How to Keep Your Toilet from Clogging
While you may commonly blame your backed up toilet bowl on your children or an overindulgent adult, if a clogged toilet is frequent in your Western New York home, there is likely another reason.
Your toilet isn’t just a convenience, it’s a necessity, so when your toilet is experiencing issues, it’s important to figure out what is causing the problem, so you can resolve it as soon as possible. Let’s plunge right into it and review how to keep your toilet from clogging.
How to Keep Your Toilet from Clogging
While you may commonly blame your backed up toilet bowl on your children or an overindulgent adult, if a clogged toilet is frequent in your Western New York home, there is likely another reason. Below we review common causes for this reoccurring issue and how you can keep your toilet from clogging in the future.
– Don’t Flush Non-Flushable Items: One of the main causes of a clogged toilet is that non-flushable items are flushed down it. Toilets are designed to only dispose of specific materials, such as human waste and toilet paper. If you flush a non-flushable, such as: cotton balls, feminine products, baby wipes, paper towels, tissues, or “flushable” wipes, it could lead to problems. A common plumbing myth is that “flushable” wipes are flushable; however, that is not the case. Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in our pipes and sewage systems, but the previously mentioned items are not. These items are typically made with synthetic materials, plastics or polyester, that won’t break down. So even if they flush down your toilet, they end up clogging plumbing and sewers in the long run.
– Replace Your Old Toilet: An old toilet, specifically a low-flow toilet (or low-flush toilet or high-efficiency toilet), can cause a constant need for the plunger. A low-flow toilet is a flush toilet that uses significantly less water than traditional high-flow toilets. A low-flow toilet flushes one of two ways: either with gravity or pressure-assistance. Low-flow toilets are good options to help decrease unnecessary water usage and lower your water bill; however, toilets can last for more than a decade before needing to be updated or replaced, and outdated low-flow toilets can cause clogging issues. Many older low-flow toilets will lack the necessary pressure to clear their drain and trap, which will result in regular clogs.
– Clean Your S-Trap: If you have a blocked S-trap or P-trap (due to different toilet designs, some toilets may have a P-trap instead of a S-trap, but they serve the same purpose), cleaning it can keep your toilet from clogging. On the back of your toilet there is usually an S-shaped pipe that comes up from the ground and winds its way into the toilet bowl. This pipe is known as an S-trap drain, and it is responsible for ensuring that the odorous sewer gases in the drain pipes cannot pass through the toilet bowl and into the home. A clogged S-trap can happen naturally over time. If your toilet is clogging more frequently than normal, you may have a partial block in your S-trap and should contact a local plumber to help you resolve the issue.
– Remove Plumbing Vent Blockages: Most people don’t know this, but modern toilets use roof vents to funnel fresh air into the plumbing system and boost flushing pressure. Over time, the vents can become blocked or clogged with sticks, leaves, or even an animal’s nest. If the plumbing vent is sealed, clogged, or otherwise obstructed, then the flushing power of the toilet is greatly reduced and the toilet will clog on a regular basis. This is not a problem to try to resolve on your own. If you think that your plumbing vents may be blocked, call a Western New York plumbing professional to clear the vents and restore your toilet to its normal function.
– Have Your Sewer Line Cleaned and Inspected: Your toilet may keep clogging if there is blockage or other issue with your sewer line. Even the toughest plunger will not fix an issue with your sewer lines. A sewer line can become clogged with debris, tree roots, or other non-flushable material. Sometimes issues with your sewer line are out of your control. Regardless of the cause of the problem, sewer line issues are not something you want to leave unattended and you should call in a professional, for sewer line cleaning or replacement, to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Every Western New York homeowner wants to keep their toilet from clogging; however, sometimes clogs happen. While some clogged toilets can be easily fixed, others may have issues that need to be addressed by someone with experience.
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