Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

by | Aug 1, 2018 | Bathroom

Toilet clogs often happen by surprise. If you have ever been surprised that your toilet suddenly gets clogged and starts overflowing you are not alone. If you experience an overflowing toilet due to a clog you can stop the water immediately by turning off the water valve located behind the toilet or on the side of the toilet. This will help prevent any further flooding into your home. Now that you know how to stop a clogged toilet from overflowing, you can find out the common causes of toilet clogs listed below.

  • Toilet paper – This is the most frequent cause of a clogged toilet. Using too much toilet paper or toilet paper that is too thick can easily clog the toilet. Homeowners who have young children often experience a clogged toilet due to too much toilet paper because their little one decided to flush it all down the toilet for fun.
  • Hair – Some homeowners clean out their hairbrush and flush it down the toilet. It might seem like a great idea at the time. But, it actually has the potential to accumulate in the pipes and cause a clog. It’s recommended to dispose of hair in the trash instead.
  • Fresheners – Toilet bowl fresheners have been around for decades and they keep improving them as the years go forward. These helpful fresheners are well-liked and used on a frequent basis in bathrooms across the United States. However, there are moments when these good smelling fresheners accidentally fall into the toilet and get flushed into the pipes. Sometimes this causes a clog plus has the potential to damage pipes. If you use a toilet freshener that is secured by plastic on the side of your toilet, make sure the plastic holder is secured properly.
  • Feminine products – Most women know not to flush sanitary napkins or feminine products down the toilet. However, there are moments when it happens by accident. These products are not designed to easily glide down the toilet and pipes. Always avoid flushing them down the toilet. But, if it does happen, you need to contact a plumber immediately to have the item removed from the pipes.

As you can see there are a variety of ways a toilet can get clogged. Plumbers often report retrieving items such as children’s toys from clogged toilets. Whatever is causing the clog in your toilet needs to be removed immediately. Contact us today for further assistance!

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