A clogged toilet is a bad experience that no homeowner wants to experience. However, if you somehow managed to clog your toilet overnight, is it safe to leave it till morning before fixing it? It can be inconvenient for you to call a plumber at an ungodly hour. 

Well, you may be able to manage your clogged toilet till the next morning, but sometimes it’s never a good idea. There are some consequences of leaving a clogged toilet for a long period. Although they may not happen, you don’t want to risk them.

Is It Ok To Leave A Toilet Clogged Overnight

If you’ll be calling a plumber a few hours from when it happens then you’re probably safe, but if the problem will stay for as long as 5-12 hours then you’re at risk of suffering some consequences.

Consequences of leaving a clogged toilet overnight 

Below are some consequences of leaving a clogged toilet overnight:

  • Toilet Overflow

It’s possible for a clogged toilet to overflow even if no one used it or flushed it. Sometimes, the toilet leaks a small amount of water into the bowl even when not in use. Usually, this cannot be noticed, but when there’s a clog in the toilet for a long time, the little amount of water tends to overflow. 

When water overflows from a clogged toilet, that water is referred to as black water. This black water is contaminated by whatever caused the clog with bacteria. This water can be very harmful to your health which is why you need to clean the area as well as sanitize it. This implies that a clogged toilet could escalate to something worse overnight.

  • Bacteria and Smells

We’ve probably gotten too comfortable with the fact that as soon as we flush the toilet, the mess goes away. That’s why we don’t realize how bad the odor from the mess can be. A clogged toilet releases a very bad odor and also some bacteria. Due to the stagnant water, the bacteria get the chance to fester and grow. This can be very irritating and harmful to your immediate environment.

  • Unusable Bathroom

With everything mentioned above, it’s clear that you cannot use a clogged toilet unless you fix it. You may be able to find your way around this if you have a second bathroom, but if you don’t, then you’re stuck. If you have only one toilet, then you need to contact a plumber to fix your toilet as soon as possible. 

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A clogged toilet is never a good experience for anyone. Imagine a scenario where you wake up pressed but you’re unable to use the toilet due to clogs. The earlier you notice any clog in your toilet and call a clogged toilet plumber, the better.

At Rite Plumbing, we specialize in clogged toilet repair; you can count on us whenever you experience a clog in your toilet. Our plumbers are always available to respond to your call. 

Contact us today to get a free estimate and learn more about our operations!