In this guide we will look at the unpleasant task of how to unblock a toilet on a boat.
When a marine toilet is blocked it blocks in one of four places. Spoiler alert it’s almost never in the pipes unless your sanitary system has some hard 90 degree turns in it. Each of the different areas of blockage requires a different clearing strategy. Thankfully most user error manifests itself in the bowl before the paper even makes its way into the pump.
Most of the blockages you will find on your boat’s marine sanitation system will be a result of scaling caused by uric acid reacting with seawater to form crystals. Flushing toilet paper down a marine head is not the most common cause of blockages. Provided some common sense procedures are followed. If you missed it here’s my article on ‘Can You Flush Toilet Paper on a Boat’.
Unblocking a Marine Head or Sanitary System
How To Unblock a Jammed Up Marine Toilet Bowl
Disgusting Scale: 6-8
Difficulty Scale: 1 Beer Reward
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To save you the trouble of looking, here are the gloves you will need for this job from Amazon. I would suggest ordering two pairs at the same time. So that you have a backup pair, or have the ability to enlist a ‘helper’ if need be.