What Causes Toilet Clogs?
Clogged toilets can occur for a number of reasons, from poor toilet designs to flushing foreign objects or just plain bad luck. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Too much waste or paper at once
- Low water levels in the toilet tank
- Restrictions due to aged pipes and waste accumulation
- Damage to drain pipes or the toilet itself
- Poor flow from early water-saving toilet designs
- Flushing foreign objects such as paper towels, hygiene products, or toys
Even a well-maintained toilet that is used properly can clog occasionally, but usually, the problem is minor and rectified quickly.
Removing Toilet Clogs in Your Fairview Home
Many toilet clogs can be solved at home using basic tools. A plunger can often remove all but the most stubborn clogs simply by placing it over the drain, compressing, and releasing it a few times. Other clogs can be removed by placing hot water in the bowl and allowing it to soak, sometimes overnight. Baking soda or vinegar can be added, but do not put boiling water in the bowl, as it may crack the porcelain. Using a pipe snake is generally a bad idea, as it can crack or damage the toilet, though a specially designed closet auger may work if you have one.
In general, if plunging does not work, it is best to call a professional for help, such as our team at Staggs Plumbing. We have the tools and equipment to remove the clog safely, without damaging the toilet or the drain pipes. Pipe snakes, chemical drain cleaners, and other methods all have the potential to cause damage, leading to expensive cleanups and repairs.
To prevent toilet clogs, have your plumbing and drain system inspected every year or so and avoid flushing anything by waste and toilet paper. The following items are especially likely to cause toilet clogs and should never be flushed:
- Paper towels, napkins, and other paper products besides toilet paper
- Diapers, baby wipes, or “flushable” moist wipes
- First aid, shaving, dental, or hygiene products
- Keys, jewelry, toys, or other foreign objects
At Staggs Plumbing, we are equipped to handle the most stubborn toilet and drain clogs, using methods like hydro jetting that are quick, reliable, and safe for your plumbing system. Our company has been serving the Dallas region for over 30 years, and we feature licensed, experienced plumbers, an A+ BBB rating, and free quotes for all our services.
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