When to Call a Plumber for a Clogged Toilet

July 24, 2018

Have you noticed the telltale signs of a clogged toilet? Waste won’t flush, slow drain or elevated water level in the bowl, and unusual gurgling sounds when you flush are all common signs of a logged toilet, so it’s time to think about carrying out some essential repairs.

There are steps you can take to unclog a toilet without the services of a plumber. If the clog is visible, you can use waterproof gloves to carefully remove it. For unseen clogs, effective use of a plunger is also a viable option. The plunger should be of good quality and create suction in order to work correctly. It can take a half hour or more to unclog a toilet using a steady downward and upward plunging action.

On the other hand, it is also important to know when it’s time to call in a professional. If a clog just won’t shift, you have to consider whether your continued efforts are going to bear results, or if calling a plumber is the smart move in order to avoid a more costly repair.

Clogged Toilet

There are a million and one ways you can end up with a clogged toilet; and kids know most of them. Using too much toilet paper, treating the toilet as a trashcan and kids conducting experiments on how many toys they fit in the bowl are all potential clogging hazards. However, there are also potentially serious causes that may be lurking unseen in your plumbing system.

DIY Repairs

If you are going to repair a clogged toilet, there are a few things you should know. Any repairs other than using a plunger are not recommended. That is not to say home repairs are never effective. The real problem is, home repairs have the potential to cause more damage to a clogged toilet. Drain snakes and cleaning chemicals are the usual culprits of unnecessary damage to a toilet. If you don’t know what you are doing, you may make the situation much worse.

If the plunger doesn’t work – assuming you are using it correctly – attempting further repairs also has the potential of resulting in an overflow. The last thing you want is a wastewater backup. So, if you have a well-fitting plunger that achieves suction and you still can’t unclog your toilet, call a plumber before your clogged toilet overflows and causes a health hazard.

Sewage Line

Not all clogged toilet problems are related to actions of you or another family member. Sometimes the situation is much more serious than you think. If there is a break in the sewer line due to wear and tear or tree root systems, only a professional plumber will have the knowledge and skills needed to carry out repairs.

Show Plumbing has the tools and expertise needed to determine the cause of your clogged toilet and make any necessary repairs. We will take every measure to ensure that your plumbing system is fully checked for faults and have your toilet in good working order when we are done.