We use our bathrooms every day, so when you have a clog in your bathroom whether it be your toilet, sink(s) bathtub or shower drain, you need help fast. Typically most of these clogs are from hair and soap scum buildup, but sometimes this could be a bigger problem. If you have a clog you can’t get cleared at any drain in your bathroom, turn to TLC’s 24 Hour Drain Response Team. TLC’s team of drain experts can respond to a drain emergency quickly. Whether it’s an isolated issue or a problem with your main line, TLC is experienced to handle even the toughest clogs and backups.
Common Bathroom Drain Clogs
A clog in your bathroom can be an isolated issue or a bigger problem, depending on the type of problems you’re experiencing with your drains.
Clogged Toilet Removal
When you’ve tried everything to clear a clogged toilet, it’s time to call a professional. There are several things that can cause a toilet clog, most commonly it is a foreign object like a toy. Other symptoms of a problem with your toilet include gurgling noises and when your toilet is slow to flush. These may be signs of a main sewer line clog. However, TLC is equipped to respond to any type of problem with your toilet.
Isolated Toilet Clog
Isolated clogs are when you only have a problem at a single drain. In this instance, if the toilet cannot be cleared on your own a professional will use a drain machine to clear the drain line. They will pull the toilet to access the drain underneath the toilet to clear the drain. A drain professional will have a stronger drain cleaning machine than an auger or snake to clear those difficult clogs.
Multiple Drain Problems
When you have a backup in your main sewer line your toilet is typically involved. This may be that your toilet is making gurgling noises or very slow to drain. An obvious indicator of a backup like this is when you flush your toilet another drain backs up. In this instance, a plumber will clear the main line at the drain cleanouts. If you don’t have cleanouts they will have to access the backup from the roof vent or pull up the toilet to access the mainline.
Our plumbers respond to a lot of bathroom sink clogs. Hair is usually the culprit in these situations, but these tough clogs are able to be cleared at the sink itself. It is a good idea if you have frequent backups or slow drains in your bathrooms to use an enzyme drain cleaner on a regular basis to keep your drains free from gunky buildup and can help if you have odors in your sinks.
Bathtub clogs fall into 2 categories like toilet clogs. They can either be an isolated issue usually associated with hair and soap scum buildup or associated with a mainline sewer backup. Again, if you have multiple drain issues in your home at once then you likely have a sewer main backup. If you have issues where water is coming up into your bathtub when you use another drain this is likely the issue. A professional plumber will be able to address either of these issues you are experiencing with a drain cleaning machine.
Clogged shower drains are addressed the same way as bathtub clogs. Even if you have a tiled drain at the bottom like this photo, a professional will be able to remove the drain cover and clear the blockage.