When a toilet backs up into the house it is a disaster that can cause countless problems. The smell of raw sewage coming back into the house is an awful and offensive smell that can linger for a long time. If your toilet has backed up then here is a step by step guide on how to deal with the problem.
For the following job you will need the following items
- A plunger
- Rags to clean up spillage
- Bathroom cleaning supplies
- A Pair of rubber gloves
Start by putting on a pair of rubber gloves before you handle any sewage waste. You do not want to get raw sewage on your hands or have it come into contact with your skin. If it doesn't come into contact with you then you need to immediately wash the area of skin that the sewage touched with soap and water.
1. After putting on gloves take the plunger and gently try plunge the remaining air down the bowl. Thrusting too hard with the plunger could potentially force the water to hit the obstruction and send it shooting back at you.
2. Once the air is removed from the water you can plunge a little bit harder and apply more pressure to try and dislodge the obstruction. You should plunge in an up and down motion, multiple times, to try and force the water to break through the obstruction.
3. Make sure there is enough water inside the bowl to cover the plunger and repeat the up and down motion with the plunger in quick succession. This will vary the degrees of pressure and attack the obstruction from multiple angles to loosen it.
4. Once the obstruction has broken up you should the water go down inside the bowl. When there is very little or almost no water inside the bowl, then you can attempt to flush the toilet to test to make sure that it is functioning properly.
5. Once the toilet has returned to working order, take the rags and clean up any spillage on the floor and the bowl. Then proceed to cleaning the entire bathroom with the cleaning supplies to complete the job.
If the following steps outlined above do not fix your toilet, then you should call in a professional plumber to try and solve the problem. A plumber will be able to snake the inside of your toilet with their industrial grade tools to clear out any blockage without damaging the bowl itself. To learn more, contact a company like Biard & Crockett Plumbing.