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Deal with a Toilet Overflow Like a Pro

Toilet overflows happen pretty often in our neck of the woods. Every homeowner who owns a toilet is going to deal with an overflow at some point. Our plumbing systems might be robust, but they’re not magic—they’re going to require some handiwork in order to make sure everything flows correctly and in the right direction. Especially with all the time we’ve been spending inside these days, it’s important now more than ever to make sure your toilet is running well.

So, if you’ve been struggling with your toilet recently and you’ve thought about calling a plumber, then you’re on the right track. We’ll list some ways that we know homeowners can deal with a toilet overflow, and as always we’re available to help.

Utilizing a Plunger Correctly

Plungers are an age-old way to remove clogs and issues with your plumbing system through practical physics. A plunger creates a seal which can then pressurize the pipes, making sure whatever material is clogging the toilet eventually gets flushed down easily. Plungers are a great solution for homeowners since they’re not invasive and can be used with simple directions.

The important aspect of using a plunger is making sure you’ve got one that can effectively create a seal that allows you to pressurize the drain. If you’ve got a plunger that’s the wrong size or a plunger meant for a different type of drain, you’re going to have a lot more trouble trying to plunge your clogged toilet than you would otherwise. Contact one of our professional plumbers if you think you’ve got a problem with an incorrectly sized plunger and we can help you out.

Narrowing Down the Issue

So, let’s say your plunger isn’t doing the trick. No matter how many times you plunge your overflowing toilet, it’s just not working. Here’s what you can do to help narrow down the problem and detect if this is something you’ll need professional help with. Spoiler alert—you probably will!

  1. Make sure that the water isn’t continually overflowing. Keep towels around your bathroom just in case it is. If your toilet won’t stop overflowing, there could be a leak somewhere in the system and it’s going to require emergency plumbing services to fix. Try to mitigate the water damage with towels and cleaning supplies until a professional arrives.
  2. Check around the tank. Take a good look at your toilet tank. If everything looks fine and your toilet is still overflowing no matter how many times you plunge it, then you’ve likely got a problem in your septic tank or your sewer line. Unfortunately, this is nothing that can be fixed with amateur hands, so you’ll need to call a professional to address the problem.

Basically, an overflowing toilet should be able to be resolved with proper plunging. If it isn’t, then there’s likely something more sinister happening behind the scenes, causing your plumbing system to rebel against you. With the help of a professional plumber, your plumbing woes can be easily dealt with, keeping you stress-free.

The team at Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. has specialists ready to fix your plumbing system. Call us today!

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