Where the Drain Line Clogs

It could happen any given day at any given time, but no time ever seems like the right time for a drain to clog.   A long time plunging later and you’ve reconciled yourself to calling someone out to fix it for you.  So how can you begin to isolate that this is just the toilet and not a major problem you will wind up shelling out thousands of dollars for?

The Local Problem

  • First check that the problem is local to the area you are experiencing – this time it’s the toilet.
  • When you attempt to flush the toilet, do you notice water rising anywhere else in the house?
  • In the same bathroom, does the water drain from the sink or tub faucet?

If the water doesn’t come back to you from anywhere else in the home and the other fixtures seem to be draining properly your issue is likely local to your toilet.  When a plunger won’t cut it, an auger often will.  If you feel uncomfortable using an auger in your toilet (some may seem very tight depending on the type of toilet) a plumber can have this problem worked out for you in no time at all, but that doesn’t equate to a cheap fix.

The Global Problem

  • Your toilet isn’t draining, but water is definitely coming back into the home and it isn’t clean.
  • Multiple drains on the same side of the house or throughout the entire house do not drain.

We hate to be the bearer of bad news but you definitely have a problem that is effecting the global synergy of your home’s waste water delivery system.  There are many reasons that this could be happening however they generally all involve your main sewer line.  Hope for a clog but prepare yourself for the possibility that it could be something worse.  A clog can easily be worked through by a licensed plumber with a jet machine through the sewer line.  Should the plumber be unable to clear the line they will suggest a camera to try to identify the main issues.  Often we find broken lines or roots from neighboring trees.


If you feel you have reached the point of no return with a local or global clog problem, give Chris a call with CTB Plumbing today at (832) 766-1930.