Common Causes of Clogged Toilets

Clogged toilets are unpleasant and more common than we would like. Backed up toilets are more than just inconvenient, they can be unsanitary, messy, lead to costly repairs and render an entire bathroom useless. If you are dealing with a clogged toilet, it’s important to address the problem quickly, find out why the toilet clogged and take action to prevent future occurrences.

Don’t ignore the warning signs. The first clue that a clog may be in the works is often a slow flush or gurgling sound when the toilet is flushed. Calling a plumber at the first indication of a problem can help you avoid the more unhygienic side effects and effectively diagnose the root cause of the problem.

Excessive Toilet Paper

Whether it’s a result of TP that doesn’t disintegrate well or a child that wipes a little too generously, too much toilet paper is a common cause of a backup. Plungers can generally remove these types of clogs, but toilet paper can combine with other debris and form a bigger obstruction. Severe clogs will need the assistance of an experienced plumber to open the sewage pipes and remove the clog.

Flushing Non-Flushable Items

There are really only two things that should be flushed down the toilet, TP and waste. Small kids seem to be captivated with watching their toys swish around the bowl and disappearing down the drain, which is why you should be proactive in talking to your kids about proper potty procedures.

Adults can be guilty of abusing the flush as well, by clogging the pipes with feminine products, hair, crease, paper towels, wipes, and other items commonly mistaken as “flushable”. Even products that are labeled as flushable, such as baby wipes and feminine products, can still lead to clogged pipes. Additionally, keeping the area above the tank clear can help eliminate the risk of accidentally flushing foreign objects. Shelves over the toilet seem like a good use of space for extra storage, but items can unintentionally fall into the toilet and down the drain without being noticed.

Main Drain Clogs

An obstruction in your home’s main drain can cause to a backed up toilet. Our plumbers can examine your drain pipes and isolate the cause and location of the clog. Main drain clogs aren’t necessarily caused by improper use of your pipes, but by a buildup of leaves, rocks, sludge and other debris.

Leach Line Congestion

Homes that utilize a septic tank use leach lines to filter water out of the tank and into the ground. The cycle can be disrupted if the leach lines get blocked by sludge or non-decomposable material, which, if left untreated, can cause the whole system to back up. A plumber can clear the inlet and outlet baffles after pumping out the septic tank.