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What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows While You Shower

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Plumber unclogging a toilet with manual auger Use the snake in the toilet

Follow The Steps Below

There is nothing worse than stepping out of a nice, relaxing shower and into a pile of toilet water on your bathroom floor. This occurs when there is a clogged pipe between the sewer and the toilet. The running shower then backs up into the waste water lines, causing toilet overflow.
To limit the need for sewage cleaning in your home, you should address this clog as soon as you can. If the clog is small, you may be able to fix it on your own.
Start by grabbing a plumbing tool called a snake. A snake uses a flexible and thick wire used to clear a clog. You should look for a snake that is at least 25 feet in length. 

1. Use the Snake in the Toilet
First, run the snake through the toilet. You can also try removing the toilet and putting the snake in the floor drain. When you think you have eliminated the clog, turn on the shower to see what happens. If the toilet overflows again, move on to the next step.


2. Try the Drain Cleanout
The drain cleanout is the cap that covers the main drain in your crawlspace or basement. You can use a pipe wrench to take off the cap. You may need to do some sewage cleaning if liquid overflows from the drain. Then put the snake down the drain to eliminate any clogs. Put the cap back on the drain before you run the shower again.


3. Call a Professional
If the toilet still overflows after you clear the cleanout, the clog may be especially tough or located in an area that the snake cannot reach. You will need to call a plumber who has the commercial equipment necessary to break up the clog.
Once the clog is removed from the pipes, you will have to address up the mess in your bathroom. Sewage cleaning specialists in Seattle, WA, can sanitize and dry off your home.

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