Plumbing Interventions For Toilet Backups

25 July 2023
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If the water in your toilet rises too high when you flush it, then chances are you have an obstruction. Blocked toilets can cause overflows and cause structural damage to your floor and if you live in an apartment building, the water from the overflow can damage your downstairs neighbor's ceiling. Here are some effective plumbing interventions you should know about if you have a clogged toilet. 

Utilizing A Flange Plunger

If you do not own a plunger or if you don't know how to use one, contact a plumber and they will assist you. The most common, easiest, and cost-effective option for clearing a clogged toilet is simply by using a plunger. While a regular plunger can do the job, your plumber may come equipped with a flange plunger because they are typically more effective. A flange is an extension of the middle of the plunger that looks like a rubber cup.

Flange plungers tend to make a better suction over the hole of the toilet bowl, and because of this, are more effective in freeing stubborn clogs. The plumber will make sure that the flange makes a tight seal over the hole inside the toilet so that when they plunge the toilet, the pressure will dislodge the obstruction.

Toilet Snake

A toilet snake is also known as an auger. If plunging your toilet does not clear the clog, the plumber may use a drain snake. To snake your toilet, the plumber will insert the auger and gently aim it toward the back. They will slowly crank the auger until it meets with resistance. Once the auger doesn't advance any further it means that it has reached the object or materials that are clogging your toilet.

With a series of cranks and auger movements, your plumber will be able to retrieve the offending material that caused the clog so that it can be disposed of. If the plumber is unable to remove the clog from the toilet, they will attempt to break it up so that it can be flushed. Once the clog has been successfully cleared by your plumber, they will retract the auger and remove it from the toilet. 

If the water in your toilet rises too high when flushed, call a plumber as soon as possible. Their extensive plumbing knowledge and experience will help ensure a quick and efficient resolution to just about any plumbing problem that you might encounter in your home. For more information on plumbing, contact a professional near you.