What NOT to Do During a Toilet Backup

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When you’re facing a toilet backup in your own home, it can be difficult to remain calm. You might be tempted to try every DIY fix you’ve ever read about on the internet, but a lot of these alleged “solutions” can actually make a toilet backup worse.

What NOT to Do During a Toilet Backup

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a toilet backup, our team here at A&B Septic Services, Inc. wanted to share some key things that you should absolutely avoid in order to prevent the problem from causing more damage. Here are our top tips:

  • Don’t keep flushing. Many people instinctively try to repeatedly flush the toilet in an effort to clear the blockage, but this only adds more water to an already overflowing toilet.
  • Don’t pour in chemical drain cleaners. Many kinds of store-bought drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can damage your plumbing system.
  • Don’t pour hot or boiling water into the toilet. You may have heard that boiling water can help break up a tough clog, but it can also cause your toilet to crack or break the wax ring seal. The last thing you want during a toilet backup is for your toilet to completely fall apart!
  • Don’t try to take your toilet apart. Some people will try anything to fix a toilet backup, including disassembling their entire toilet. However, unless you’re an experienced plumber, this can often cause more damage and an even messier situation.
  • Don’t wait to call a plumber. The longer you wait to contact a professional, the more inconvenient and damaging the situation will become. A professional plumber will be able to quickly resolve the issue and give you the information you need to prevent similar things from happening again in the future.