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Blocked Toilet: When to Call a Professional

When to call for expert help with your plumbing

A blocked toilet can be a quick fix or it can turn into a plumbing emergency. We’ve all experienced the annoyance of a blocked toilet, and if you’re at home with a house full of people you want to fix the issue as quickly as possible. While fixing a clogged toilet might seem like a simple task, there are circumstances in which we recommend putting down the plunger and calling a professional, who can identify and fix the issue before it causes any more damage.

Call a plumber if:

  • The plunger isn’t unclogging your toilet. This may seem obvious, but sometimes people start taking apart their toilets when plunging a blocked toilet doesn’t work. We never recommend DIY plumbing work unless you’re a professional, so for stubborn clogs, call a plumber you trust.
  • Items that don’t belong in a toilet accidentally get flushed. People with kids have probably encountered this situation one too many times, and whether it’s a toy, a piece of clothing, or something else, foreign objects can easily cause major clogs and they can also damage your sewer septic lines if they actually get flushed. 
  • You smell unpleasant odors coming from in or around your toilet. When there are small cracks or leaks within your plumbing, you’ll often smell the problem before you’re ever able to see it. Cracks and leaks cause staining, mold growth, higher water bills, and other damage to your plumbing system. So if you smell something you think is unusual, call a pro.
  • Your toilet won’t stop running. While perhaps not a sign of a clog, a running toilet is a common problem, and whether it’s just a little trickle or a heavier stream of water, this wastes water and costs you money. Call a plumber who can identify and fix the problem. 

Advice from an expert plumbing wholesaler 

Keeping your toilets working properly is a vital component of an overall healthy plumbing system. Your plumbing system, just like everything else, requires regular cleaning and maintenance in order to keep it in top condition. For those of us who are industry professionals, we’ve seen the damage done by DIY plumbing projects gone wrong, which is why we recommend calling a professional when your toilet is blocked and you can’t fix the stubborn clog. 

For more information about wholesale plumbing supplies or if you have any questions, please contact Crosstown Plumbing today. We’re proud to be the preferred plumbing supply company for so many industry professionals in New Jersey, and our team is standing by and ready to help. We look forward to hearing from you.

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