You Clogged Someone Else’s Toilet. Now What?
This is a plumbing nightmare of a different kind. When you’re a guest in someone’s home and you clog the toilet, what do you do? Although you might want to escape through the bathroom window that’s not the best way to handle the situation. So what do you do? Check out these tips when you clog someone else’s bathroom plumbing.
Turn Off the Water
Nothing makes the situation worse than when the toilet overflows. Instead of staring at the water rising, take action. Find the shut-off valve for the water supply line and turn the water off. This water valve is located behind the toilet attached to the wall. Turn it off clockwise to stop the water.
Don’t Continue to Flush
When you’re in a desperate situation like this, it’s normal to want to keep flushing and hoping this makes the problem go away. Unfortunately, it only makes it worse. Continuing to flush means increasing the chances of the toilet water overflowing.
Look for a Plunger
Hopefully, your host has a plunger in the bathroom for just this situation. Once you locate the plunger, try to dislodge the clog. Gently put the plunger into the toilet against the drain. Don’t plunge like crazy. You’ll end up splashing water out of the bowl and create a bigger mess. Instead, move the up and down against the drain using short, quick movements. Do this for about 10-15 seconds to create a suction. Remove the plunger. Did the water go down? If so, great! If the toilet is still clogged, repeat this movement.
Time to Surrender
Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to unclog the toilet. In cases like this, it’s time to find the host and fess up. It might not be your fault at all. Your host might have an ongoing drain issue that needs attention.
What to Do When You’re the Host?
Now, let’s look at this situation differently. If you’re hosting a get-together with friends or family, you want everyone to be comfortable. One way to do this is to ensure your drains are in good condition to prevent an embarrassing situation like the one mentioned above. Here are ways you can do this:
- Make sure you have a plunger available in the bathroom for guests to use.
- If you have a toilet causing problems, don’t let guests use that bathroom.
- Take out the trash before guests arrive and have an empty trash can in the bathroom for your guests to throw away things like feminine hygiene products, etc.
The best way to ensure your home’s plumbing is ready for a party is to make sure your drains and sewer pipes are free of debris and other problems. Regular drain cleaning service and annual sewer line inspection services keep your residential plumbing working well 24/7. Hiring a plumber to put a camera down the line allows you to stay ahead of problems like cracked pipes and tree root intrusion. These problems not only cause clogged drains, but more serious problems such as sewer leaks.
Has it been a while since you’ve had drain cleaning service? Annual drain cleaning allows you to use your plumbing worry-free, and it makes your guests more comfortable. It’s also one of the least expensive plumbing services. So, why not do yourself and your home’s plumbing favor? Contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter in Los Angeles for drain and sewer cleaning services. We’re available 24/7 and offer affordable plumbing services throughout Southern California. Call now to schedule your drain cleaning service!