Not only is a clogged toilet a nuisance, but it can be hazardous if waste backs up and spills into your home. Sometimes, clogs are buried in the system, and plungers can’t remove them. At Titan Plumbing and Electric, clogged toilets are a common problem, and our technicians are just a phone call away when you have a stubborn clog you can’t solve.
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Why Toilets Clog
The toilet is one of the most used plumbing fixtures in the house, and when a clog develops, it inconveniences the whole family. The key to preventing toilet clogs is to understand why they happen in the first place. Here are the most common reasons people experience a clogged commode.
- Low Flow: Older low flow toilets were designed to save water and money; however, they lacked the flushing power to remove waste effectively. If you have a first-gen low flow toilet made in the 90s, you may need to upgrade.
- Flushing Non-Flushable Items: Toilets are meant to dispose of limited materials, namely human waste and toilet paper. Items like paper towels, sanitary napkins, and personal wipes should go into the trash.
- Blocked Toilet Trap: The curved part of your toilet holds water to prevent sewer gas from backing up into the house. Items sometimes lodge in this curve, causing a blockage.
- Main Sewer Line Issues: Sometimes, a clogged toilet is the result of a block in the main sewer line, in which case, a pro is needed to fix it.
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Do You Need a New Toilet?
Many people don’t think about their toilet — they expect it to work every time they flush. However, sometimes upgrading the commode makes sense, and here are reasons to consider.
If your toilet leaks, it can cause water damage to the floor underneath. Depending on the age of the toilet, you may want to forego the repair and get a new toilet installation. Also, if your toilet doesn’t have the power to flush away waste, an upgrade is worth considering. Lastly, if you have an old toilet that doesn’t match your modern decor, an update can give your bathroom a whole new look.
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Tips to Unclog a Toilet
Before you call a plumber, there are several techniques you can try to unclog a toilet.
- Plungers: The tried and true plunger is effective at removing smaller clogs.
- Snakes: For a clog that’s deeper in the system, try a plumbing snake.
- Vinegar & Baking Soda: Pour 1 cup baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for about a half-hour then flush.