Toilet Overflowing in Austin, TX

Could be larger problem if connected to septic system

This customer called because the toilet in her building was overflowing. She pointed out that the building connects to a septic system, not a sewer, which means that an overflow could be the sign of a larger problem with the septic tank.

Try ruling out these possible reasons for an overflowing toilet first before worrying about a potential problem with your tank.

  1. Clogged toilet: If the pipes are clogged, the waste material has no where to go. Even if you have a septic tank, you’ll need to remove the clog from the toilet’s drain line – either with a plunger or a plumber’s snake.
  2. Vent pipe obstructions: Toilets and other plumbing fixtures rely on the vent pipes to keep the drainpipes working smoothly. If the vent pipes are not working properly, waste water will back up into the plumbing fixtures. You can attempt to fix this by climbing on the roof and removing any obstructions in the pipes.
  3. Sewer line blockage: The sewer line connects all of the drainpipes in the house to the septic tank. If there’s a clog there, waste water just keeps backing up into the drain lines, eventually making it all the way to your toilets.
  4. Full septic tank: If you don’t have your septic tank emptied every so often, this is likely a reason for the overflow.

If you need help stopping the overflowing toilet, or you believe you may have a problem with your septic tank, call Radiant Plumbing today.