A clogged toilet can be a source of frustration in any household. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also be embarrassing if you have guests over. Clogs can also cause expensive plumbing problems down the line. Fortunately, most toilet clogs are preventable with a little bit of knowledge and care. Here are five of the most common reasons why your toilet may be getting clogged and how you can fix it.

Trying to Flush Non-Flushables

The number one reason for toilet clogs is flushing things that shouldn't be flushed down the toilet. Non-flushable items such as wet wipes, cotton balls, and diapers can quickly clog your toilet. To avoid this issue, always throw non-flushable items in the trash.

Using Too Much Toilet Paper

Using too much toilet paper is another cause of toilet clogs. While it may be tempting to take a few extra squares, using an excessive amount can easily create a blockage. Instead, try using less toilet paper and flushing more frequently or reducing the amount of toilet paper you use to begin with.

Mineral Buildup

Over time, minerals from hard water can accumulate in your toilet's pipes and cause a blockage. You can identify this type of clog by looking for a recurring clog in the same place in your toilet, such as the bowl or trap. To fix this, use a toilet cleaner with a high concentration of acid to dissolve mineral buildup. If the problem persists, consider installing a water softener.

Flushing Large Objects

Flushing large objects such as feminine hygiene products, dental floss, or toilet bowl cleaners can quickly cause a blockage. Instead of flushing them, dispose of these items in the garbage.

Old or Low-Flow Toilets

If you have an older or low-flow toilet, it may not have enough flushing power to clear waste effectively. This can lead to frequent clogs, and even require you to flush multiple times to clear the bowl. Consider replacing your toilet with a newer, more powerful one, or invest in a plunger to help clear out clogs.

Old and Worn out Plumbing

Over time, your plumbing system and pipes may become old and worn out, causing the flow of water to be restricted. This can lead to a clogged toilet, among other problems. It may be necessary to conduct a plumbing checkup and replace old plumbing to avoid future clogs.

While toilet clogs can be inconvenient and frustrating, they are almost always preventable. By following these five tips, you can minimize the chances of a clog and keep your toilet running smoothly. If you're ever in doubt or are experiencing persistent clogs, don't hesitate to contact a plumbing contractor for help. 

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