Next to killing a spider, fixing a clogged toilet is a household job no one wants to have. Unfortunately, it is a duty that must be performed from time to time; no pun intended. The real issue is knowing when a plunger just won’t be enough to get the job done, and when it’s time to call in the professional plumber.
What Can Cause a Blockage?
Determining what’s causing the clog means having to look in the toilet; sorry, but it’s necessary. Make sure you have gloves just in case you can manually remove the blockage. Anything can be stuck down there, from toilet paper to your son’s action figure! If the toilet is still unflushable, the clog is going to be further down the drain. In this case, a plunger will come in handy!
4 Reasons to Call a Professional Plumber
If the obstruction could still not be removed, it might be an indication that some professional help is required. There are several times when calling a plumber is better and safer than trying a DIY job.
- The Plunger Wouldn’t Work: For a simple case of too much toilet paper, a plunger is normally the only tool you need to get the water flowing again. Sometimes though, the toilet is just plain stubborn and needs a little more elbow grease. Using a snake or the old baking soda and vinegar trick are other options to try, but you’ll probably find it to be more of a hassle than anything else. It is also recommended that you never use chemical products, like Drano, to unclog the drain. These items may be sold in stores, but pouring chemicals down your drains can cause corrosion and lead to leaks.
- The Toilet is Running: It just swirls, and swirls, and swirls, but you probably don’t want a constant whirlpool in your bathroom. Not only is a running toilet costly, you will more than likely find yourself messing with it every time you use it just to get it to stop. This issue could be a sign that the water flap, which controls the flow of water from the tank to bowl, no longer fits as it should. There may be another reason, but calling a professional plumber will be the only way to receive a proper diagnosis.
- Foreign Objects Were Flushed: Remember your son’s action figure? Well, it may have gotten stuck farther down than you think. At this point, only Mr. Fantastic could reach in far enough and pull that toy out. Besides this, should a foreign object pass beyond the toilet, it could damage the sewer septic lines.
- You Can Smell the Problem: That is an indication of a bigger problem. Hidden leaks often result from overly strained or clogged toilets, and can cause can cause a multitude of issues. The smell wafting through your home is bad enough, but a hidden leak that’s left unchecked will quickly raise your water bill. In addition, there could be severe damage behind your walls or under the floor, which may result in mold—that’s never good for your respiratory system. There is not much you can fix on your own at this point, so a professional plumber is recommended.
There will be times when you need to address minor household problems. Proper research and knowledge make DIY projects more than doable, and can save you plenty of time and money, but remember to use your best judgement for any serious situations. It’s not necessary to be the hero all the time. Be honest with yourself about when professional help is needed. You should never have to negotiate the safety of yourself, your home, or others for a three step do-it-yourself tutorial found on the internet.
Topics: Repair Toilets