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Why Your Toilet Overflows When You Shower, and What To Do About It

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom with flooding. If your toilet overflows every time you shower, make sure you take action right away

It's not uncommon for homeowners in Lochbuie, CO, to experience plumbing issues. Many of these problems are minor and take little more than some do-it-yourself ingenuity to fix. However, when the issues are bigger, they may require an expert to do some sewage cleaning. Some people are confused by why their toilet may overflow while they're showering. If this has happened in your home, it's helpful to know the causes and how to overcome it.

An Overview

If you're taking a shower, you certainly don't expect it to cause a toilet overflow. However, it's possible that when you have a clog somewhere in the lines that the toilet will overflow when the shower is running. Here's what happens:

  • Your shower water backs up into the wastewater lines.
  • The water overflows in the first available place.
  • The nearest exit point for the water is the toilet by your shower.

What it Means
Many people have dealt with a toilet clog. You can usually solve this by using a plunger, which will take care of the clogged pipe. However, an overflowing toilet when the shower is running indicates that the clog is much farther down the line, possibly close to the sewer.

What You Can Do
If a plunger or a plumber's snake doesn't do the trick. You'll have to call a professional. A certified sewer cleanup company has the tools, experience, and skill to identify the problem and repair it. The team can also clean up any messes in your home that the overflowing left behind.

What the Pros Do
A technician will inspect your sewer lines and find where the blockage is located. Using special tools and equipment, the technician will handle the sewage cleaning, removing the problem, and repairing the issue.
Leave sewage cleaning to the pros. If your toilet overflows every time you shower, make sure you take action right away and have an expert inspect your sewer line.

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