Toilet Repair & Installation

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Clogged Toilet

The team at GM Plumbing is ready to assist you with any clogged toilet problems, as well as general toilet repair and installation.

Causes of a Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is one of the most embarrassing plumbing problems, but also one of the easiest to solve, if you use the right tools and methods. Call us if you need a plumber to fix a broken toilet.

The number one cause of clogged toilets is items being flushed down the toilet that don’t belong there. The pipes attached to toilets are actually quite narrow, only a few inches in diameter, so large items will cause immediate blockages.

Diapers and tampons are common culprits; these belong in the trash, not flushed down the toilet. Toys are another menace; parents with small children often discover their kids playing with the toilet as if it were a water ride for their dolls and action figures. If one of them slips down the drain, the result is an unhappy kid and a likely blockage. Wads of toilet paper can also clump and cause clogs. Even though toilet paper is meant to dissolve in water, if a wad is too large, it will block water flow completely. Moderate your toilet paper use to prevent clogs.

If water starts coming out of other drains when you flush the toilet, such as showers and sinks, then call a professional plumber immediately. This means that the problem is in your main line, which you won’t be able to reach with household tools.

Methods for Unclogging a Toilet

The first step for dealing with a clogged toilet is damage control. If the toilet bowl keeps filling up without draining, shut off the water immediately so it doesn’t overflow and create an even bigger mess. This can be accomplished by turning the valve on the water pipe leading to the toilet, or closing the flapper in the toilet tank.

Once the water level has stabilized, it’s time to wield the plumber’s time-tested tool: the plunger. If available, use a funnel-cup plunger with a bell-like piece on the end, as these provide the best seal with the toilet bowl. Run the plunger under hot water to warm it up; softer rubber helps you get a better seal. Insert it into the toilet bowl and pump up and down. This forces water into the pipes with enough force to hopefully clear the blockage.

If you’re unable to unclog your toilet with this simple method, a professional plumber can try a number of different tactics, including using an auger (also called a drain snake), a metal tube that feeds down the toilet pipe, hooks onto debris, and pulls it out.

Don’t hesitate to call a plumber if there’s a clog you can’t fix. The team at GM Plumbing is experienced at unclogging all kinds of drains, including showers, sinks, and toilets, in the Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles areas. We're experts in toilet repair and fixing toilets with persistent problems such as clogs.

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GM Plumbing Corporation is a full-service residential and commercial plumbing contractor serving Long Beach, CA and surrounding areas.

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