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3 Ways To Clear a Sewer Clog

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Snake the toilet

Three Main Sewage Cleaning Methods

You're getting ready in the morning, and all is going well until you turn on your shower. Then you notice your toilet overflowing. This is a telltale sign that you have a sewer clog. There are three main sewage cleaning methods to try if this happens to you.

1. Snake the Toilet

If it's just a pipe that's clogged, you can probably fix the toilet overflow with an auger. An auger allows you to release the cause of the clog when you snake it down your toilet. Just snaking the toilet may not work, though. The next thing to try is to snake the drain under the toilet. You will have to remove the fixture to do so, but it may be easier and more effective.

2. Snake the Main Drain

After you have snaked the toilet, try running the shower again. If you the toilet is still overflowing, you probably need sewage cleaning closer to the main sewer line. Find the drain cleanout, which is usually located in your crawlspace or in the basement. Be careful when trying this, as the cap can be difficult to remove and when you do, sewage could leak into your home. In fact, this job may be better suited to a plumber in Peoria, AZ, so that you can be sure it's done correctly. The drain under the cap must be snaked once it is exposed to release the clog.

3. Call the Professionals

At this point, if turning on your shower still causes your toilet to overflow, the problem is probably bigger than one clogged pipe. Call a plumber or sewer cleanup company to check your sewer lines and find the source of the problem.
For minor sewage cleaning problems, all you need is a snake and some elbow grease. If the problem persists, however, leave the work to certified professionals to avoid further damage.

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