If your toilet is constantly becoming clogged, you need to find the cause of your clogs and make sure the issue is repaired as soon as possible to prevent future inconveniences and malfunctions. A toilet that's prone to clogging is likely to experience progressively more frequent clogs if the issue is not addressed. Eventually, clogging toilets can even overflow and create a lot of serious problems like water damage.
Homeowners may be able to fix their problems with a chronically clogged toilet by doing one of the following six things:
1. Have Your Sewer Line Cleaned Out
If your sewer line hasn't been cleaned out in a long time, you may have a clog in your sewer line that is causing repeated clogs in your toilets. However, you should be aware of the fact that a sewer line is generally the culprit only in cases where multiple toilets in a home are routinely clogging. So if just one of your toilets is a problem, the cause is likely not the sewer line.
Over time, waste that has been flushed down toilets can build up in a sewer line that has not recently been cleaned out. Sediment can also gather in sewer lines over time and needs to be cleaned out. Tree roots are another sewer line clog culprit that can lead to repeated clogs in a home's toilets.
2. Have a Trap Clog Removed
A toilet trap is a curved portion of pipe right below the toilet. The trap's main function is to prevent sewer gasses from becoming released within the home through the toilet opening. Unfortunately, traps can become clogged over time. A clogged toilet trap will create frequent clogs in the toilet itself. Homeowners need to have clogged traps cleaned out right away to remove blockages and to ensure that the condition of a repeatedly clogged toilet doesn't deteriorate over time.
3. Get a New Toilet
Older toilets that only offer low-flush capabilities are more likely to clog than newer toilets. Low-flow toilets may minimize the amount of water that is consumed by a household with each flush, but they will provide a weaker flush that leaves a toilet more likely to clog.
An older toilet that is repeatedly clogging may need to be completely replaced by a newer toilet that offers a stronger flush to prevent clogs.
4. Get a Water Softener
Sometimes, repeated toilet clogs occur because of hard water issues. Hard water in a home can allow mineral deposits to build up in the plumbing of toilets so that water and waste has trouble passing through.
If you are struggling with toilet clogs, you might want to have your water tested for hardness. Having a water softener installed may not only prevent plumbing problems, but it could also make showering under your home's water more healthy for members of your household.
5. Stop Using Your Toilet as a Trash Can
A lot of homeowners have a bad habit of using their toilets like trash cans. You must avoid flushing things like cotton balls, maxi pads, cotton swabs, dental floss, and wet wipes down toilets to prevent clogs.
If you have noticed a lot of toilet clogs lately, you should consider what you've been flushing down your toilets. You should only be flushing toilet paper down your toilets to minimize your chances of experiencing clogs.
6. Clear Your Plumbing Vent
These days, plumbing systems rely upon roof vents to channel air into the system and maximize plumbing pressure to create a strong flush. If a vent is clogged so that proper air circulation is prevented, toilet clogs can result. Having a plumbing vent inspected and cleaned out, if necessary, can provide a solution to routine toilet clog issues.
Homeowners in the San Diego County area can contact us at Coastal Plumbing, Inc. for assistance with a toilet clog problem. Contact us today.