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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

Monday, April 08, 2019
Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

Here at Day & Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know that most people don't think much about their toilet until it starts giving them problems. One of the most common causes of toilet trouble is a clog, and there are many reasons that you could encounter one. Sometimes there's something wrong with the toilet itself. Other times, it's just about what you flush. In any case, we're ready to assist you.

Ineffective Flapper

When you remove the top of your toilet tank you'll spot a round, rubber gasket at the bottom of it. This is known as the flapper. When it's working right, it opens up when you flush and allows the water to rush in and push down waste and paper. If the flapper isn't working right or opening fully, the flush will be weak and that could cause clogs. Sometimes a fix is as simple as adjusting the chain that attaches the flapper to the flush arm, but if that doesn't work you might need a professional plumber to come take a look.

Too Little Water in Tank

While you have the tank open, see how much water is in there. If your tank doesn't fill up completely after a flush, that could be a cause of your clog-related problems. The more water you have in there, the more pressure is being applied to push the waste down.

Feminine Products

Feminine products tend to be made of cotton and other materials that people think are flushable. Unfortunately, these end up being a huge source of toilet clogs. Don't ever flush tampons, pads, or any kind of feminine products. They're simply not meant to break down in your pipes like toilet paper is. In fact, they do the opposite because they're designed to absorb liquid, which is why they're such a common source of clogs.

You Have a Low Flow Toilet

Installing a low flow toilet is an eco-friendly move. Unfortunately, depending on the age of your toilet and the model you chose, it may be the cause of its own clogging problems. If it's not flushing hard enough to push down the contents of the bowl, it might be time for a replacement.

Sewer Line Troubles

Sometimes the problem isn't your toilet. Occasionally a problem in your sewer line is causing frequent backups. This can be a major pain. Getting to the sewer lines can require some digging and large amounts of labor, so it's not often a cheap fix.

A Freshener Falls In

Some folks use a toilet air freshener that hangs in the bowl. We understand that you don't want your bathroom to smell bad, but some kinds of fresheners can actually cause an issue. The hooks that hold them in place can start to wear down over time, meaning that they end up falling into the toilet. This creates a “hard clog” that can be a pain to deal with.

Your Licensed Plumbers in King County

No matter what caused your toilet problems, our licensed plumbers are here to help. Contact Day & Nite Plumbing and Heating whenever you run into a clog or another issue. Your plumbing needs are our top priority.


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