A flushing toilet is something that most of us take for granted; that is, until it isn’t working properly. A toilet that backs up into the shower isn’t just inconvenient, but it’s highly unsanitary and almost always requires a visit from an experienced plumber. Here’s what to do (and just as importantly, what not to do) when you’ve got toilet problems at your home or business.
The most common cause of water backup is a clog in a sewer line. This can be the result of flushing things that aren’t supposed to be flushed (such as toys and feminine products) or a grease buildup. Invasive tree roots can also cause blocked pipes.
If you have a septic system and you are experiencing water backup, think about getting your tank pumped. Most septic tanks need to be pumped every three to five years; neglecting to do so will inevitably result in expensive repairs in the future.
What Not to Do
If you have water backing up, it may be tempting to get out the plunger and see if you can get things moving along properly. However, this never works. If there is a clog that’s causing the water to back up into your tub or sink, that clog is much too far away to be affected by plunging.
You should also forego chemical drain openers. As nice as it would be to simply dump something down the drain, wait a few minutes, and watch your plumbing problem disappear, the reality is that chemical drain openers just aren’t effective for this type of clog. In fact, they can actually cause damage to your pipes and create a more complicated (and expensive) problem.
Eliminating the Clog
While a plunger and a chemical drain cleaner likely yield few results, plumbing snakes help clear foreign objects. Most plumbing snakes can remove clogs that are up to 25-50 feet away from the tub or sink. They’re affordable and easy to use, making them a practical option.
If a snake doesn’t eliminate the clog, then it’s time to give Morrison Plumbing a call. Our licensed plumbers offer fast, friendly service; we commit to serving the residents and businesses of Caseyville, IL with honesty and excellence. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.