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Why Is My Toilet Overflowing When I Take a Shower?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

A plumber with a tool called "snake" trying to push out any blockage on a toilet Toilet clogged in Longmont, CO

3 Steps You Should Take To Address A Toilet Overflow

Have you noticed that your toilet overflows whenever you take a shower? This is more than just a minor inconvenience. It is probably evidence of a clogged pipe.
The clog is likely in the pipe connecting the sewer to the toilet. Running the shower causes water to back up into these pipes. Since the clog is blocking the water, the liquid overflows through the first place it can, which is the toilet.
While sewage cleaning can be messy, you may be able to handle it yourself. Here are three steps you should take to address the toilet overflow.

Try Clearing the Clog Through the Toilet

Since the clog is within the pipes, a plunger alone won't clear it. Instead, you need a snake, which is a device that pushes a flexible wire through a drain. You can either put the snake into the toilet itself or into the floor drain.
Once you think you have removed the clog, try running the shower to see whether the toilet still overflows. If there is still a problem, move on to step 2 of the sewage cleaning process.

Run the Snake Through the Drain Cleanout

Next, find the drain cleanout, which is the cap on the main drain. You can probably find it in the crawlspace or basement. Use a pipe wrench to remove the cap and then place the snake in the cleanout.

Call a Professional

If putting the snake in the drain cleanout doesn’t work either, then the clog may be too deep within the pipe for the device to reach. You also may have a clog that requires more manpower to clear.
These issues are too large for you to fix by yourself. Instead, you should contact professionals. No matter what is causing the backup, experts from a sewage cleaning and restoration company can find and fix the source of the problem. They can also repair any damage to your Longmont, CO, home.

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