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5 Common Causes of Toilet Clogs and How to Prevent Them

You can’t just flush anything. More often than not, if it seems like it’s too much for your drain to handle, it is. Clogged toilets are an inconvenience and more common than we would like.

Toilet clogs toilets are unpleasant, they can be messy, unsanitary, result in costly repairs and make an entire bathroom useless. When a toilet gets clogged, it’s important to resolve the problem promptly, find out what caused the toilet clog and take steps to prevent future occurrences. Here are five common causes of toilet clogs and how to prevent them.

Flushing Non-Flushable Items

Certain items, such as toys, should not be flushed down the toilet. Small toys can fall into the bowl and disappear down the drain, so be proactive in letting your kids know about proper potty procedures. Other items that clog the pipes include paper towels, feminine products, wipes, hair, crease, and other materials commonly mistaken as “flushable”.

Additionally, you should remove foreign objects from the area above the tank in order to help ensure that these items do not get accidentally flushed. Shelves over the toilet are not a good storage space because items can accidentally fall into the drain. If you notice that a foreign objects is clogging your toilet, you need to call a plumber right away.

Excessive Toilet Paper

Too much toilet paper is one of the most common causes of a toilet clog. Toilet clogs can sometimes be a result of a person that wipes too generously or toilet paper that doesn’t disintegrate properly. Plungers can usually be used to remove these types of toilet clogs, but if toilet paper combines with other debris, it will form a bigger obstruction blockage. Severe clogs will require the assistance of a professional to remove the clog.

Leach Line Congestion

If your home utilizes a septic tank then there are leach lines that filter water into the ground. Disruption can occur in the cycle due to a blockage of the leach lines. Non-decomposable material or sludge can cause the entire system to back up. If you find yourself facing a leach line congestion, get a plumber to resolve the issue right away.

Main Drain Clogs

A backed up toilet can be caused by an obstruction in the main drain. Professional plumbers can view the drain pipes and identify the location and cause of the clog or backup. Main drain clogs are usually caused by a buildup of sludge, rocks, leaves and other debris.

Don’t ignore the common signs of a clogged toilet. If you notice a slow flush or gurgling sound when you flush the toilet, call a plumber immediately. Call in a professional at the first clue of a problem is a wise decision and can help prevent major issues and effectively determine the cause of the problem.

Avoid the embarrassment of an untimely toilet clog, call Metro Sewer and Plumbing at (423) 855-0967 to keep your Chattanooga throne flushing!