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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

February 21, 2022

Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

Toilet clogs are among the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Luckily, they are preventable, especially when you know what causes them.

At Beall Contracting, we’ve compiled some of the common causes of toilet clogs to help you prevent them.

  • You Have an Older Low Flow Toilet

Old generation, low-flow toilets may not provide enough pressure to flush everything down the drain due to their poor design. If you have older low-flow toilets and you’re experiencing persistent clogs, it’s best to replace them with a newer model.

  • Hard Water

Hard water is known to leave mineral deposits on plumbing pipes over time leading to the narrowing of pipe openings. If minerals get deposited in your toilet's plumbing, they can restrict the flow of waste leading to clogs.

  • Too Much Toilet Paper

Although tissue paper dissolves quickly, using too much of it can lead to clogging. Besides, some types of toilet paper are too thick and may not break down easily. Toilet clogs caused by too much toilet paper or using the wrong toilet paper can be resolved by a toilet plunger or drain snake.

  • Blocked Toilet Vent

Toilets are connected to a vent that exits through the roof whose purpose is to circulate fresh air to prevent odors inside your home and prevent air pressure problems. Your toilet vent can get filled with leaves and other debris, leading to the loss of flushing pressure. You’ll know your toilet vent is blocked if you notice gurgling noises coming from your toilet and sewer smells.

  • Flushing Non-Flushable Items

Non-flushable items that make their way into toilets are among the leading causes of clogged toilets. Toilets are designed to handle human waste, toilet paper, and wastewater only. Everything else shouldn't be flushed down the toilet. Non-flushable items such as cotton balls, feminine products, flushable wipes, unused meds, cooking oils & fats, cleaning products, tampons, dental floss, paper towels, and cotton swabs do not dissolve like toilet paper, so they're more likely to get stuck and clog your toilet.

  • Low Water Levels

If the toilet tank is not filling up fully, you won’t get enough water flowing into the bowl when you flush. Low water levels in the toilet tank can be caused by blocked vents, a cracked toilet bowl, or an incorrectly adjusted float.

Are You in Need of Toilet Repair Service in Your Home or Business? Look No Further Than Beall Contracting

Perhaps your toilet is clogged, some parts are damaged and need to be replaced, or it’s time to replace your old toilet with a new one. When you’re in need of toilet repair or toilet replacement in your home or business, it’s advisable to work with an experienced plumbing company. At Beall Contracting, we take pride in providing dependable plumbing repair service to accommodate the needs of our residential and commercial customers.

Whether you're in need of toilet repair, drain cleaning, sewer repair, water heater repair, or toilet replacement, our skilled plumbers in Cranberry Township have the knowledge, experience, and advanced tools to get the job done.