What’s Clogged: the Toilet or the Sewer Line?

What’s Clogged: the Toilet or the Sewer Line?

One of the worst scenarios for a homeowner is certainly coming back home and, after using the toilet finding out that all the waste water is coming back.

Now, there could be two reasons for this. Either your toilet is clogged or, even worse, the sewer line is clogged. But how can you determine which one of these is the problem before you call a sewer line contractor?

Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure:

1.    Use the Plunger

Even if you are not a trained plumber, you still have this handy tool next to the toilet called a plunger. This tool is very effective at unclogging your toilet and letting water run free.

Try using the plunger first, if the water goes down and it flushes like it should, then you’re in luck since you probably don’t need to call a plumber.

Don’t celebrate yet, however. Check to see if the water drains slowly or quickly. What about the sound? Does the drain make any weird noises? If it does, you have a bigger problem on your hands.


2.    Check the Tub and the Sink

Very often, where there is a clog in one place, you can find it in other places as well. If your toilet doesn’t flush properly, check out the other drains.

Does the water back up into the tub or a sink when you flush the toilet? If it does, it’s a sign of something blocking the pipes or the main sewer drain. This is a definite reason to call your trusted experts, Spengler.


3.    How Often Do You Plunge Your Toilet?

Perhaps your problem isn’t so recent. How often does your toilet need plunging? If this keeps happening, you really need to pick up the phone and call us. IL (618) 206-0022

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