SERVPRO of Jackson and Jennings Counties Tips: How the toilet and shower are connected
If you're like most people, you've probably dealt with an overflowing toilet before. This often happens when an object clogs the toilet, preventing the water from going down. However, bigger concerns could be at play, especially when the overflowing occurs when you're not flushing the toilet. If the toilet overflows while you shower, you may need to do some sewage cleaning.
How the Toilet and Shower Are Connected
You may not think there would be a link between taking a shower and facing a toilet overflow. A blockage between the toilet and the main sewer line of your home is likely the culprit in this case. This issue causes your shower water to back up. It needs somewhere to go, so it'll head to the nearest drain: the toilet. The longer you run the shower as this problem is in effect, the more likely the toilet will overflow.
Fixing a clogged pipe may not require the help of a professional plumber. There are a few steps you can follow on your own to possibly clear the obstruction. These include:
- Use a plunger.
- Use a plumber's snake (it can reach much farther down into the toilet).
- Remove the toilet.
- Locate the drain clean-out plug, remove it and clean out the drain.
For Bigger Problems
If these ideas don't work, you need to step up the game plan to sewage cleaning. This isn't a task you'll want to attempt by yourself. If the clog is somewhere in the home's main sewer line, you should contact a plumber immediately. The professionals have the right tools and skills to identify the blockage and remove it. In the meantime, if you spot water damage from the overflowing toilet or backed-up shower, make sure you call a professional water cleanup company to assess the extent of the damage.
It may not seem normal to have an overflowing toilet while you shower. However, with some professional sewage cleaning, you can correct this problem.
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