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Identifying A Clogged Toilet Drain

A toilet that won't flush or drain is an unpleasantry in life that nobody wants to deal with. To take care of it quickly, you'll have to figure out what the source of the issue is. Most commonly, toilet troubles occur are in the drain.

Why Do Toilet Drains Clog?

Toilet drains typically clog because something's caught inside it. Things that often get caught include waste, excess toilet paper, sanitary napkins, or foreign items that shouldn't be flushed in a toilet.

How to check for a clogged drain

  • If the water level isn't too high, try flushing your toilet. Is it draining slowly or not draining at all? If the water is going down, you may only have a partial clog. If the water doesn't drain at all, it's completely blocked.

    CAUTION: If the water is overflowing or close to overflowing, don't flush again. This will only result in water spilling onto the floor.

  • If you have more than one toilet in your home, try flushing at least one of the other toilets. Are they clogged too? If there's more than one that won't flush, it could be a clog in the sewer line.

What To Do If Your Toilet Drain Is Clogged?

If you're up for it, you can attempt to clear the clog yourself using a plunger or a toilet auger. Once the item blocking the drain is removed, your toilet should flush as normal.

Didn't work? If the toilet drain is still clogged, you could be dealing with something more complex that requires a plumber's assistance. You can reach out to our Remote Assist expert for a virtual diagnosis.

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