A friendly reminder to not flush disposable wipes, gloves, and PPE down the toilet. Candace Miller has been pleading with residents to avoid causing additional problems in sewer interceptors and with manufacturers to change labeling on disposable wipes. We don’t want mechanisms to fail causing sewer backups or waste to end up in the river. If you need helps with clogs or any plumbing problem, contact Putman & Son’s Plumbing 24/7 hotline (248) 652-0990.
With more people staying and working from home, not surprisingly, there has been an increase in residential plumbing requests. Increase use and abuse on plumbing from family members can cause need for our plumbers. We have especially seen an increase in clogged toilets, as more people are flushing tissues and wipes. The toilet really can only handle toilet paper, so if you are using other items, just toss them in the garbage after use to save yourself the need to call us. Garbage disposals have also received additional abuse with homeowners throwing items down their drains that are meant to be disposed of in the garbage or composted. Putman & Son’s Plumbing knows that toilets back up, garbage disposals break, pipes burst, and sewers clog. We are always here to help you 24/7 if a plumbing need or emergency arises. Contact us for your plumbing problem. We not only will fix it properly but provide white glove service.
We have more calls than ever to assist with clogged toilets and pipes. Why is this happening? More people are working from home creating more wear and tear on home commodes. Plus, people became inventive during the toilet paper shortage. We hear comments from our clients that they have always used flushable wipes and flushed them down the drain without a problem. Why now? Clogs start slowly and build up over a period of time until it becomes a plumbing headache for you. We can help save you money on plumbing problems. Don’t throw anything except toilet paper in your toilet. Everything else should be disposed in the garbage. If you do need help, Putman & Son’s certified plumbers are here to assist. Call us on our 24/7 hotline (248) 652-0990.
Every home needs a functioning toilet. This is one feature that everyone in your household requires. When things go wrong, the bathroom can get very unpleasant very quickly. So what should you do if you have a clogged toilet?
- Stop the Water to Prevent an Overflow
The first thing to do is to stop water from flowing into the bowl to prevent an overflow. This can be done by shutting it off from behind the toilet or by reaching into the tank and closing the flapper.
- Clear Toilet Clogs with a Plunger
Grab your plunger and try to unclog the toilet. The initial push will pump out any air, so keep in mind that you may need to try several times. Don’t push too hard to prevent splashing. Once the plunger has a good seal on the bowl, pump it up and down then break the seal and remove the plunger. Everything should rush down the drain if it worked.
- Try Clearing Clogs with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar can work as a non-toxic drain cleaner and deodorizer. Pour one cup of baking soda into the bowl and wait a few minutes before slowly pouring in two cups of vinegar. You should see bubbles appear. Allow the mixture to work for several more minutes before trying to flush to see if the blockage is clear.
- Use a Snake to Break Through Clogs
A plumbing snake is a common tool that can get through tough clogs. You should use a toilet auger specifically because other varieties can damage porcelain. Insert the head of the snake and turn the handle clockwise to begin. Wind the snake back in if you feel resistance. Repeat until the clog loosens and you can flush it down.
Call a Plumber
If these DIY clogged toilet fixes don’t work, or if you have repeated clogs, you may need to talk to a professional plumber. Contact Putman & Son’s Plumbing today to schedule a visit to find and fix what’s causing toilet backups in your home or business.