5 Common Causes of Blocked Toilets (and What to Do About It!)

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    When your toilet isn’t working properly, it’s more than an annoyance. It’s an emergency!

    If your toilet keeps clogging, it’s important to discover the problem and fix it right away. The items you flush, drain problems, or a malfunctioning toilet are all possibilities.

    Whatever the causes of the blockage may be, you probably need professional services to remedy the problem. Here are 5 common causes of blocked toilets.

    1. Flushing Wipes and Other Items

    Some paper products like wipes and paper towels can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. It’s a misconception that all paper products are flushable.

    Even products marketed as “flushable” can cause significant problems. Disposable wipes, feminine products, ear swabs, hair, and napkins are items people try to flush. But your toilet isn’t a garbage bin.

    Flushing these items leads to clogs and ongoing problems with your plumbing system.

    2. Older Low Flow Toilets

    If you live in an older home, you may have low-flow toilets. This could be the cause of your blocked toilet. 

    Most older model toilets don’t have the pressure needed to push material through the drain. Low flushing power keeps material from fully flushing and results in a continually clogged toilet.

    3. Excessive Use of Toilet Paper

    Toilet paper is designed to degrade and go down the drain without clogging. If you use the proper amount, this is true. But if you use too much, it stays in the toilet and drain lines and clogs your plumbing system.

    Some thick and multi-ply toilet paper brands don’t dissolve well in water. Although these brands may be softer or more comfortable to use, they can cause major problems with your plumbing system.

    4. Clogged Toilet Trap

    You may know that your sink has a P-trap. But did you know your toilet has a trap as well? it’s an S-shaped trap that sits between the drain line and toilet bowl. 

    Its job is to catch objects and keep them from clogging the drain line. And it’s common for items to get stuck in the trap. 

    Non-flushable items or excessive toilet paper can become stuck and keep the trap from functioning as it should.

    5. Blocked Toilet Vent

    Your home’s toilet is connected to a vent that exits your home. This is usually through the roof but may be located in another area of your home. 

    The toilet vent allows fresh air to enter the plumbing system which increases the flushing pressure. When there’s a blockage, the pressure lowers, and clogs may become a constant problem.

    This can result in gurgling noises, slow draining, and foul sewer odour in your home. Unless you’re a plumbing expert and know how to unclog a toilet, your best bet is to call a reputable plumber for the job.

    Fixing Blocked Toilets

    Blocked toilets can disrupt your household. The problem will only get worse if you don’t address it right away. We can help!

    If you have blocked toilets or any plumbing issue, our plumbing experts will assess the situation and find the solution as soon as possible. With over 20 years of experience in the plumbing industry, customer service is our top priority.

    Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

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