5 DIY Solutions to Try Before Calling the Plumber

When you have a clogged toilet it is easy to get worried and call a plumber immediately. While a plumber is the most qualified person to fix a serious issue with your toilet or sink, there are a few things you should try first in order to be sure that it is not just a simple clog that can be remedied quickly.

1. Stop Flushing the Toilet

People have a tendency to jiggle the handle or try to flush their toilet over and over when water is going down slowly or will not go down at all. This can make the problem worse by letting water fill up in your toilet, which can make the clog worse and cleanup messier later.

2. Turn off the Water

If your toilet is clogged and you do not have time to try to fix the clog, turn the water off so that another member of your household will not accidentally flush it and cause the toilet to overflow. If the toilet is already overflowing or the water level is high, turn the water off so that you do not end up having to clean overflowed water from your bathroom floor.

3. Find the Root Cause

Most often the cause of a toilet clog is just the result of a buildup of toilet paper or waste, but we have seen everything from kids’ toys to cell phones to dog chew toys clogging toilets. Ask your family members if they are aware of anything else that could have caused the clog. If there is something other than paper stuck in your toilet, it is important to call a plumber to have it removed so that you do not damage your toilet.

4. Plunge the Toilet

Plunging the toilet is the most common way to try to clear the clog because it is the most effective. Plungers use suction to push and pull water through the neck of your toilet where many clogs occur. If your plunging does not work, you may need to try a toilet auger.

5. Use a Toilet Auger

For high-efficiency, low-flow toilets or elongated toilets, regular plungers may be ineffective. Toilet augers (also known as “toilet snakes”) are more effective for these types of toilets. If you do not own a toilet auger or do not know how to use one, you can scratch or crack your toilet so it is best to bring in a professional.

If these tricks did not work, you may have a more serious issue, one that will require a sewer inspection camera to diagnose. If you are looking for the right Pittsburgh plumbing services to fix your toilet, look no further than the sewer and drain experts at Mister Sewer. Before you dig, call Mister Sewer! Using our state-of-the-art sewer inspection camera, a plumber from Mister Sewer can help to determine the cause of your clogged toilet or drain. Avoid the hit-and-miss guessing game of clogged drains, call Mister Sewer today!

3 Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

If you own your own home, one of the many repairs you must keep on your radar, is sewer repair and maintenance. There once was a time that repairing your sewer required a costly and invasive process, but with trenchless sewer line repair—that is no longer the case.

What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

Trenchless sewer line repair is an alternative to traditional sewer repair and entirely replacing your underground sewer lines. Instead of excavating the entire line, two smaller holes are excavated at each end of the line. Then a new, permanent pipe made from epoxy relining material is inserted inside your existing pipes—creating a seamless internal pipe. This is all accomplished without the need to dig up a large section of your yard.

What Are The Benefits Of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

The advantages of trenchless sewer line repairs over a traditional sewer repair are many, just a few of which are listed below:

1. Saves You Time And Money

By eliminating the need to dig up your lawn, garden, trees, retaining walls, driveway, walkways—and any other areas of your exterior—you will save both time and money.

The overall job will be completed in less time, you will not need to invest time or money in replacing and repairing the damages done to the exterior of your home—and in most cases the overall number of labor hours is drastically reduced.

2. Less Intrusive

Not only is digging up your yard an unpleasant eyesore, but during the lengthy process of a traditional sewer repair, you are left without plumbing for an extended period of time. However with trenchless sewer line repair, less time is spent performing the sewer repair—meaning the less time you spend without your plumbing.

On top of that, a trenchless line repair reduces or eliminates the need of accessing the interior of your home during the sewer repair.

3. An Environmentally Friendly Alternative

A traditional sewer repair, calls for the removal or destruction of perfectly sound elements of your exterior home and yard—and much of the items removed or destroyed cannot be salvaged. For example, a walkway that has been dug up will likely end up in a land fill, or a large tree that runs along the sewer line will like need to be dug up from the roots—making replanting unlikely.

These are just a few of the benefits of selecting a trenchless sewer line repair. To preserve your sewer lines, leave all sewer repair issues in the hands of plumbing and sewer professionals.

The professionals at Mister Sewer conduct thorough inspection and offer a trenchless, low impact, sewer repair that can quickly correct any sewer troubles. Contact Mister Sewer today and determine the best solution to your sewer troubles.

4 Signs of Sewer Backup

Before you experience a full sewer backup, there are a few indicators that it may be time for a through sewer cleaning or a trenchless sewer line replacement. If you know what to look for, you can save yourself time, stress, and money. Below are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for.

When More Than One Drain Is Clogged

It is not unusual for your drains to get clogged from time to time, but if more than one drain is clogged at the same time—it may be the sign of a bigger problem. This is of particular importance if one of the drains that is clogged is in a drain you rarely use, such as a guest bathroom, workroom sink, or laundry room sink.

Your Water Is Backing Up Into Other Drains

This is something that will be easiest to identify in your bathroom, because it has multiple drains. Water will typically backup in to a lower drain. For example, if your bathroom sink or toilet is backing up into the shower or bathtub—it is a sign that you need either a through sewer cleaning or a trenchless sewer line replacement.

However, keep an eye out for backed up drains in other areas of your home. A common example would if the toilet begins to unexpectedly overflow while you are using your washing machine.


Another great way to identify a sewer backup is the presence of bubbles. Bubbles are caused by trapped air caused from water trying to pass through the clogged area of the drain. To check for bubble, fill your sinks and tubs with a few inches of water—then watch for bubbles while they drain. Also watch your toilet to see if it bubbles after you flush.

Your Toilet Is Not Flushing Properly

One of the most common signs that you have a sewer backup, is that your toilets are not flushing properly. You can of course attempt to plunge your toilet, but if that does not immediately solve the problem—something bigger is likely going on.

As mentioned above, bubbles are a sign of a sewer backup—but keep in mind that it is normal for bubbles to occur directly after plunging.

Sometimes a sewer backup means you will need a trenchless sewer line replacement, but sometimes all you require is a through sewer cleaning. However, the longer you ignore a clog or blockage—the higher the potential for costly damage. Mister Sewer offers a simple, 3-step trenchless sewer line replacement bringing you same day results while saving you time and money. If you are experiencing sewer trouble, contact the professional and courteous technicians at Mister Sewer today.