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What Can Cause Your Toilet to Overflow?

Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 11:00 am

It goes without saying that no homeowner ever wants to deal with an overflowing toilet. Not only is this very often a messy issue, it is inconvenient and can even be costly should the water travel to other rooms in your home.

In most cases, you can either solve this problem with a plunger to remove an offending clog, or by calling a professional plumber. However, knowing what the common causes of overflowing toilets is can help you too, as you may be able to avoid running into this problem again in the future. No matter what the cause, it’s vital that you call a professional plumber to get to the root of the problem.

Toilet Problems

Sometimes, and overflowing toilet can be caused by a problem with the toilet itself. For example, there might not be enough water in the tank to create the appropriate siphon action within the bowl. Or, the refill tube is not positioned correctly in the overflow tube, causing the bowl not to fill.

Another possible toilet issue is that the trap of the bowl may be calcified and could be catching toilet paper, which causes bowl stoppages. Lastly, the issue can be that the toilet was poorly designed and installed to begin with. Not all toilets are created equal and some run into problems faster than others.

Other Factors

There are also outside factors that can be causing your toilet to overflow. For example if you own an older home, you may have cast iron wastewater pipes that have rusted out or have significant scale and sediment buildup. Another problem might be that tree roots have infiltrated your main line or sewer line in search of eater.

Poor piping is another issue that could cause a toilet to overflow. If there is improper pitch in the pipes connected to your toilet, then paper can build up and cause the toilet to overflow. Your wastewater line could also be too long, with very little fall allowing clogs to form and create a backup.

If your toilet emergency is beyond what you can manage, don’t hesitate to contact Brooks Plumbing Co. for your bathroom plumbing in Lacey, WA

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