“Will My Toilet Clear Itself?”

Have you ever had a plumbing problem, called a plumber, then when the plumber arrived the problem had fixed itself?

That happens more than you might think.

One common problem that seems to “fix itself” the most is the toilet being stopped up. The toilet stopping up has happened to a lot of us at one time or the other.

When the toilet is initially flushed, the solid materials may become lodged in the toilet piping called the “S” trap. The toilet bowl then fills up and almost overflows. You frantically plunge into the toilet trying to clear it but nothing happens.

So you finally give in and call the plumber. When he gets there he flushes it to test it and it is all of the sudden flushing fines.


The reason is simple. The solids initially flushed get stuck in the toilet pipe. When you try to plunge the toilet, it doesn’t move because the solids are too hard. But as the water sits there for several hours it softens the hard materials and all of a sudden it is soft enough to go down the drain.

So next time the toilet stops up, you can give it an hour or two and see if it plunges free then. If not, you’ll probably have to call the plumber.

As a parting piece of advice, if the toilet stops up all the time, it probably has a foreign object in it, or it’s time to replace the toilet.

Did you enjoy today’s blog written by Next Level Plumbing’s owner and a master plumber? If you did, go ahead and check out these other blogs written by Byron!

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