Clogged toilets are hardly an uncommon occurrence for homeowners. While it’s true they are annoying and inconvenient, the average homeowner is usually able to handle the problem himself. However, there are a few times when a stubborn clog warrants a call to a professional plumber, and today your friends at Quality Plumbing and Heating Inc. are discussing them.

When a Toilet Clog Needs a Professional

1. Plunging Isn’t Working

Typically, a little plunging and a can-do attitude will take care of a toilet clog in a snap. However, if the drain is severely clogged, a plunger might not be strong enough to clear the drain. Plus, if you are too aggressive with the plunger, you can damage the wax ring at the base of the toilet and cause a flood. Sometimes, when plunging fails, a homeowner will rent a drain auger from a hardware store. However, this method can be messy and can cause damage to the drain if not done correctly.

2. Something Got Flushed

Nothing should ever be flushed down your toilet except waste products and toilet paper. However, if you have kids, you know that accidents can happen very quickly. If a foreign object such as a toy gets flushed, the object can lodge in the drain and cause the toilet to back up and over flow. Even if it seems like the object went down the drain with no problem, the object may still be lodged, and will cause problems eventually. If something gets flushed, it’s imperative to call a professional to prevent major plumbing issues and damage.

3. It Stinks

Finally, if you toilet is emitting a foul, persistent odor, you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Several toilet issues can allow sewer gas to escape into your home, creating a foul and dangerous odor. You may have a partially clogged drain, a cracked and leaking bowl, or a variety of other issues. Regardless of the issue, prolonged exposure to sewer gas can be harmful, so it’s important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.

Don’t let a stubborn toilet clog cause you to panic. Call the experts at Quality Plumbing & Heating for our thorough sewer line cleaning services. Since 1968, our licensed plumbers have been providing top-notch sewer drain repairs to residents in Kokomo, IN, and beyond. Request service online today or contact us at (765) 450-4008.