5 Reasons Why Your Toilet Is Clogged

plumberOne of the most commonly used bathroom fixture is the toilet. Because of that, a blocked commode could result to a frustrated family and unpleasant cleanup. Knowing why your toilet is backed up can assist you in preventing blockages in the future. It will help you keep the plunger stored far away from the bathroom and lessen your calls to your local plumber.

Listed below are five plumbing factors that can lead to a clogged toilet.

Having A First Generation, Low Flow Toilet

Contemporary toilets now use different low flow designs that are meant to help homeowners save water. The earlier models of these toilets lack he needed pressure to clear out the internal trap and drain, making them prone to clogging. Check the back of the toilet and look for a stamped date. In the event  your toilet was manufactured in the mid-1990s, you probably have one of these low flow first generation toilets. When this happens, there is no need to get a replacement right away. You can, in some cases, decrease the possibility of clogs in a low flow toilet by limiting the toilet paper that are flushed down the toilet. However, if these efforts don’t make any difference, you may have to install a more updated toilet.

Flushing Clog Prone Items

The toilet is made to dispose of some materials like toilet tissue as it is made to dissolve in water quickly, so it does not cause any problem. However, paper towels or disposable tissues should not be flushed down the toilet as well as other items like Q-Tips, wet wipes, dental floss, and cotton balls. These materials can restrict drainage and lead to constant toilet backups. Talk to your family members about what is safe to flush and what is not. In case you have younger children, you should keep a list of non-flushable items that can potentially clog the trap and lead to a backed up toilet.

Blocked Toilet Trap

The toilet trap is the curved part of the porcelain fixture that is integrated into the toilet’s lower bowl unit. It is made to keep standing water and prevents sewer gases from going to your home. There have been instances where toilets have become clogged when a pocket comb is lodged in the internal trap. You can loosen up blockages and get rid of clogs using a plunger. You can take out more stubborn clogs using a toilet auger. You can also keep the toilet trap clear by limiting your use of toilet paper and never try to dispose non-flushable items down your toilet.

Blocked Plumbing Vent

Newer toilets and other plumbing fixtures, utilize roof vents to get fresh air into the plumbing system and stop air pressure vacuums that may restrict drain flow. As time goes by, these vents could become clogged with animal nests, sticks, and leaves. A clogged toilet vent will decrease the drain flow and can lead to constant clogs. It is recommended to hire a professional plumber to clear the vents since these clogs could be quite hard to find and will need specialized tools to get rid of.

Main Sewer Line Problems

Constant clogs in different drains and toilets are indications of a much bigger sewer line problem. Clogs in different fixtures are caused by the accumulation of toilet paper, waste material, and non-flushable materials in the primary drain and sewer lines. The roots of trees could also puncture the sewer line, giving sediments and other debris that may cause blockage access to your home. Sewer line issues could lead to major problems both in and out of your house. It can also threaten your family’s health. It is always recommended to hire a professional plumber Florence who can deal with any sewer related problems.

Call Plumbing Experts Florence if you have problems with your toilet or for all other plumbing related issues that you might have at home.

Plumbing Experts Florence
Florence, SC 29501
843-536-4568
www.plumbingprosflorence.com/

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