What may begin with your toilet bowl draining slower than normal, may turn into your toilet bowl overflowing onto your bathroom floor if left untreated. 

Luckily, you have the option to unblock your toilet by yourself or call a professional plumber to safely and efficiently fix your blocked toilet.

Common causes 

Blockages can occur for a number of reasons, with the most common cause a buildup of undissolved toilet paper clogging the drain

Your toilet may be blocked for other reasons, most commonly where miscellaneous objects such as toys, food, nappies or sanitary napkins have been flushed down the toilet. 

Toilet blocked with paper?  

The majority of the time, your plumbing system is able to break down and dissolve toilet paper with ease. This allows for a properly functioning flushing system, and lets you go about your day to day life without worrying about a clogged toilet. 

Sometimes however, your toilet can become overwhelmed by too much toilet paper, and it can clump together to form a clogged toilet. 

There are a number of ways that you can unblock a toilet that is clogged with toilet paper at home, but for the most successful outcome, it’s best to hire a plumber.

toilet paper tissue


When you’re facing a drain blocked with toilet paper, you have the option to unclog it with a plunger.

To plunge your toilet successfully, ensure the suction cup covers the toilet drain opening to create a seal. Then move the plunger up and down to pull and push the paper. Repeat this method until the clog is dissolved.

A telltale sign that you’ve dissolved the toilet paper is that the bowl empties once your plunger has been removed, meaning you are ready to use your toilet as normal.

What to do if your toilet is blocked with paper

Coat wire hanger 

A coat wire hanger is a common household object that can also be used to unblock a toilet, although caution is advised with this method.

The coat hanger can be turned into a long wire that is inserted into the clogged toilet drain, which can then be moved around to help dissolve the toilet paper. 

Poking the clogged paper back and forth will help break it up so that the toilet can then be flushed and used normally.


Continually flushing the toilet to remove the blockage may seem like a good idea at the time, but this method for unclogging a toilet is not recommended

Flushing the toilet too many times can cause overflows, which is a messy problem that should be avoided if possible.

Unblock your toilet 

If your toilet is blocked with paper and you want to leave it to the professionals to fix, you can call the friendly Drainpro team on 1300 620 273. 

Our team of highly skilled plumbers will have your toilet unclogged in no time at all, so you can use your toilet without fear of any blockages. 

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