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A Flooded Toilet May Be a Sewage Issue

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Clogged pipes can occur for a variety of reasons, including using too much toilet paper or flushing improper materials.

A Flooded Toilet Could Indicate A Sewage Problem.

Water has a sneaky way of impacting your commercial property in Fall City, WA. One common issue is a toilet that has flooded. While sometimes the issue is easy to determine, that may not be the case when there is underlying sewer damage.

Causes of a Flooded Toilet

There are three main causes of a toilet backup and flood:

  • Clogged Pipes: From too much toilet paper to inappropriate materials being flushed, clogs are very common. An aging toilet is also prone to more issues. Oftentimes, a clog is easy to fix without too many complications or excessive water damage. During any cleanup, it is important to remember that the water may contain contaminants, so it is necessary to take extra safety precautions.
  • Blocked Vents: The plumping system in your property is a complex one. The plumbing fixtures have vertical pipes that connect to a plumbing vent. This enables air to re-enter the pipes after the air has been released during flushing. Oftentimes, the outlet is on the exterior of the property. Leaves and other debris may work their way in and create an unwanted blockage.
  • Sewage Issues: Everything naturally flows to the main sewer line. From tree roots to flushing materials prone to clogging, it may lead to sewer damage. When that happens, whatever is being flushed starts to come up instead of going down. In some cases, there may be an issue further down the city’s line that is causing the overflowing.

Consider Calling a Sewage Company

Although every situation is different, anytime there is excess water on the property it is recommended to contact a water mitigation professional to ensure that the damage doesn’t spread and is properly cleaned. Along with the know-how to help determine the problem, a team of certified professionals will be able to address all aspects of the damage and have the proper industrial-grade tools to return the property back to “Like it never even happened.”

While a toilet issue may be common, the underlying culprit may be sewer damage. When that happens, extra care is required to repair the problem and water damage caused.

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