Nobody wants a clogged toilet. You wouldn’t dare use a clogged toilet, would you? It’s inconvenient, unsanitary, and downright embarrassing. If you have problems with your toilet getting clogged every so often, then you do have a serious problem on your hands. You need to fix that clog right away. Otherwise, you’re going to experience your worst nightmare each time you sit on the toilet seat.
So, are you asking, “why does my toilet keep clogging?” Don’t worry. You are not alone. We’re almost sure that are many other homeowners who encounter this problem occasionally. So, we have listed the most common reasons for clogged toilets below. We’ve also added a few steps on how to resolve the problem, so you need not worry about a toilet clog ever.
Common Reasons Why Toilets Get Clogged
If your toilet doesn’t get clogged too often, then you can simply follow the steps listed below to get rid of the problem. However, if your toilet gets clogged frequently, you might need the help of a professional plumber to bail you out. So, here now are the common reasons why there could be a clog in your toilet:
A blockage is the most common reason why a toilet gets clogged. There are items that you can flush in your toilet and there are items that you can’t. While some toilets allow toilet paper or tissue paper to be flushed, having too much of it down there will also cause a clog.
The other things that are not supposed to be flushed are baby wipes, feminine pads, hair strands, ear swabs, and napkins. Dish soap is a non flushable item as well. Always remember that human waste is the only thing that is supposed to go down the drain. So, if it is not poop, don’t flush it.
If toilet paper is most likely the cause of the problem, one of the things that you may want to do is to put trash cash inside the bathroom so household members will throw their toilet tissue in there and not into the toilet bowl. That’s one good way to prevent a clog.
To get rid of the clog, you may use a toilet plunger, toilet snake, or toilet auger. These tools can get through the clog and clear the path to the sewer. It is a good idea to have a plumbing snake always at your disposal so you can clear the toilet bowl of any clog at any time. You may use it for the toilet trap as well.
2. Not enough pressure or water
Toilets need water for flushing. As such, you’ll need adequate supply to get the job done. If your toilet tank is no longer filling up to its full capacity, then you will likely have a problem with flushing. Your toilet may not be clogging but the water can no longer flush all the way down.
To solve this issue, check your toilet tank. There might a faulty part that needs to be replaced. If you see no problems with any part upon inspection, look for the knob that controls the toilet water supply line. Open it all the way to get the water inside the tank. Then try to flush. Observe how much water went down the toilet bowl and how strong the pressure is.
If it is already fully opened, then the water pressure may not be enough to reach your toilet. It is also possible that the toilet float is set a bit too low. Don’t forget to check the toilet flapper as well. It may be the one causing the clog. Every part should be in tip-top shape to prevent clogging.
3. Old toilet design
Did you know that old toilets are designed for water conservation purposes? That’s the reason why they are called low flow toilets. A low flow toilet is more susceptible to clogging. If this is the type of toilet that you’re using, you may want to consider changing it to some of those modern toilets. That way, you won’t have to worry about clogging.
Another possible solution is to increase the water pressure used to flush the toilet. Doing so will keep the pathway to the sewer obstruction-free. Again, if you still use a low flow toilet, you shouldn’t flush any paper towel or any type of toilet paper into it.
Otherwise, those toilet clogging incidents will just keep on going. But if that proves to be a habit that’s hard to break, switch to the single-ply toilet paper types. These ones are easier to flush straight into the sewer than the 2-ply variants.
4. Poor ventilation
Drainage ventilation is a necessity for toilets to work flawlessly. If there isn’t enough airflow through the toilet vent, then flushing will always be an issue for you. Make sure that the toilet ventilation pipes are not clogged. Clear the pipe of blockages, such as old leaves, twigs, and similar debris. Be sure to check every other plumbing vent while you’re at it.
You’ll also know if the toilet vent is blocked if the sewer smells. Toilets that create a gurgling sound are also likely to have ventilation issues. Aside from clearing the toilet vent, try to ensure that the toilet drain system is cleared as well. It would be a good idea to get drain cleaning services for your sewer.
Of course, there’s also that option to purchase a drain cleaner so you can clear the drain line yourself. If you’re doing this, be sure to start with the toilet trap. It may not seem likely, but your problem might have started right there!
5. Hard water
If the water is too chlorinated, then it is referred to as hard water. It also means that the water has lots of other metals and minerals in it. These metals get deposited inside the toilet every time it is flushed. On the other hand, chlorine is commonly added to water to eliminate bacteria.
If this is the case with you, it might be best to buy a device that can soften the water. Replacing the drains may also work as well. This is a problem mostly encountered in rural areas. But try to test your water first if it’s too hard before investing in water softeners.
If you have a water heater, you will know if your water is soft or hard by looking inside the tank. Try to see if there are solids on the bottom or sides of the tank of your water heater. But that is hot water that you’re dealing with in there so be careful. If you do see deposits, then the water is considered hard.
This build-up on the water tank is caused by limescale and calcium deposits. You can’t do this though if you own one of those tankless water heaters. You might want to use a saucepan and start boiling water out of the faucet to see. Since you have the boiling water ready, you may use it for flushing too. It helps clear toilet clogs as well!
6. Sewer line issues
Sometimes, the problem is not in your toilet but in the main sewer line. If you have checked everything in your bathroom and the problem with your clogged toilet remains, it might be time to see if the problem is outdoors. You might have a clogged sewer line. If so, it could be the right time to evaluate your entire home’s plumbing system.
In case you’re not familiar with how the sewer lines work, you may want to consult with a professional plumber. They will be able to check the sewer lines for you and inform you if there’s anything that needs to be fixed with it, from the toilet trap all the way to the sewer. A sewer clog is not easy to fix, so don’t hesitate to call the pros!
These are just some of the most common reasons why toilets get clogged. It is always best to have your toilet checked for toilet clogs occasionally to prevent major issues with it. Remember that any problem that is rectified immediately is easier to solve, especially when it comes to sewer issues.
Plumbers are your best friends when it comes to getting rid of any type of toilet clog. Leave your woes to these professionals and make going to the toilet a wonderful experience each time. With a reliable residential or commercial plumbing service, you don’t have to deal with toilet clogs at all!
Hi! I’m Liana and I’m a mom of two. I’ve been working in home improvement for the past ten years and I love it! I’m always looking for ways to make my home more beautiful and functional. If you’re looking for some great home improvement tips, be sure to check out my blog!