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Preventing and Dealing with Choked Toilet Bowls: A Guide for Homeowners

Have you ever experienced the frustration of a clogged toilet? Or have you heard the panicked cries for help from a friend or family member who was dealing with a choked toilet bowl? Choked toilets are a common problem for many homeowners, especially those living in condos where multiple people are using the same plumbing system. It’s an unpleasant situation that can lead to water damage, sewage backup, and unsanitary living conditions. However, with the right knowledge and preventative measures, you can avoid this problem and keep your bathroom functioning properly

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Debris seen from unclogging the pipe

A choked toilet bowl can be a common and unpleasant problem for many homeowners, especially in a condo setting where multiple people are using the same plumbing system. A choked toilet bowl can occur for various reasons, and understanding the symptoms, causes, and preventative measures can help you avoid this situation.

Causes of Choked Toilet Bowl:

  1. Flushing non-degradable items such as baby wipes, sanitary napkins, and paper towels.
  2. Excessive build-up of hair, grease, and other materials in the pipes.
  3. An object that has accidentally fallen into the toilet, such as a toy.
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A lot of hair can be seen near the blue brush

Symptons of Choked Toilet Bowl:

  1. Slow draining water in the toilet bowl.
  2. A gurgling sound coming from the toilet.
  3. Water rising in the bowl or overflowing.
  4. Foul odour coming from the toilet.

Steps you can take to prevent a choked toilet bowl:

  1. Avoid flushing non-degradable items down the toilet.
  2. Use a plumbing snake or drain cleaner on a regular basis to clear out any buildup in the pipes.
  3. Install a drain strainer in the toilet to catch hair and other debris before it goes down the drain.
  4. Consider having a plumber inspect and clean the sewer line to remove any clogs.
  5. Teach your tenants the proper way to use the toilet, including what items should and shouldn’t be flushed.

 

By following these preventative measures, you can help reduce the risk of a choked toilet bowl in your condo and ensure that your tenants have a clean and functional bathroom.

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5 Simple Steps to Try at Home when you encounter a choked toilet bowl

When you encounter a choked toilet, there are several steps you can take to try and resolve the issue:

  1. Don’t flush the toilet again. This will only make the clog worse and can cause the water in the bowl to overflow.
  2. Use a plunger. Plungers are a simple and effective tool for removing many types of clogs. Place the plunger over the drain and push it up and down rapidly to create suction that can break up and remove the clog.
  3. Try using a plumbing snake. If the plunger doesn’t work, a plumbing snake can be used to clear the clog. Insert the snake into the drain and turn the handle to feed it further into the pipes. When you feel resistance, twist the snake to break up the clog and then pull it out.
  4. Use hot water and dish soap. Boil a pot of water and pour it into the toilet bowl, followed by a cup of dish soap. Wait a few minutes and then use a plunger to try and remove the clog.
  5. Call a professional plumber. If none of these methods work, it may be time to call in a professional plumber who has the experience and tools to remove the clog and fix any underlying plumbing issues.

It’s important to always be cautious when attempting to unclog a toilet, as you can cause further damage to the plumbing or injury to yourself. If you’re unsure about your ability to safely unclog the toilet, it’s best to call in a professional.

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In summary

In conclusion, a choked toilet bowl can be a frustrating and unpleasant problem for homeowners. Understanding the symptoms, causes, and preventative measures can help you avoid this situation. If you do encounter a clogged toilet, there are several steps you can take, such as using a plunger or a plumbing snake, to try and resolve the issue. However, if these methods don’t work, it’s best to call in a professional plumber who has the experience and tools to remove the clog and fix any underlying plumbing issues. By taking the necessary precautions and following these steps, you can keep your bathroom functioning properly and avoid the stress and mess of a choked toilet bowl.

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