Toilet Backing Up in the Basement
Why is your basement toilet backing up?
There are a few different reasons why your basement toilet might be backing up. When it comes to plumbing problems, situations can vary depending on the circumstances involved, such as how your plumbing drains/exits your home to a sewer or septic tank. Here we will go over the possible scenarios why a basement toilet would be backing up. Keep in mind that it really depends on how your plumbing drains are run, also situations vary from problem to problem. If at any time you think you may be in over your head, it is always good to call a licensed plumber to have the plumbing issue inspected. We will start with the cheapest or least expensive repair and work our way up to more expensive repairs.
The toilet is backing up
Could it just be the toilet in the basement that’s backing up? Many times the repair is as simple and cost-effective as that. There are several ways to unclog a toilet that any homeowner can do on their own.
1) Use the correct plunger to unclog the toilet. People make the mistake of buying a fancy plunger to match their shower curtain and paint. But do yourself and your guests a favor and keep a proper toilet plunger in your bathroom. Below are our recommendations for a suitable toilet plunger
2) Use a toilet snake to unclog the toilet: Toilet snakes are specially designed augers that anyone can quickly learn to use. The toilet snake will go through the entire toilet and remove any blockages along the way.
Something went down the toilet: children’s toys?
Unfortunately, children love to flush anything within their reach down the toilet and watch it disappear. If something fell into your toilet like a toy and you had no luck with a plunger or toilet auger, chances are the object is now stuck in your plumbing drains. This problem requires you to remove the toilet and remove it with an auger and try to push the toy into a larger plumbing drain downstream or have a plumber inspect your drain with a sewer camera to see what is stuck in your drain sewerage At this point, it is recommended that you call in a professional if you feel you are beyond your capabilities. A plumber will inspect your drain and give you a cost of how much it would cost to fix. If you try to do it yourself, be aware that you can do much worse and more expensive.
The main sewer line is blocked or broken
Unfortunately, this is all too common. The reason the basement toilet is backing up is that the basement toilet is the lowest downstream fixture in your home next to the floor drain. When a sewer drain starts to back up, the first place you’ll see it is the first place it can exit the sewer. Because the toilet flange is flush with the floor, the sewer pipe fills up and naturally blocks the toilet and does not allow water to flow down. Many times, the sewage will start to come out of the bottom of the toilet base. You can try flushing the toilet and rent or buy an auger and release the blockage yourself. Most plumbing companies charge between $150 and $250 to drill a sewer drain, depending on the plumbing company.Keep in mind that sewer problems can vary widely and can be very costly depending on the situation and the damage to the sewer line. It is always recommended that you hire a plumber to do a sewer inspection for you and provide education on your sewer outflow. Seeing the problem for yourself gives you a better understanding of the situation and what is involved in repairing the sewer.
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