How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Unclog a Toilet

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Unclogging a toilet with a plunger is a standard practice. The occasional toilet clog is a fairly normal occurrence in most households. But if you find that you need to unclog your toilet often, or that your toilet seems to overflow for no reason, this could be a sign of other plumbing issues. 

Stop struggling with a toilet plunger and household products, and call Atlanta’s best plumbers at Estes Services to diagnose and repair the pipes and drains in your home. With over 70 years of experience, our technicians are highly skilled and will work hard to get water flowing back in your house. 

Reasons Your Toilet Is Clogging Frequently

No one wants to deal with a clogged toilet. At Estes, we get that once is enough. Our plumbing services range from fixing leaks to unclogging sewer lines and everything in between. Give Estes a call today so we can solve the plumbing problems in your home. 

Old Toilet

Let’s examine the toilet first. Although many clogs aren’t just isolated to the toilet, if you have an older toilet, this could be a potential source of the problem. Some older toilets are low-flow, which means that they can’t handle everything that’s flushed, especially if you’ve been using “flushable wipes.” Although some of these wipes say they’re safe to flush, they’ve caused many headaches for water municipalities all over the country.

Watching which items flush and which items clog could be a sign that your toilet can’t handle the pressure. Upgrading to a newer toilet could be the answer. At Estes, we can give you recommendations for toilets as well as install them. 

Clogged Drain Line

If you’re unclogging a toilet in your house after every use, then it’s time to get it inspected by a professional. A clog once and a while is normal, but frequent clogging is not. One of the most common reasons for frequent toilet backups is a clogged drain line.

A clogged S trap can cause your toilet bowl to overflow if the water can’t get past the trap. Depending on the severity of the clog, a plumber might need special tools to remove it. Lots of things can cause a clog in your drains and pipes, and having your drains cleaned regularly by the professional plumbers at Estes Services can help clear clogs and extend the life of your pipes. 

Sewer Line Problem

If your home is older or there are large tree roots in your yard, your plumbing issues might be caused by a damaged or clogged sewer line. The sewer line is a pipe that leads from the road to your house. Overtime, sewer line clogs could get much worse and much more expensive to fix if they’re neglected. 

Other hints that it could be a problem with your sewer line is if you’ve noticed your shower and sinks aren’t draining as fast anymore, or there is water in your basement or crawlspace.

Septic System Issues

If your home has a septic system, it might be the cause of your constantly clogging toilet bowl. Septic tanks work by slowly releasing water from your lines into the soil around it. If the area underneath your tank can’t dissipate the release water, the septic tank will fill up and cause an overflow.

If your yard has had an odor lately, or you’ve noticed lush grass in areas of your lawn when there’s been little rain, these could be clues to more septic tank problems. The plumbers at Estes can snake your line to keep water flowing out of your house. We can also diagnose other septic issues on your property too. 

Stop Unclogging Your Toilet Yourself – Call Estes to Fix It

Whether it’s your toilet itself or other pipes and drains in the house, the team at Estes can fix it. Make unclogging a toilet repeatedly a thing of the past. Contact Estes today for more information on how to unclog the toilet or to schedule your free plumbing estimate so you can get the water running back in your home.