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Why Is My Toilet Backing Up or Overflowing?

Having a persistently clogged toilet or a toilet that overflows frequently can be a big problem. You don’t just have to clean up after the water that overflows. You also have to sanitize your bathroom since it is toilet water. It’s a problem that no one wants to deal with, but unfortunately, clogged toilets are common.

When you have a toilet that is backing up or overflowing, you need a plumber in Sherman, TX. Our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about the reasons for persistent toilet backups and the tank overfilling. Sometimes there are ways that you can tackle these problems yourself, other times you need to give our team a call for professional service.

Clogs and Blockages

The most obvious reason for backups in your toilet include clogs and blockages. Something may have been flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t have, and now it is blocking water flow. This is especially common when you have young children in the home. Clogs and blockages can happen in the plumbing parts that are up closer to your toilets, or the ones that are deeper in the system. 

No matter where a clog is, it can have a negative impact on how your toilet operates. It’s never fun to have to guess whether your toilet will overflow or not when you flush it. If a problem is persistent in that you’re having repeated issues no matter how many times you think you find a solution, it may be time to schedule a professional service.

If typical plumbing techniques like plunging don’t work, you may be tempted to use drain cleaners and other chemicals to break up a tough clog. We would like to advise you against this. On the drain cleaning bottles, there is a warning against using them in your toilets. But unless you read the fine print, you may not realize this. You just want your toilets to work. However, these chemicals are incredibly harmful to your toilet and your plumbing system. If a clog is that bad, give our team a call. 

Vent Pipe

In addition to all of the associated water connections, your toilet also has a vent pipe that allows airflow as part of the flushing process. If this vent pipe is blocked and your toilet doesn’t have adequate airflow, it may lead to overflows. If you suspect that this is a problem, give our team a call to schedule service sooner rather than later.

Filler Float

Sometimes overflows don’t happen from the bottom of your toilet, but instead happen from the tank itself. If your tank is overfilling and leaking out, there’s a good chance that the filler float is set too high. The filler float is a contraption that helps control how much water fills up the tank. 

It should be just enough to flush your toilet when needed. The filler float can be adjusted higher or lower based on your needs. But if the filler float is too high, it may not stop water from continuing to fill up the tank even after it is full. As a result, water ends up overflowing out of your tank and onto the floor.

Get it done right… Right now! The team at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your home needs – including toilet issues like overflows and clogs.

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