Does it seem like you’re always reaching for the toilet plunger to clear some sort of obstruction in the drainpipe? It’s no fun, and the root of the problem could stem from a variety of probabilities. In this post, we take a closer look at five reasons why your toilet continues to clog (and what you can do about it). Here’s a closer look:
1. Too Much Toilet Paper
There are only two things you should be flushing down the toilet: waste and toilet paper. However, too much toilet paper can still lead to blockages in the line. Kids are often frequent violators of the “too much toilet paper” rule, so make sure you speak with them about appropriate amounts.
2. You Flushed Something You Shouldn’t Have
From feminine hygiene products to contraception to baby wipes, there’s a whole slew of things that you should never be flushing down the toilet. Just remember — the only two things that should ever be flushed down the toilet are toilet paper and waste.
3. Inadequate Water in the Tank
If you’re not getting good pressure with your flush, check the tank to make sure it’s filling up with water to the overfill line. You need an adequate amount of water to generate good pressure for each flush and too little water in the tank isn’t quite going to cut it. While some minor adjustments may be all you need to make this adjustment, your toilet may also require a new internal kit. In some situations, it might be best to even purchase and install a new toilet. Though today’s toilets can last for up to 50 years, toilets do wear out over time.
4. Poor Venting
Today’s toilets and plumbing systems use roof vents to bring in air and increase pressure with each flush. But vents are prone to clogging with the likes of leaves and other debris, hampering the flushing pressure. If you can’t safely get up on the roof yourself to remove blockages, contact a professional plumber.
5. Your Water is Hard
Do you know what type of water flows into your home? If it’s hard, then it’s calcium-heavy, and these minerals can deposit and lead to blockages in a drain. It’s another factor to be on the lookout for. If you think you have a hard water problem, consider having a plumber snake your lines and possibly even install a whole-house water softener.
Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing Today
For more information on reasons why your toilet keeps clogging (and what to do about it), contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing today.