A clogged toilet just so happens to be the leading bathroom plumbing problem within a household. There are several reasons that your toilet may be clogged. First and foremost, you might have a low-flow toilet design to save water. Because of such low-water pressure, these acquire clogs more often than average. Otherwise, someone most likely tried to force non-flushable items down the drain and caused a clogged commode. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!
How can I prevent my toilet from clogging?
In reality, it all comes down to proper flushing. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If you’re only flushing toilet paper, try to avoid large amounts at one time. If needed, try double-flushing. Household toilets can only handle so much in one flush and breaking it up into small increments will absolutely help to prevent clogs. You should also be very mindful about flushing things that are not meant to be flushed. For example, try your best to avoid paper towels, feminine products. cleaning wipes, etc.. Flushing common items down the toilet can lead to permanent damage and cause lots of trouble for your septic system.
How can I fix a clogged toilet at home?
The most common method is using a plunger. Shocker, right? Place the cup of the plunger over your toilet drain and push and pull vertically while applying pressure. As a rule of thumb, repeat this action for at least 20 seconds to ensure proper suction. If you don’t have a plunger at home, there are a few other methods you can try:
- Dish Soap. Pour about a 1/2 cup of dish soap into the water and try to flush again. Because the soap is so slippery, it can help to move whatever may be stuck.
- Boiling water. Put a pot of water on to boil and once it is steaming hot, pour the entirety of it into your toilet and try to flush. The heat often helps to break up toilet paper and other similar substances.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet and immediately follow with one cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to fizz for at least 20 minutes and then try to flush.
While all of these at-home methods can help to fight minor clogs, major clogs need to be handled by a professional. When all else fails, call our certified plumbers here at Flo Guard for quick and exceptional service!