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Help! My Toilet Keeps Clogging!

sunny-plumberClogging the toilet at work or at a friend’s house is a mortifying problem. If you’ve ever been in such a situation, you know the panic that sets in when the water starts to rise. While clogging your toilet at home may alleviate some of the embarrassment factor, it’s still not a situation you want to find yourself in.

And, if your toilet is clogging frequently, then you’ve got a serious problem on your hands. It’s a major inconvenience, and nobody wants to be grabbing the plunger every other day! Today we’re going to look into some common culprits of toilet clogs in Corona, CA.

Is Your Toilet a Low-Flow Model?

If so, that may actually be the issue.  Now, we aren’t at all suggesting that a low-flow toilet is always going to give you trouble. But, if you have a first generation low-flow toilet, meaning one manufactured in the first wave back in the early/mid-90s, then it could be to blame.

While these toilets obviously had the best of intentions, they simply lacked the pressure necessary for effective, reliable flushing. Modern low-flow toilets have addressed that issue, and second-generation low-flow toilets and beyond operate quite nicely. Replacing your first-generation low-flow toilet may be your best bet.

Are You Flushing Non-Flushables?

We cannot stress this enough. Waste and toilet paper. That is all that should go down your toilet. End of list, end of story. Cotton balls, Q-tips, sanitary napkins, even “flushable” wipes—put them in the trash.

We cannot tell you how many toilet clogs we’ve encountered that could have been easily avoided if only the homeowners had been more careful about what they were flushing. Don’t be fooled by ad copy claiming flushability. Waste and toilet paper. That’s it!

Are You Flushing too Much Toilet Paper?

Yes, toilet paper is obviously flushable. But you put enough of it in the bowl, and it becomes unflushable. You cannot overload your toilet with too much toilet paper. If you do, you are going to generate a clog.

What’s the best thing to do if you need a lot of toilet paper? Multiple flushes. Yes, you’re typically going to want to save water, and flushing your toilet multiple times is certainly not going to do that. But a few extra flushes here and there are definitely preferable to frequent drain clogs.

Is Your Sewer Line Clogged?

How the heck should I know?

Fair answer.  You’re not going to be inspecting your own sewer line to see if it is clogged within, right? Of course not. But a clogged sewer line can definitely be to blame for frequent toilet clogs.

Maybe there is a blockage from toilet use in there. Maybe tree roots have grown in. Whatever the case, you’ll need a professional plumber to clear out the clog and, if necessary, replace a damaged sewer line. If you notice slow-moving drains throughout the house in addition to your toilet clogs, this is a likely culprit.

Schedule your plumbing services with The Sunny Plumber SoCal. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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