Home plumbing systems are essential to a healthy and efficient home. If your home plumbing gets stopped up and your toilets are not working efficiently, you need to assess the situation and repair the problem. Here are some recommendations to help you handle and best manage your toilet backup problem in your home.
Complete Your Own Repairs
As soon as a clog occurs in your home's toilet, you will likely grab a plunger and work on releasing the blockage from inside the pipe. Be sure you use a toilet plunger with a flange, which is the right type of plunger to compress and push out the blockage. Sometimes a plunger won't push the blockage out through the line to release the clog, and you will have to try other options.
You can also pour a pot of boiling water down into your toilet, which is helpful in dissolving clogged toilet paper and debris in the line. However, if your toilet is completely full of water because the blockage is not allowing the water to drain, skip this step, and you can consider using a plumber's snake to clear the line. You can also turn off the water at the connection just behind the toilet tank. This will help prevent excessive water from filling into the toilet when you try to flush the debris down, which helps you avoid a flood spilling over your bathroom floor.
Detect Underlying Problem
A professional plumber is also a good solution to help you clear out a toilet blockage. They have access to professional tools and line clearing processes that will free up your clogged up line. For example, they can use a commercial-sized plumber's snake to clear the line, especially when the clog is far down the line and a regular plumber's snake will not reach the clog.
Your professional plumber can also use a hydro-jet system to clean out the clog and also clean the interior of the line. A hydro-jet system uses high-pressure water to push out the blockage and remove sludge buildup from the interior of the line, which is what usually contributes to the interior line clogs.
You might discover your toilet clogs return repeatedly and soon after you have cleared them from your line. This can happen when your plumbing line is damaged internally, and sewage waste is catching on the inside of the sewer line that is either compressed, cracked, broken, or contains tree roots. Your plumbing professional can restore your plumbing service with a sewage line repair. If the damage is in your main sewer line, they will need to excavate the soil to access and repair the line.
For more information, reach out to a local repair service, like Rob's Septic Tanks Inc.