Homeowners often face the unfortunate circumstances caused by an overflowing toilet. When this happens, you must take action right away and remove or dry up the water as fast as possible to try and avoid the potential damage to your bathroom flooring, cabinetry and baseboard.
While excessive bathroom tissue or foreign objects being inadvertently flushed down the toilet, a majority of the time cause the problem, sometimes the cause can be a severe one that is hidden within the sewage line.
Here are a few common causes of a toilet overflow.
A Restricted Sewage Line
A restriction in the pipe will affect its ability to handle the amount of wastewater for which it was designed. When this happens, the amount of wastewater going through the pipe is lowered drastically, which can cause a toilet backup. If not taken care of, the restriction will act as a catchall, trapping debris and growing bigger as time passes until it get fully blocked.
An Obstructed Sewage Line
Most experienced and knowledgable plumbers will tell you that generally an obstruction within the sewer line will render the pipe as useless as wastewater and solids won’t be able to pass. Once the length of pipe fills with wastewater, you could experience a toilet overflow or slow drains. As a result, flushing a toilet under these circumstances can cause a back up as the rushing toilet water is pushed back towards the fixture because of the blockage.
A Collapsed or Damaged Sewage Line
A collapsed or damaged sewage line will experience a lot less flow then what you are used to or a complete blockage depending on the severity of the collapse. Most of the time, your local Long Beach Plumber must replace the damaged section to properly restore service.
Tree Root Invasion
A problem that often happens with older sewage lines — Orangeburg Pipe, clay or cast iron pipe—systems is tree root invasion. As time passes and the material gets older, the seams that connect the sections of sewage pipe will fail, allowing roots to penetrate the sewage line. Trees, shrubs and other foliage organically seek out water and are quick to take advantage of a compromised sewage line. Although your Local Long Beach Plumber can buy you some time and restore service by clearing the line with a snake and cutting auger, the roots will eventually return.
If you are experiencing an uncommon high volume of toilet overflows, it is recommend that you must contact your local Long Beach Plumbing Company right away. An experienced plumber can help identify the cause and attack the problem at its source, often with a simple drain cleaning or snaking. Do take into account that sewage line problems will not fix themselves and can often lead to more home repairs when not taken care of in a timely manner.