A Toilet That Won't Flush & a Sewer Smell Inside the Home

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If your toilet won't flush and a sewer smell is inside, it may be a backed up line. Find out what to do about a toilet that won't flush and has a sewer smell inside with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about a toilet that won't flush and a sewer smell in the home. A lot of times what causes this is a backed up sewer line from either toilet paper or something that wasn't supposed to be flushed down the drain, accidentally got flushed down there, like a piece of clothing or feminine products, stuff like that will clog up those drains. For this job, we'll be using a plumbing snake. It's best if you can get it into a vent on your plumbing lines or a clean out, rather than going through the toilet. If that's not an option, you can always go through the toilet to clean out that clog. So what we'll do here is we'll take, pull out the snake line, and shove it through the hole in the base of the toilet. We want to work it on through the trap in the back of the toilet, and you're gonna keep pushing it down through there until it hits a stopping point, which is most likely your clog. After you've reached your clog, you're going to take the line, and push this carrying case as close to the base of the toilet as possible, then you'll lock your line, and begin to spin the snake. What this does is there's teeth on the end of this snake, and it will grab on to whatever's clogging your line, and help move that water around there and push it on down the line. If it doesn't what will happen is it will wrap its way around those teeth, and you'll be able to pull it up through the toilet. After you're done, just pull out on the snake, and push it back into the case. Doing this job yourself can save you a lot of time and money from having to wait on that plumber to get over there and actually do the job for you. Thank you all for watching, and good luck with this project.

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