Posted on: 20 December 2022
A toilet backup is one of the most unpleasant plumbing disasters to experience. If it's bad enough, you might have toxic waste on your floor or in a sink or shower. Besides having to clean up the mess, you also have to figure out what caused your toilet to back up. Here's how a plumber might unclog your sewer line so your toilet flushes normally again.
If You Have A Septic Tank
Think back to when you had your tank pumped the last time. If it's been a few years, the problem could be a full tank. If no more sewage will go in the tank, it will back up in your house or spill over into the yard. When this happens, the only solution is to have the septic tank pumped out. Once that's done, your toilet should flush and the tank should fill and drain normally again.
If The Drainfield Isn't Draining
If you have a septic system, you also have a drainfield. The wastewater from the tank flows into the field to drain through the soil to be filtered. If the soil becomes compacted, wastewater may not drain properly. This can cause the water to back up in the septic tank and then into your house through the toilet.
This can be a complex problem to locate and fix. The plumber may need to use a hydro jet to clean out the drains in the field or they may need to fracture the soil so water can drain through it again.
If You Connect To The City Sewer Line
Your toilet can clog up even if you don't have your own tank and you use the city sewer line instead. This happens when your sewer main is clogged with tree roots or paper clogs.
Your plumber can pass a pipe camera into the sewer main to see what's causing the issue. If they find a clog, the plumber might use a hydro jet to bust up the clog or cut through tree roots. A hydro jet is an effective way to eliminate all traces of a clog so the sewer line is completely clear and there are no more blockages to cause your toilet to back up when you flush it.
If The Toilet Is Clogged
If the problem is in the toilet, forceful plunging can often dislodge the clog. The plumber may put enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger and then plunge with as much force as possible for as long as possible. It might be hard work, but plunging might be the right solution for a paper clog in a toilet.
If the problem is a toy or something that won't move on through the drain, the plumber may need to fish out the clog rather than try to force it through. For more information, contact a company such as Rob's Septic Tanks Inc.Share