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A Blog About Clogs—Toilet Troubles

A Blog About Clogs—Toilet Troubles

You go to the bathroom during a quick break at work, when all of a sudden you encounter the dreaded toilet clog. The toilet is one of the most used fixtures—from your home to your office—yet backups are rarely discussed due to embarrassment. This leads to a common lack of knowledge regarding how to get out of this awkward situation. At Parson’s Plumbing, we understand the headache and the panic that accompanies toilet troubles and we want to relieve this anxiety. So, here are the common toilet clogging culprits, how to remedy the situation, and how to prevent clogs from happening again.

Why Is My Toilet Clogged?

Too Much Toilet Paper

Sometimes it is as simple as too much at once. If you flush a couple of times and still see some toilet paper sticking out, you need to grab a plunger. This is a surface level clog and you will be able to handle this situation solo. First, you need to turn your toilet’s water supply off. A valve on the back of the toilet will adjust this for you, simply turn the valve to the right. Second, grab your plunger and with repetitive up and down motions, your clog should disappear. Remember to restore water to the toilet before leaving the bathroom!

Outdated Toilet

When you installed that low-flow toilet twenty years back, you were doing a good deed; however, that same toilet may be the reason you are in this sticky situation. Early generations of low-flow toilets are known to lack power. As a result, they have trouble properly flushing waste. If your toilet was made between 1994 to 1997, it is likely that this is the source of your toilet clogging problem. If you want to hold off on purchasing a new toilet, try using thinner toilet paper and avoid flushing anything but waste down your toilet. If you are still experiencing clogs after implementing these changes, purchasing a new toilet is your best option.

Flushed Foreign Objects

Your toilet is meant to flush two things, and only two things: toilet paper and human waste. While it may look as though other items such as paper towels, baby wipes, dental floss, and feminine hygiene products can go down your toilet, they can’t! They will get stuck in your drain pipe. If the clog is deep enough, you will need to call a professional plumber to remove it.

Jam in the Trap

You’ll get a backup if there’s an object stuck in your toilet’s trap. A trap is the curved part of your fixture that is designed to keep harmful sewer gases from entering your home’s air. If the clog is in the trap, you will need professional assistance, as a normal plunger will not remove this type of blockage.

Sewer Line Problem

If you are experiencing repetitive clogs in multiple toilets, you probably have a larger buildup of waste, toilet paper, and non-flushable items in your main sewer line. Tree roots may also enter your sewer line, causing serious damage. Hire a trusted plumber to conduct sewer line repair.

When to Call a Professional

Your toilet trouble can range from a minor annoyance to a large-scale plumbing emergency. While some clogs can be resolved with a handy dandy plunger, it’s important to know when to call a plumber. A minor clog could link back to a larger underlying concern regarding your home’s overall plumbing system. If you are unable to identify the origin of the problem or can’t clear the issue on your own, help is only one phone call away.

Let the experts at Parson’s Plumbing, LLC assist you today! With over 60 years of experience in the plumbing industry, we have a solution to virtually any toilet-related issue. We are even available 24/7 so you can count on us for emergencies. Contact us online or give us a call at (318) 562-4671 to schedule an appointment!

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