How To Unclog a Toilet

How To Unclog a Toilet

Are you needing help on how to unclog a toilet?  Here are the steps a professional plumber will take to unclog your drains.

When the toilet backs up it can be caused by a clog in the toilet and usually can be unclogged by using a plunger or toilet auger. This is normally an easy diagnosis because a clogged toilet won’t affect the other drains in the house.

outside drain cleanoutWhen the whole bathroom and other drains in the house won’t drain this can indicate that the main drain in your home or the house sewer is clogged, to unclog a main drain we start by looking for an outside cleanout which is usually in the front or back yard, about 4’ from the house. Water in the cleanout will tell us if the clog is downstream, in the house sewer, or if the clean out is dry it will be upstream of your house sewer.

When the clog is in the house sewer which is located outside of the house, we can run our drain cleaning snake into the outside clean out to unclog the sewer.

There are no main drain house cleanouts inside of a residential home. Usually to gain access to the house main drain we have to remove the toilet and run the drain snake down the toilet drain. After unclogging the drain the toilet is reset and normal use of your plumbing system is returned.

Not all houses have an outside cleanout which can make unclogging sewers and drains more difficult and costly.

Having an outside cleanout for your sewer is the quickest way for a plumber to unclog your house sewer, it is also the cleanest way as this avoids the plumber having to remove the toilet and bring the drain cleaning machine into your home.

If you do not have an outside drain cleanout and you are located in the greater Springfield, MO area, including the local communities surrounding Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville and Highlandville, give Accro Plumbing a call at (417) 839-1417 and he can talk to you about installing an outside cleanout to your house sewer.

Prevention is the key to avoiding having a clogged drain. Here are some of the main things that can clog a house sewer. Intrusion of tree roots, flushing wipes for adults and babies, excessive amount of toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, toys, and trash.

If you need help on how to unclog a toilet and are looking for professional help, call Accro Plumbing today, (417) 839-1417 or schedule an appointment by filling out our online form.  We provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services and are here to help.