Clogged bathtub in St. Petersburg

When you flush your toilet, if water comes up through your shower drain, this mean that you need to call a drain cleaning specialist. This means that your sewer or drain pipe needs draining cleaning or servicing. There is clog in the main artery of your home and the water is coming up in the lowest drain of your home (e.g. bathtub, sink, bottom of toilet).

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Toilet Plumbing Do’s and Dont’s

Serving Pinellas County, FL
by Rooter
Phone: (727) 265-1911

Toilet Plumbing – Do’s and Dont’s

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Dennis Radle, Radle Rooter, Owner & Operator

Here are some general do’s and don’t for toilet plumbing:

  1. Do not use chemicals in your toilet. Chemicals may clear that clogged toilet, but those same chemicals will harm your plumbing and eat away at your toilet seal (wax ring) that is hidden underneath your toilet. It is especially bad to pour chemicals into the tank, this could harm your plumbing seals and make your toilet continuously run or leak. Also, the chemicals are bad for our environment.
  2. NEVER pour grease or any other hardening compounds like drywall compound or wax down the toilet. These chemicals will simply harden within the plumbing lines and restrict water flow until the lines are cleared using a rooter machine.
  3. If you have small children, avoid leaving the lid open as you will be amazed what the plumber or drain professional will pull out the the toilet plumbing. 🙂
  4. If your toilet drain is clogged or your having toilet drain plumbing issues, see the “toilet clogged” information and “how to fix a clogged toilet” on this site.

How to perform toilet repairs


Many toilet issues occur inside the tank which contain the moving parts. Certain repairs are simple enough to do by the home owner.  Other problems may require an experienced professional to come perform the toilet repair.

How does a toilet work?

Side shot of toilet for toilet repair knowledge
Toilet Side Shot

In order to diagnose issues and have a fighting chance to perform toilet repair, you need to have a basic knowledge of how the toilet operates.

1. Pressing the level on the outside of the tank causes the arm with the chain connected (see below) to lift the flapper, which happens to be red in the photo below.


Toilet Flapper
Toilet Flapper, lever and chain

2. The flapper remains lifted to allow water to flow from the tank into the bowl until there is no more water in the tank, then the flapper closes, stopping the water.

3. At the same time water is draining, water flows into the tank from an intake valve that comes through the filler tube.

4. When the flap closes and water begins rising in the tank, the float (a ball looking item), begins to rise and once the float rises to a certain point, the water flow is cut off.

Most common toilet problems:

First off, before any work is performed on a toilet, you should turn the water off at the valve located below the tank.

The tank fills but water continues to run:  Remove the cover and check the float arm.  The ball and float arm could be connected by a collar which allows your to raise and lower the float.  The ball should be about submerged about halfway under water in order to shut off the water.

Tank Doesn’t Fill, Water Still Runs:

This usually indicates that your flapper is stuck in the upright position, allowing water to flow freely into the bowl.  Odds are that something is preventing the flapper from going back into the down position.

Water constantly runs into the toilet bowl:

When the flapper does not make a good seal with the bowl, the water will “trickle” into the bowl and you will hear the toilet routinely making noise.  This is a sign that you need to replace the flapper and seal at the bottom of the bowl.

Water is appearing from the bottom of the toilet at the floor:

This is a sure sign that you need to call someone.  There are wax rings hidden underneath your toilet.  Over time and by use of chemical cleaners in your toilet, these wax rings disintegrate and begin to fail.  Water coming out of the bottom of the toilet is a sure sign that the seal is going to go bad or is already bad.




How to fix a clogged toilet

Do-it-yourself clogged toilet advice from Rooter
Dennis Radle, Owner & Operator

by Rooter
Phone: (727) 265-1911
Serving Pinellas County, FL

How to fix a clogged toilet?

Most clogged toilets can be fixed very easily in minutes by the average homeowner. If you are in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Palm Harbor and unable to unclog your drains, please call and I can come help you with your toilet drain problems. You can accomplish this without the toilet overflowing on to the bathroom floor and making a mess.

This brief article will will show you some simple steps to get your toilet back up and running properly.

Grab that plunger
Using a plunger with the rubber flange pointed outward for the best seal. Push the plunger in and out rigorously while keeping enough water in the bowl to keep the plunger under water. You may want to keep some rags nearby to cleanup any spilled or splashed water.

A flange type plunger
Flange plunger

Nearly all clogged toilets can be fixed by using that special tool called a “plunger.” 🙂 When you purchase a plunger, purchase one that has a flange end and bell shaped top. Consider purchasing an additional plunger for sinks and tub drains too.

A bad flush means that your toilet drain is either slightly or completely plugged. A completely plugged toilet is obvious. The toilet bowl will simply fill with water and may even overflow. Allow the water some time to flow through the toilet drain and then attempt to plunge the toilet.

Most toilets that are clogged simply drain slowly. This allows the water to drain but the waste remains in the toilet bowl. You may also hear a gurgling noise which is an indication of an improperly functioning toilet drain. If you have these problems, grab that plunger.

Plunge your toilet rigoursly with the plunger from 5 to 10 times making sure that you are forcing water in and out of the drain. Make sure there is no air in your plunger. If your plunger has air inside of it, you will not provide enough pressure to free debris from your toilet drain.

Make sure that you have enough water within the bowl to keep the plunger mostly submerged.

Generally the plunger will clear up the clog.

