11 Most Common Causes For Clogged Toilets 🚽💩
Toilets are the most under-appreciated part of our homes.
Not many people spend time and effort thinking about how they work until they stop functioning.There are a lot of reasons why a toilet could clog on plenty of occasions, with the need to identify the major issues causing the blockages the best way to prevent any problems to happen in the future.
1. Which Kind of Toilet is Being Used.
Low flush toilets are the best when it comes to reducing the amount of water being used to keep the water bills and consumption as low as possible. But these types of toilets are known for causing problems with low water pressure. And low flush toilets installed between 1994 and 1997 are known to have too little power to push waste into the drains.
2. Not Enough Water in the Tank.
Often the tank of the toilet is not completely full when the toilet is flushed. Which means there is not enough applied and it’s impossible for any waste making its way out of the toilet.
3. A Clogged Drain Line.
Sometimes a drain line can clog due to everyday waste and regular paper products being pushed into it. Hair, paper, waste and foreign objects can clog and mean the line must be cleared to restore the service.
4. The Trap is The Problem.
An S trap is generally installed which can block between the toilet and main drain line to cause a blockage.
5. Sometimes Other Machines are the Problem.
Often problems are being caused by other water carrying lines into the drains, washing machine blockages are known to cause blockages that affect the entire system and clog a toilet over and over.
6. Don’t Flush Wipes into a Septic System
Baby wipes are not meant to be flushed. It seems normal that something used to clean an infant’s back side could go down the toilet, but unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. These “luxury” items are the number one cause of blockages and are known to create expensive damage to plumbing systems. Baby wipes sometimes state they are safe for flushing but when a drain is already a bit blocked these cause a backup.
7. Watch the Kids.
Kids love water. Water that takes their favorite objects to some other universe or the ocean via a huge underground river. The toilet is so fascinating to kids and small children. Many of these items leaving for a mysterious journey, are large enough to fit through the bowl but get blocked once they reach the pipes. Only waste and paper products should be flushed into a toilet, toys and trash can and will eventually block a system.
8. External Factors.
Clogs happen, but common maintenance issues are clog creators as well. The pipes that lie outside of your home can cause drain clogs that may result in slow or non-moving toilet drains in your home.
9. Slow Septics.
Slow moving septic systems can cause toilet clogging in your home. A healthy septic system is important.
10. Older Drains.
Broken pipes can create clog problems as well. The first sign is mostly sediment backwash, but slow drains in other toilets or other pipes in your house is a clue the problem may be a lot bigger. This can be costly over time and is a sign a professional is needed.
11. Know How Your Toilet Works.
A homeowner must know his system well in order to avoid problems that could happen with it. Is your toilet is hooked up to a sewage system or if it relies on a septic tank to operate?
Septic systems have specific concerns associated with how they operate and require certain chemicals to accelerate the waste processing mechanism and avoidance of flushing certain materials.