Easy Ways to Prevent Clogged Toilets

Why are the Toilets Always Clogged? 

The bathroom is one of the house's busiest rooms but doesn’t really get the appreciation it deserves. Most people spend lots of time in the bathroom using its various plumbing fixtures. It isn’t until something goes wrong that people start to pay attention, and one of the worst things that can go wrong is a clogged toilet. 

Clogged toilets can make nasty and embarrassing situations for everyone involved, so learning to prevent toilet clogs is in everyone’s best interest, not just homeowners. Here is a list of the three common causes of toilet clogs and how to avoid them. Learning the causes and implementing strategies to eliminate them can virtually eliminate the chance of suffering from a clogged toilet. 

Keep an Eye on What Gets Flushed

flushedWhen toilets are flushed, the water's turbulence helps break up waste and toilet paper, so it flows down the sewer line easier. Clogs are almost a certain consequence when things are flushed that don’t break up as easily. Only toilet paper should be flushed down a toilet. 

A few things that should never be flushed are:

  • Tissues
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton swabs or cotton balls
  • Paper towels 
  • Wipes, even if they are labeled “flushable”

Instead, people should discard these items in the garbage to prevent clogged toilets. Also, lowering the lid of the toilet prevents foreign objects from falling into the basin. 

Get in the Habit of Using Less Toilet Paper

toiletThe second common cause of a clogged toilet is using too much toilet paper. The clog occurs when there is too much toilet paper for the turbulence of the water to break up. The result is a tangled mess forced into the drain and sewer line without breaking up. This is becoming more common as families shift to low-flow toilets to save water. 

Instead of flushing too much toilet paper, get in the habit of using less toilet paper or flushing several times to split up the amount of toilet paper used. This prevents a clog of toilet paper from forming and ensures everything flushed down the toilet will properly break up and flow through sewer lines. 

Keep the Sewer Line Clear of Clogs 

All of the drains in a home eventually connect to one central line called the sewer line. The sewer line is responsible for delivering all the waste in a home to the municipal sewer lines so it can be treated. The sewer line must be able to handle everything that goes down the drain, so it’s no surprise that they will often clog due to bad habits among those in the household. Clogs in the sewer line are another cause of clogged toilets, so preventing sewer line clogs helps prevent clogged toilets.

Sewer line clogs most often form slowly over time. Grease and debris get stuck on sewer line walls and gradually reduce the flow of the sewer line. Practicing good habits for drains and toilets is a great start, but sometimes more is needed. Periodic professional drain cleaning can help eliminate drain and sewer line clogs before they start. 

About Quahog Plumbing

Quahog Plumbing has over 15 years of experience serving the residents of Somerset, MA, and the surrounding areas. They provide flat-rate pricing, same-day service, and the latest technology. Call them today for a clogged toilet repair in Somerset, MA.