Clogged toilets can be a real headache! You find yourself plunging your toilet with all of your strength, possibly causing others to wait to use the bathroom and once you think the worst is over, it comes back to haunt you. Toilets, though mighty they are, can’t sustain everything. They are built to handle human waste and a certain amount of toilet paper. The stronger flushing power of some toilets has given people the false premise that toilets can flush down much more. Sadly, that isn’t the case!
If you find yourself consistently dealing a clogged toilet, it’s time to put that trouble to rest for good.
The items being flushed aren’t toilet proof.
If it’s not human waste or toilet paper, it doesn’t belong in the toilet. Even facial tissue shouldn’t be tossed down the toilet. We are fortunate to have mighty sewer systems in the US, which allows us to flush down toilet paper. If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you may have noticed how critical it is that toilet paper is tossed in trash bins. Clogs are generally the result of throwing items that a system isn’t meant to handle. Make sure that you and the rest of your household are practicing safe flushing practices.
Never (ever!) flush down the following items:
- Facial tissue
- Dental floss
- Cat litter
- Cotton swabs
- Sanitary products (tampons or pads)
The solution: Always have a wastebasket nearby and remind others of what should go in it and not in the toilet.
There’s something preventing it from free-flowing.
If your toilet is flushing slower than usual, it could be because of clogged plumbing vents or blocked pipes. A reduction in velocity can result in a clog when you attempt to flush down the usual load your toilet can handle. This could even mean a difference of throwing down additional toilet paper.
The solution: You’ll need to have your plumbing vent cleared out. Though this task can be tedious, which is why it’s best to call in a professional.
It sounds like it’s flushing then it stops.
You hold down the knob, see the water moving then after a couple of seconds, nothing. It is likely that your toilet’s flapper isn’t completing the cycle, which means that you’re seeing a weak flush.
The solution: You’ll need to adjust the chain that connects the flapper handle to the flush. This will make the flapper completely open when you flush.
You have sewer line problems that require repair.
Dealing with more than one clogged toilet? It could be a sewer line problem. When your toilets or drains are backed up, it is likely the result of a clog in the sewer line. Unfortunately plunging your toilet is only a temporary solution since what’s causing the real issue is deeper.
The solution: Call in a professional who can clear out your sewer lines. There’s also the possibility that your tree’s roots are what’s causing a block in the system.
Contact Rocky’s Plumbing for More Professional Advice
At Rocky’s Plumbing, we’ll make sure your toilet troubles are solved for good. Upon assessment, we’ll be able to easily spot the underlying problem and make the necessary corrections. Don’t spend another second dealing with a pesky clogged toilet!