WHY DOES MY TOILET KEEP CLOGGING? (PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS)

You never want to have a clogged toilet. Who does? But when you do, it’s always frustrating because no one wants to clean up that mess! It’s icky and gross. So, you maybe think, why does toilet keep clogging?? Many different things can cause toilets to always clogging, but the most common reason is using too much paper, older model toilets, flush non-flushable items, toilet trap is blocked, toilet vent blocked, main sewer line problems, or insufficient water in the bowl. Read about how to stop your toilet from clogging and what causes this problem in the first place!

 WHY YOUR TOILET KEEPS CLOGGING? PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

There are six main rezones when the toilet keeps getting clogged. Below we give you why toilet clogging and how to solve it. 

  • Older model toilet or low flow toilet
  • Too much toilet paper use
  • Flush Non-Flushable Items
  • The Toilet Trap Is Blocked
  • The Toilet Vent Blocked
  • Main Sewer Line Problems

1. OLDER MODEL TOILET OR LOW FLOW TOILET

OLDER TOILETS MAY BE MORE LIKELY TO CLOG, WHICH CAN LEAD TO COSTLY REPAIRS. AVOID THESE ISSUES; IT IS BEST TO GET AN OLDER MODEL TOILET REPLACED WITH A NEWER STYLE TOILET WITH LESS CHANCE OF GETTING CLOGGED.  BEFORE BUYING TOILETS MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SINGLE OR DUAL FLUSH TOILET.

HOW TO SOLVE

Toilet upgrades are also necessary when the current toilet does not flush or has an adequate water supply for flushing purposes. A plumber should be contacted if there is any doubt about whether or not the toilet needs replacing. 

2. TOO MUCH TOILET PAPER USE

Many people don’t realize the amount of toilet paper they use. In fact, Americans use and throw away an average of 27 pounds of toilet paper per person every year. So, almost 325 million Americans, that’s roughly 19 billion pounds of toilet paper going into our landfills. 

 HOW TO SOLVE

We have been conditioned to think that we need fresh sheets every time we sit on the throne, but in reality, you only need one sheet for each sitting. That’s right: experts recommend using just one square per sheet for your own hygiene and environmental health! So, don’t flush too much toilet paper. 

3. FLUSH NON-FLUSHABLE ITEMS

Do you know the difference between a flushable and non-flushable item? For something to be flushed down your toilet, it must meet two criteria: firstly, it cannot contain any solid material such as plastic or metal; secondly, it must have a low density. That means water can cause an object to break apart and pass through the pipes without clogging them.

HOW TO SOLVE

Non-flushable items with high densities like paper towels or sanitary pads will clog up or even block your plumbing. We recommend throwing out these types of things in trash bins instead of flushing them down toilets.

4. THE TOILET TRAP IS BLOCKED

Where does the waste go if your toilet trap is blocked? Your toilet has s shape toilet trap, which can be clogged easily.

HOW TO SOLVE

A blocked toilet is an unpleasant event that can be difficult to fix. If you have a plunger, pour some dish soap down the drain and follow with hot water to create suction. You may also need to use a plumber’s snake or auger if this doesn’t work. 

If you don’t have one of these tools on hand, try pouring boiling water down the drain and adding two cups of white vinegar followed by more boiling water. This should clear up any clogs so your bathroom can go back to normal!

5. THE TOILET VENT BLOCKED

Blocked toilet vents are a common problem for bathroom owners, and there are many causes. Blocked vents can be caused by improper installation, clogs or other debris in the drainpipe, overuse of cleaners that cause buildup on the vent cover. 

HOW TO SOLVE

Toilet vent covers periodically be cleaned with vinegar to prevent this from happening. The Toilet vent becomes blocked due to an object down the toilet, such as clothing or paper towels. If you have a clog in your pipes, it will need to be cleared before unblocking your vent; otherwise, you may not get any airflow through your system at all! You can use a plunger, chemical drain cleaner, or dish soap, and baking soda.  

6. MAIN SEWER LINE PROBLEMS

Do you know that when a toilet gets clogged, there is a chance it can cause problems with the main sewer line? This is because water can’t flow down the pipe properly. When this happens, instead of rushing into the drainpipe, it pools up in your toilet bowl and begins to fill your bathroom.

HOW TO SOLVE

It’s common for homeowners to have problems with their main sewer line. These issues can be challenging to solve; the only way to know for sure is by having your lines inspected. Sewer problems can make bad smell, expensive and time-consuming if they are not taken care of as soon as possible. For help with solving all of your sewer line problems, contact your nearby plumbing company today!

FAQS:

WILL A TOILET UNCLOG ITSELF?

If you’ve ever been in a position where your toilet is clogged, have you wondered if it will unclog itself? Well, the answer to that question is YES and NO. For example, suppose you leave the water running for an extended period while also flushing repeatedly. In that case, there’s a chance that eventually, the toilet will overflow or, worse yet, back up into your bathroom, causing significant damage. So before you try anything else, call a professional who can get this resolved.

CONCLUSIONS:

  If your toilet is constantly getting blocked and it seems like there’s no way around it, here are some of the most common causes for why your toilet might keep clogging. The main reason for clogs is if too much toilet paper is used; another possible cause could be non-flushable items being flushed down the drain. The best solution? Use less bathroom tissue! Don’t flush non-flushable items; use a powerful flushing toilet, and you can check your plumber system once a year. We hope you can find you why does your toilet keeps clogging and how to solve it. 

Guest Contributor: Sohel Moheb

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