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Residential Sewer Stoppage: The Clog That Won’t Flush Away
Are you experiencing residential sewer stoppage? Chronic clogs can set up an adversarial relationship between the homeowner and their plumbing. If the toilet did what it was supposed to do (flush), there would not be clogs or stoppage, right? Wrong. The most common cause of stoppage is flushing things down the toilet that do not belong there, like feminine hygiene products or sanitary wipes. Trying to flush away a clog will only make the problem worse and cause more overflow because it makes the plumbing try to tackle something it is not built for.
If you have a severe clog or residential sewer stoppage, it is best to seek the help of a professional.
What causes residential sewer stoppage?
Residential sewer stoppage is common and can occur when there is an obstruction or clog in the plumbing. This can cause overflow because the pipes are no longer fit to handle an influx of water or anything else sent down the drain. Usually, residential sewer stoppage concerns the toilet because that is where people are most likely to flush something that does not belong.
Stopping a toilet clog: The basics
If you suspect your toilet is clogged, do not try to flush it down to take care of the problem. Instead, plunge your toilet to see if you can pull up what is causing the stoppage. This can be an easy solution if the clog is closer to the surface. You can also take off the lid of your toilet tank and manually flush, by pulling the plug. This can temporarily get the clog out of your toilet, but the sewage stoppage still needs to be addressed.
If unclogging a toilet does not work
If you have tried to unclog the toilet yourself with the above methods and it still does not work, you are likely the unfortunate victim of overflow. If the toilet is continuously overflowing and the basics do not stop the clog, you will need professional help. While you are waiting for a plumber, here are tactics to try to stop overflow:
- Turn the water valve to “off” (can be found at the base of your toilet)
- Manually flush using the toilet tank
- Remove the obstruction from the toilet using a plunger or gloves
- Call your plumber
A plumber can beat residential sewer stoppage
Sewage stoppage happens to everyone, and there are things you can try on your own. But when these methods are not cutting it, the best way to clear a residential sewer stoppage is with booking professional services by a plumber. This can mean utilizing a sewer camera inspection to find where the blockage is coming from or drain cleaning services for a plumber to manually remove the obstruction. If pipes have been corroded or damaged, it may mean pipe replacement.
Professional services are especially important if clogging and overflow are a common occurrence and cannot be taken care of with do-it-yourself methods.
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