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We unclog toilets
Stubborn toilet clogs are one of the least desirable plumbing problems, but every now and then, we have to grab a plunger to take care of the problem. Most toilet clogs stem from too much paper product being flushed at once, or feminine hygiene products being discarded improperly. Often times, plungers do the trick. So what happens when that day comes and the plunger doesn’t make a difference to the cesspool you now have in your bathroom. You could try again, and again, but to no avail. Then there are a host of commercial products designed to break down whatever debris is in the toilet, if it is in fact debris. Solid objects improperly flushed down won’t respond to these chemicals. Sometimes a child has just started using the toilet and has discovered it’s a great place to discard a diaper or a toy. It may sound hilariously cute, but it’s not when the item is so jammed that we have to shut off the water and remove the toilet to dislodge the item.
If you’re sure there is something stuck somewhere down the drain, as a last resort, you might even purchase an auger or other drain snake product to dislodge whatever the item may be. This can be really messy if there is considerable backup or the clog is caused by human waste. Whichever way you decide to handle things if you take matters into your own hands, it’s going to be a messy job, no matter how much you prepare with paper towels, gloves and hand sanitizer. If you don’t mind getting messy, then hey, whatever floats your boat! But it’s important to know that getting into surgical mode with your toilet should be done with caution. Your porcelain pony is a bit sensitive to foreign objects, and if triggered, can backfire with some unpleasant backflow. All joking aside, you could ruin parts of your toilet and drain system by handling challenging toilet clogs on your own, which may cost you astronomically more money in the end.
Another thing to consider is that sometimes, a toilet might not even be clogged at all. If the water level is low, or the toilet is making gurgling noises, then yes, those are signs of clogs. But those symptoms could also be the result of something going on in the tank or other parts of the toilet. Perhaps a valve is turned off partially by accident, or something is caught up in the tank. This is all common sense, but we find that homeowners often jump to conclusions about clogs because they’re something they just want to do away with and forget about.
At Palatine Plumbing, we have seen everything having to do with toilet clogs and other toilet problems. There is certainly no reason to hesitate about calling us when the toilet backs up or acts funny. This is what we do for a living and we are proud of it. We will likely know which of our tools to use right off the bat to be in and out in a jiffy.