If you hear strange gurgling noises coming from your toilet, your hair could be the cause. So the next time you clean a hairbrush or comb and go to flush the hair down your toilet, STOP. Even wet hair forms a ball that can clog your toilet plumbing or sewer line, resulting in an emergency call to your plumber. Therefore, it helps to know what woes you may face before that clump of hair leaves your hand.
When should you be concerned?
Gurgling noises coming from your toilet generally are a sign of trouble. The sound usually means that air is escaping back up through your toilet, indicating a blockage in the toilet or somewhere in the plumbing line.
But unless you really know what you're doing, a large ball of hair blocking your toilet may be a job for your plumber. Depending on the size of the clog, the use of a plunger or snake may not be enough to unclog the toilet, and you could end up making the problem worse.
Why should you call a plumber?
There's a chance that a plumber may have to pull up the toilet to remove the clog – a task that can take several hours, not to mention dollars out of your pocket. The plumber will have to turn off the water supply to the toilet to unhook it and may need to unscrew the toilet bowl and remove it from the mounting flange, or base plate, to get to the problem. After removing the clog, your plumber needs to remount and bolt the bowl to the mounting plate and then caulk the toilet base to the floor – jobs that take up more of his or her time.
If a ball of hair gets down into the main sewer line and causes a blockage, you may be looking at even more money to resolve the problem. A clog in the main sewer line generally is a plumbing emergency that often requires a professional plumbing contractor to snake out the sewer line.
Water backing up through other drainpipes in your home is a sign that you may have a more serious problem father down the sewer line. But since the toilet has the biggest drain pipe leading to the sewer drain, you normally experience problems with the toilet first.
How should you dispose of hair?
After you've had a clog removed, take your plumber's advice and don't flush hair down the toilet. Instead, throw it into the trash can or compost it. Composting your hair may save you on plumbing bills and can actually help feed the flowers, shrubs, and other plants growing in your garden or lawn.
You can add your dog's or cat's hair to the compost pile as well. Spread hair out over the compost heap rather than adding clumps of hair to the compost ingredients. As it breaks down, the hair adds nitrogen to the compost, which you will then use to nourish your garden soil.
If you notice any problems with your toilet, contact a plumber at a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.