Toilet clogs are one of the most frustrating plumbing problems you can face. Fortunately, many toilet clogs can be avoided. It's important to know what causes toilet clogs and how to prevent them. Here are four of the most common reasons that your toilet might be clogged.
Flushing Non-Flushable Items
The toilet is only designed to flush waste and toilet paper. Other items do not break down easily and will quickly cause your toilet to clog. Avoid flushing paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, or feminine hygiene products. If you have small children, prevent them from throwing items in the toilet by installing a childproof toilet seat lock.
Blocked Toilet Trap
The toilet trap holds standing water and prevents sewer odors from wafting into your home. The trap is a u-shaped bend in the pipe. The trap can easily become clogged and cause your toilet to back up. You can usually prevent this type of clog by limiting your toilet-paper use and avoiding flushing any non-flushable items.
Blocked Plumbing Vent
Today's plumbing fixtures, including toilets, rely on roof vents to pull fresh air into the plumbing system and prevent an air pressure vacuum. The roof vent can become clogged with debris and leaves, causing slow or stopped drains. A blocked plumbing vent should be fixed by a professional.
First-Generation Low-Flow Toilet
Modern toilets use a low-flow design in order to save water. The first models of these low-flow toilets became clogged easily. They lacked the pressure needed to push all of the contents through the trap and drain. If your toilet was manufactured in the mid-1990s, it's probably one of these first-generation low-flow models. You may want to consider installing a newer, more modern toilet if you're experiencing frequent clogs.
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-A R Engh Team