Drain Snake

Drain Snake

If the plunger fails to open your drain, then you might have a more serious blockage. You might be forced to snake out your toilet drain. A snake looks like a long spring with a cork screw type head. The head is larger than the spring wire portion. The idea of the snake is to basically “push” or “grab” the debris and either make it move along to your sewer or pull it back up your drain. Using the snake, you turn the head using the handle at the end of the snake and feed more line down your drain grabbing the spring portion, pulling the wire out of the holder and pushing the wire down the drain. Many small snakes have a thumb screw that you need to losen prior to pulling the snake out of the holder.

Toilet Auger

Toilet Auger

In some cases a snake may not be the best tool to use to clear your toilet clog. A standard snake may scratch the bowl of the toilet since it is metal on porcelean. An auger is designed for toilets and makes the first bend for you and helps prevent scratching. An auger does have limited length as opposed to the standard snake. A snake may reach 20′ or longer. An auger may have a 3′ length. However most toilet clogs are right near the toilet drain.

About the only step left is to remove the toilet from the floor. At this point, you probably want to call someone. If you are located in Pinellas County, FL , please give me a call (727) 265-1911.

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If your toilet is clogged, Radle Rooter will come out and fix your toilet right away. 24 hour service! I have all to proper tools and will service both residential and commericial customers. If your toilet is backed up and you are in Pinellas County, FL, feel free to give me a call 727-265-1911 and I will be happy to speak with you.

Dennis Radle, Owner & Operator

If your toilet is overflowing, toilet is gurgling, toilet drain is clogged or you are unsure why your toilet will not drain at all, call 727-265-1911 and Dennis will come out and repair your toilet issue right away. Many times, the toilet plumbing and drain plumbing some type of blockage that your plunger or home-use snake simply cannot reach or remove. From sewer rodding and hydro jetting to camera inspections, I have all the proper tools to fix your drain issues.

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If you’ve plunged your toilet and still cannot your toilet unclogged or draining properly, then please give me a call. Again, I’m happy to come out and unclog your toilet and my phone number is (727) 265-1911.

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How do I unclog a toilet like a drain expert?

by Dr. Dennis 727-265-1911
Expert in Sewerology

So here’s the story; you finish taking care of business so to speak and flush the toilet. Rather than water going down the the exit, disaster strikes and water rises in the bowl.

Many people laugh at the movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels called “Dumb and Dumber” in the bathroom scene with Jeff Daniels and the broken toilet. Although that is an extreme interpretation and quite evil thanks to laxative abuse, the real deal happens quite frequently.

Here are some words of advice from Dr. Dennis…

Prevent the water from filling up the toilet bowl. If you’re worried that your toilet may become Niagra Falls and dispense water all over your bathroom floor, quickly lift the lid off the back of the toilet, roll up your sleeve and press down on the flapper. The flapper is the device that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl on your toilet.

A good plunger makes all the difference. Now that you’ve stopped the swirrling jacuzzi from generously offering extra water flow, you can concentrate on future problems. First things first, time to get a good plunger. A plunger works best if you have a good seal between the plunger and the exit of the toilet. Plungers that have a flange or an extention off the end of the cup work best.

A flange type plunger
Flange plunger

The correct way to plunge a toilet. The flange plunger is designed to create a good seal between the plunger and the toilet exit hole. It is important to both have a good pushing as well as sucking when plunging. Moving the water in two directions allows the objects to begin flowing. Remove the plunger from the bowl (you can leave the plunger in the bowl, but allow water to exit) and flush the toilet again. If the water leaves the bowl, then a congratulations is in order, you’ve done your job correctly! If water begins to fill the bowl, close the flapper again and repeat the plunging.

Toilet augers are useful for those really really difficult clogs. A toilet auger is a snake like device that goes around corners and pushes and/or breaks up…well…stuff.

Toilet Auger

Using an auger is fairly simple. Just stick the snake down the hole and start cranking the auger. Hopefully the auger will simply allow the object(s) to make their way down the drain. If you feel like you’ve caught the critter, you know, the action figure, the race car, the part of the doll that has been missing for days, the cell phone that your child has misplaced, then simply reel it up and dispose of properly.

Call your drain expert or plumber. When all else has failed, call your drain expert. If you’re located in St. Pete, Clearwater or anywhere in Pinellas county, FL, Dr. Dennis (727-265-1911) (a self-appointed doctor of sewerology) can likely come out within the hour and clear those difficult drain problems. Tree roots or other debris do not stand a chance against me. I can come help you with your drain issue and have a good sense of humor. I’m polite, enjoy helping people and can solve issues that others simply cannot. One-call, one-guy, one-van and your drain clog is gone! Call the best!

Can I use Liquid Plumber to remove the clog in my toilet?

You should not use Liquid Plumber in your toilet to remove toilet clogs.  While liquid plumber might be able to dissolve hair, it will not dissolve waste.  Liquid plumber will also likely eat through your wax ring under your toilet, which will cause your toilet to leak.

Testing your toilet for leaks

Before you get that outrageous water bill, you should make sure your toilet is not leaking.  It is not uncommon that your toilet could run your water bill hundreds of dollars more than you are paying now.

Many toilets leak without obvious signs.  Here are a few tips you can use to see if your toilet is leaking:

  • If your toilet is not in use and it is making sounds, that is almost a sure sign of a toilet leak.
  • If you have to jiggle the handle to make the toilet stop running.
  • If you see water running trickling in the bowl when the toilet is not in use, that is an obvious leak.