Toilet backups can be quite a problem. If your toilet doesn’t overflow, you’re, at the very least, met with an unfortunate surprise in the bowl and are left to wonder, “why did my toilet back up?” Fortunately, some solutions are very simple. It all depends on the cause. Unfortunately, the causes vary by quite a lot.
Not Enough Water
Low flow toilets have the right idea in mind, but some of the old models did a less than stellar job implementing it. The idea to use less water can be done right but, if you don’t have enough water to get waste all the way through the pipes, it can end up back in the bowl. If your toilet, which should be marked, was made between 1994 and 1997, you can solve this problem by flushing twice. The additional water is usually enough to push waste through the pipes.
Additionally, you can supplement your first flush by adjusting things in the tank of your toilet. That balloon in the back of the toilet is what dictates how much water must enter the tank before it closes the hole it comes in through. If you move the balloon further up, it will have to put more water in the tank, thereby adding more water to your flush. You’ll also want to make sure the chain between the mechanism and the plug that covers the hole is taut. If it has too much slack, it will cover the inflow hole before the tank has filled properly.
If you own a septic tank, you might have forgotten that it needs maintenance every once in a while. The first sign of a septic tank being full is that it will begin to back up into your home. Bottom floor toilets will back up and be impossible to flush back down. You might have even had the misfortune of sewage overflowing when you tried to flush the mess back down.
This is also the cause, frequently, of showers or tubs ending up with sewage in them. If you find any sewage where it doesn’t belong, give a call to your septic experts.
Sewage Main Clog
For those of us who don’t have septic tanks, seeing sewage in your bathtub or toilet can be a shock. While your problem might be a small one, if you flush your toilet and find it overflowing instead of going back down, you might have a bigger problem than your flush volume.
If there’s a clog in the neighborhood’s sewage main, it might be causing everyone in the neighborhood to have backup issues.
Give us a call at POM Plumbing if you have any kind of backup issues and we’ll take a look. If the problem is in the sewage main, we can take the problem to those in charge of city plumbing affairs. No matter how big or small the cause, we look forward to getting your toilets back in working order again.