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Tips for Removing a Toilet Clog

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Removing a Toilet Clog Hire certified technicians if you have a clogged toilet

Tips for Removing a Toilet Clog

After taking a nice, long shower, you step onto your bath mat, and the floor is soaked. A quick assessment of the situation indicates that the overflow is coming from the toilet. This probably means that there is a clog somewhere in the pipe between your toilet and your septic tank. The following tips can help you with drain clearing and sewage cleaning.

1. Snake the Toilet

To combat toilet overflow, you will likely need to snake it. A snake, otherwise known as an auger, can be found at most hardware stores in Levittown, PA, and is pretty simple to use. You can either insert the auger into the toilet bowl itself to try to dislodge the clog that way, or you can remove the toilet so that you can reach the drain beneath it. Then turn on the shower to see if you got rid of the clog. Make sure you put old towels or newspaper on the floor first, or you may add more sewage cleaning to your to-do list!

2. Snake the Drain Cleanout

If snaking the toilet didn’t take care of the clogged pipe, you can try snaking your drain cleanout. Using a wrench, remove the cap carefully. It’s a good idea to have a bucket nearby just in case any sewage leaks out when it’s open. Snake the drain from this angle to remove the clog.

3. Call the Professionals

If the problem is still not resolved or if you’re uncomfortable using the auger, it’s time to hire certified technicians to deal with it. They can take care of the clog and clean any sewer damage that the overflow left in your home. They can also determine whether you have a larger issue, such as a tree root encroaching on your sewer line, that needs to be addressed.

An overflowing toilet isn’t a pleasant surprise, but fixing it may be simple with the right tools. If not, you can always call a plumber or sewage cleaning experts to handle it.

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