Toilets are often the under-appreciated part of your home. Few people spend time and effort thinking about how they function until, of course, they stop working. There are many reasons why a toilet could clog on numerous occasions, with the need to identify the major issues causing the blockages the best way of making sure the problems are eliminated for the future.
1. The Type of Toilet Being Used
Low flush toilets are a great way of reducing the amount of water being used in any property to keep water bills and usage as low as possible. However, our plumbing company often sees these types of toilets causing problems with low water pressure. The second issue with low flush toilets is also found in the date a toilet fixture was created in, toilets created from 1994 to 1997 are often described by our company as first-generation low flush, which have too little power to push waste into the drains.
2. A Clogged Drain Line
In some cases, the age of a drain line can work against it and mean a drain line clogs due to regular waste and 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.
3. Too Little Water to the Tank
Pressure must be applied to any waste making its way out of the toilet, we often see the tank of the toilet is not completely full when the toilet is flushed.
4. Hard Water Problems
Our company sees this problem a lot and it can be a consistent problem. New home-owners are often not familiar with what hard and soft water is though this can lead to problems with your system. Hard water can calcify and form a white substance that is difficult to remove from a toilet and shortens the gap waste that can pass through. The hardness of your water is directly related to how many minerals are present in it. Higher quantities of minerals will sometimes accumulate in your system and lead to problems. Typically these problems are caused by mineral build-up restricting the flow of water and waste through your system. A quick fix is to have a plumber use a solution to flush out your toilet system. A long term fix is to install a water softener to treat your water before it enters your toilet in order to reduce the problems in your toilet going forward by preventing mineral build-up.
5. The Trap Can Cause Problems
An S trap is generally installed that can block between the toilet and the main drain line to cause a blockage.
6. Check for Blockages
We often find problems are caused by other water carrying lines into the drains, washing machine blockages can cause issues that affect the entire system and block a toilet consistently.
7. Don't Flush Wipes into a Septic System
Believe it or not, baby wipes are not meant to be flushed. It seems reasonable that anything used to wipe an infant's backside should be able to go down the toilet, but unfortunately, that just isn't the case. These convenience items are the number one cause of clogs and can cause expensive damage to your plumbing. Toilet and baby wipes often bear the logo stating they are safe for flushing when a drain is already a little blocked this cause a backup and is commonly seen by our technicians.
8. Don't Flush Foreign Objects
Kids love water. They also love water that mysteriously transports objects to some other realm. The toilet is endlessly fascinating to toddlers and small children. This is why toys and other objects placed in the toilet by children is the next common cause of clogs. Many items are large enough to fit through the bowl but become impacted once they reach the pipes. Only waste and paper products should be flushed into a toilet, toys, and trash should not be flushed or they can block a system. The toilet is designed to dispose of waste and toilet paper only. In order to have a smooth working toilet, don't flush items that don't belong in the toilet.
9. 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.
10. Slow Septics
Slow-moving septic systems, or systems that are stalling and not turning over quickly enough, can cause toilet clogging in your home. A healthy septic system is important to maintain; with a proper balance for ideal drainage flow.
11. Older Pipework
Collapsing pipes can create clog problems as well. Usually, the first sign is sediment backwash, but slow drains in multiple toilets or other drains in your home is a clue the problem may be bigger. This can be costly over time and is a sign a professional is needed.
Clogged toilets are a hassle, but they can also cause costly damage to your home. A professional plumber is important to rectify these plumbing issues before the problem grows.
Problems with the clogged toilet in your Highland home? Don't panic, just Call All City Plumbing at (909) 552-7550 and we'll take care of business.
12. Awareness of How Your Toilet Works
The most important thing for a homeowner is to know your system well in order to avoid the ongoing problems that could arise with it. Know if 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.
Knowing the most common items to clog toilets can help you avoid problems before they happen, and will help you know when it is time to call in a professional. Call All City Plumbing at (909) 552-7550 for all your repair needs!