Because we are a Manhattan plumbing company that provides 24 hour emergency service, we get quite a few calls about clogged toilets. When the toilet won’t flush, or has overflowed, you really need that situation addressed promptly. A working toilet is essential to your family’s health and happiness. Here’s what you need to know about toilet clogs:
Most toilet clogs form relatively close to the toilet: Inappropriately flushed items are the leading cause of toilet clogs. A toilet is designed to take water and waste material away from the home, but people sometimes use the toilet to dispose of other items, such as cat litter, baby diapers, feminine hygiene products and more. Baby diapers are absorbent by design: when you put them in a very wet environment, they swell to their maximum size – which can completely block a residential sewer drain pipe. Children sometimes flush stuffed animals and important items, like their parents’ phone, down the toilet. Our team of NYC licensed master plumbers can quickly remove toilet clogs, but we’re sorry to say the items causing the clog are very rarely recoverable.
Sometimes you can fix a clogged toilet yourself: Plungers still work, and the clogged drain solutions available from hardware and home improvement stores can clear minor toilet clogs. These solutions take time, and can contain caustic chemicals, so make sure you read and follow the product instructions carefully. Using the plunger or drain cleaning solutions does require you to get up close and personal with a clogged toilet, which is not something many NYC homeowners enjoy doing. To avoid this dirty, nasty job, call your Manhattan plumbing company instead.
Recurring clogs can mean a larger issue: If your toilet keeps clogging and you know there’s no one flushing inappropriate items down the drain, the issue can be lower down in your sewer drain lines. Sewer drain cleaning is a service your Manhattan plumbing company provides, and it can help eliminate the issue of recurring toilet clogs.