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Toilet overflowing over and over

My toilet overflowed about a month ago. I thought it was a sewage backup because I had sewage all over my carpet. I got it cleaned up. 3 weeks later it overflowed again. I got it cleaned up, pretty much just water that time. It just overflowed again. It was just water again. The 3rd time was just days after the 2nd. I have turned the water off to the toilet. I just put dish soap down it and am letting it set for a little bit to see if anything happens. What is my best way to fix it? Will turning the water off to it help? This toilet hasn't been used in a while.

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You could try using a drain cleaner but if the blockage is due to inappropriate items being flushed down or even tree roots etc (if it is a stand alone house) getting into the sewer pipe, then this won't be of much help. An electric eel which all good plumbers have will be required to unblock it.

If you are renting the premises.

Call the landlord (or agent) and ask if he/she will arrange and pay for the repair. After all it is in their interest as well that 'their' property remains in a good condition. They may say that it is your responsibility but they also just might do it on the understanding that if the problem can be traced to tree roots etc then obviously it is outside of your control and they will pay for it. If it is found however that it was due to disposal of inappropriate items then it would be down to you, unless you can convince them that you do not do that sort of thing. Then they may relent and say that if it happens again it will be down to you. Not all landlords are uncaring regarding their tenants. Ask them nicely, you might be surprised. You have got nothing to lose, at best they will fix it and at worst they will say no, your problem. Then again you know your landlord better than me.

If you own the premises

Then call a plumber. I realize that you say that you cannot afford one but what price good health. You might find one who will do it on an installment payment plan. After all they know where you live.

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@mustang69rox , Lisa, If the toilet is backing up even though you had not flushed it, say you came home and found it had overflowed and know no one had use it, then the blockage will be further up the sewer line and sounds like it is being pushed back up the toilet. There are what they call clean out's at the base of most main stacks/sewer lines and also clean outs/removable caps at the sewer line main where it enters the home sticking out of the concrete floor normally. Some municipalities offer a sewer snaking service, where the towns utility service will come in and use these clean outs to snake out tree roots and other blockages. If the city does not offer the service or you have a septic system, the choices will be to have a plumber or handy man come in and snake out the sewer line or go to the rental center and rent the drain snake yourself(be sure you are instructed by rental on how to use), I find it is better to have 2 people to help load and unload the larger machine 75-150 feet coil machine. Below are some video links that may help. Good luck.

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Seems like a plumbing issue. Call a plumber.

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If it hasn't been used in a while it didn't seem like an important toilet. So just turn the water off and don't use it until a plumber can see it

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