Does your toilet keep clogging? Here is a list of some of the most common reasons why your toilet gets clogged.
Clogged toilets are a common problem in American households. From using hard water to overusing toilet paper, clogged toilets are a frustrating issue to deal with. Understanding why your toilet clogs will help you prevent blockages in the future.
Here is a list of the most common causes of clogged toilets.
Hard Water Problems
New homeowners might not be familiar with the difference between hard and soft water. In simple words, the hardness of the water in your home is determined by how many minerals are present in it. Thus, if the water coming to your home has a high mineral content, you have hard water.
Hard water can severely damage your water pipes and can lead to clogged toilets. This is because the minerals present in hard water can calcify and form a white substance that accumulates in your system. Due to the blockage, waste is not able to pass through, hence resulting in a clogged toilet.
Flushing Non-Flushable Items
Your toilet is designed to only flush away certain items. For instance, toilet paper is designed to dissolve quickly in water, so it hardly leads to a problem. On the other hand, paper towels, female sanitary products, and disposable tissues like Kleenex aren’t supposed to be flushed down a toilet. Moreover, flushing other objects such as cotton balls, Q-tips, dental floss, and wet wipes can block drainage and lead to clogged toilets.
Problems in Main Sewer Line
If multiple toilets in your house clog frequently, it’s usually because of larger sewer line issues. Sewer line problems aren’t always a result of what’s flowing through the pipes. In fact, tree roots can also puncture your sewer line, allowing sediment and other debris to enter the pipe and ultimately block it.
Excessive Use of Toilet Paper
This is probably the most common reason why a toilet gets clogged. Even though toilet paper does easily dissolve in water, using an excessive amount of it can lead to blockages and build-up.
If you’re one of those people who use a lot of toilet paper when you go to the bathroom, here are a few tips that you could follow to minimize this problem.
- Double Flush –Before you wipe, make sure to flush down the waste. Then use as much toilet paper as you need and do a second flush.
- Better-Quality Toilet Paper – Consider switching to a higher-quality, thicker toilet paper so that you only need a less quantity.
Last Few Words
Knowing and understanding the most common causes of clogged toilets can help you avoid the problems in the first place.
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