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Clogged Toilet – Should You Call a Plumber or Do-It-Yourself?

Lora Davis

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The read definition of a terrifying moment should be the moment when you realize that your toilet is clogged. If you have a calm personality you will probably take a minute or two to let everything sink in as you slightly investigate what the course of the clogging could be. On the other hand if you’re easily overwhelmed with anxiety then a lot of things will come to your mind. Should you attempt to fix the problem on your own? Can attempting to fix the problem on your own call for more problems? Should you call professional local plumbers to investigate the clog and clean it up?

A clogged toilet is terrifying not just by the fact that no wastes can pass through, which can result in your whole house smelling like a toilet, but there is also the fact that the clogging can interfere with your bathroom floors. A clogging problem can be just that a clog, but sometimes it is difficult to be sure of this because it can also be a sign of other underlying problems. As a homeowner, it’s important to have a few skills that can help you determine the severity of the clog in order to do make the decision for contacting professional local plumbers.

Find the shutoff valve - The shutoff valve is the switch that regulates the water supply to your home. When a toilet clogs, the drains are harshly impacted. This can result in pipes bursting and can cause further problems of water leaks. To avoid more problems, close the shutoff valve. This will mean having no water for a few hours as you seek a solution for your clogged toilet. But which is better, to have a few hours of no water or have burst pipes in addition to a clogged toilet?

Look for the plunger - The first response when dealing with a clogged toilet is usually to plunge the toilet. As a homeowner, you should ensure that you have a plunger nearby even if they’re not aesthetically pleasing. Plungers help create a vacuum seal inside the toilet bowl around the drainage. Although pulling the plunger is considered a safe practice, it is important that you do it cautiously to avoid the waste in the toilet bowl from splashing on you and on the floor causing further mess. If the plunger doesn’t solve the problem after a few tries then it’s time to find another solution.

Try the auger - An auger can be your next best guess when you cannot solve the problem of a drain snake using a plunger. The auger is better at manipulating the toilet drainage to remove the clog. Some people will try using drain cleaners when these two methods fail, but we highly caution against this because drain cleaners can corrode your pipes and cause more trouble. You are better of trying vinegar and baking soda if you’re desperate for another DIY solution.

If after trying everything you still don’t arrive at a solution for your clogged toilet , contact local professional plumbers who will be able to get to the root cause of the problem.


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