Truth be told; women generally aren't required to do the plumbing when there is a man around to do it on their behalf. However, these days, a growing number of women are living alone for whatever reason, and wind up having to deal with home maintenance problems themselves. Even if there may be a man in the house, modern women are as capable as their men folk and have a tendency to do a lot of the requisite household DIY without male assistance. But what woman in her right mind enjoys a blocked toilet?
My aunt has a solution for this, she simply calls the plumber. After many years of doing it herself, she is now in the position to be able to pay someone to handle odious tasks like unblocking drains. My aunt believes that life's too short to waste time noodling around with plungers, so when she has a plumbing problem, she calls in the 'big guns'. Plumbers have specialized equipment like plumbing snakes aka 'electric eels' that twist around in pipes to loosen the blockage, so no noodling there. Now, some blockages are so bad and so far down in the pipes that there's no way to unblock them without the help of a plumber, even if you are a guy. A geyser bursting is yet another occasion where the plumbing issue is simply too arduous and too large to handle alone and the assistance of a plumber is needed. Ladies, if you have ever needed to wrestle a leaking geyser out through a tiny hatch in your ceiling and replace it with a new one, then you will probably agree that calling a plumber is the option to take: those puppies weigh a ton, even when empty. But it is not actually necessary to call a plumber for a minor blockage in a bathroom pipe or down the kitchen sink, now is it? I'm sure you'll agree that this is the kind of minor plumbing inconvenience you are able to handle in your sleep.
It really is virtually impossible to avoid minor blockages from occurring in household plumbing. In the bathroom, hair and soap are the main culprits in blocking the pipes, while in the kitchen; it is grease and small particles of food. These offenders build up in the pipes, progressively narrowing the passage that the water can go through until, hey presto, there's a blockage. It is easy to get rid of blockages like this using a liquid drain cleaner as long as you don't leave the blockage too long before doing something about it. Unfortunately, they contain strong chemicals that do not help the environment. The corrosive ingredients in liquid drain cleaners literally eat away at the blockage which makes them effective but harmful to humans. You should ventilate the room and protect your hands with rubber gloves when you use these products, and never allow children and babies anywhere in the vicinity.
Baking powder, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are cheaper and greener alternatives to commercial liquid drain cleaners but you should never put them down the drain directly after you have used a commercial liquid drain cleaner, however, since the compounds will react to each other and generate toxic fumes. Provided you steer clear of doing anything that will produce toxic fumes, natural drain cleaning products should work well enough, together with a plunger and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.