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Why is My Toilet Overflowing?

Toilet OverflowingIf your toilet is overflowing, odds are good that you have a clog. Typical causes for a toilet clog include:
  • Flushing too much waste and/or toilet paper at one time.
  • Using the toilet to dispose of non-flushable bathroom trash, such as pads, tampons, cotton balls, paper, dental floss or diapers.
  • Flushing kitchen waste, including cooking grease, fruit and vegetable peels, meat trimmings, etc.
  • Disposing of pet waste, including clumps of kitty litter and dog waste bags. Even products advertised as flushable may cause problems under the right conditions.
  • Weak or partial flushing that, over time, allows a clog to form and grow. Older low-flow toilets and toilets with tank float or flapper problems may be the culprit in this case.
  • Leaving small children unattended in the bathroom. There's no telling what they'll find fun to flush!
Keep in mind that the clog may not be in just your toilet’s line; it could be in the main sewer line for your home or apartment building. Check the other toilets on the line to see if that's a possibility.
Clogs may be stubborn, but they can generally be removed with a plunger or toilet auger. If that's not working, you may need to call a plumber.
A pro can remove the worst clogs and also check for less common clog causes, like tree roots that have grown into your sewer line, or a broken or collapsed pipe. If clogging is a frequent problem in your home, we may be able to recommend a solution—from new toilet installation to video sewer inspection and pipe repair.
Having toilet trouble now? Call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 for plumbing service, installation and repair! We’re available to take your call 24/7/365.
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