The bathroom is one of the most often used rooms in the house and that greatly increases the risk of it to clog. In fact, the most important plumbing takes place in the toilet and when it gets clogged, it’s going to make it impossible to use the toilet without causing the water to overflow. So with that being said, how can you go about with bathroom clog troubleshooting?
Symptoms, consequences, signs
If the water takes too long to flush or if the water overflows when you flush, then that is a clear sign there’s a blockage of some kind. While some of them can be fixed by the homeowner, if the blockage is too severe then you may need to call a plumber.
The reasons a toilet gets clogged are numerous. Attempting to flush or flushing objects such as clothes, cotton balls, tampons, baby wipes and nappies will undoubtedly cause the toilet to clog. Trying to flush a lot of toilet paper at once may also lead to the same problem. If you have children beware, it’s not unusual for them to try to flush down their toys, which eventually ends with a clogged toilet.
Can the problem be ignored?
Leaving a clogged toilet unfixed will make it even worse, especially if it’s going to be used regularly. In fact, the water in the toilet will start to overflow with the second or third attempt of flushing the toilet after a normal use.
There are quite a few ways to fix a clogged toilet and some of the most common ones include:
- Turning the water off and using a plunger.
- Try using an auger if the plunger doesn’t fix the issue.
- Access the drain by removing the toilet.
Keep in mind that if you’re not qualified to remove and fix a toilet, then you should call a professional plumber to do it for you. He’ll also have the necessary tools to tackle the clog once the toilet is removed, so he can get the job done in just a few minutes.
Unclogging your toilet is very important if you don’t want it to overflow with everything that you tried to flush, causing not only a nasty mess, but also making it very hard to clean if you don’t have a strong stomach. By fixing it, you’ll easily be able to resume using the toilet as usual, so if you think you can do it on your own because you’ve probably done it before, then by all means attempt to fix it. On the other hand, if you have no experience with fixing toilets, then your best bet is to call a licensed and insured plumber who can get the job done fast and professional.