Toilet clogs are probably one of the most common plumbing problems you will face. However, when the occasional clog turns into a frequent issue, there may be more complicated problems that need to be addressed.
Improper Waste Disposal
Improper waste disposal is a major issue contributing to clogs. Two items that are commonly viewed as safe for toilets are flushable wipes and tampons. Although these items were generally viewed as safe for toilets, over time, they have been considered to be unsafe to flush down the toilet. Both flushable wipes and tampons should be thrown into the trash. If it is essential to flush these items, it is better to flush these items one at a time and not with other products, such as toilet paper. Flushing one item at a time increases the chances of the item making it through the pipes and not getting stuck. You may not think about what goes down the drain in the kitchen affecting the toilet, but it can. Allowing grease and oil to go down the drain can cause widespread issues with plumbing throughout your household.
Not all toilets are created equal in terms of their ability to avoid clogs. One of the major defenses against clogs is having a toilet with a powerful flush. If it is possible, you might want to switch to a vacuum or power-assisted toilet because they are more forceful when flushed and less likely to clog. One of the most effective toilets is a macerating or up-flush toilet. These toilets are difficult to clog because they break up waste before it goes into the pipes. Some toilets also incorporate a dual-flush mode, so you are not using the most water and power unless it is needed.
Not flushing problem items or having the most powerful toilet doesn't mean anything if you have bad pipes. In some instances, clogs are caused by corroded or deteriorating pipes, especially in older homes. As the pipes crumble, they can prevent toilet waste from going through the pipe. You should periodically have a plumber check the plumbing both inside and outside your home. Although the pipes inside your home might be fine, pipes outside or going into the sewer can be the problem. Generally, plumbers can check these areas with a camera to see what, if anything, is a problem and needs to be replaced.
If frequent toilet clogs are causing you problems, you should start by changing what you flush down the toilet. When changing your behavior doesn't help, there are likely more significant problems that need to be addressed by a plumber.
Reach out to a local plumber to learn more.