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3 Tips for Preventing Toilet Clogs

Flush Away Bad Habits, Prevent Clogged Toilets

Clogged toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems. Sometimes, they are more than inconvenient because a bad clog can cause backflow and water damage to the home structure, not to mention the disgusting cleanup from such an incident. A toilet clogged frequently may be a perfectly functional commode, but a sewer line clog or bad household habits may contribute to the problem. This article will cover a few tips for preventing toilet clogs. 

Only Flush Toilet Paper

flushedFlushing the toilet is easy, and sometimes it's easy to put the wrong things down the toilet and not suffer the consequences right away. Even if something is flushed, it may not go all the way down to the sewer main. Things that shouldn’t be flushed can build up in the main drainage pipe and cause toilet clogs. Here are a few things that should never be flushed:

  • Wipes  (even if they say flushable)
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues

Again, flushing these things may not cause a problem immediately, but these items are not made to break down quickly in water like toilet paper. To prevent clogs, the only things someone should flush down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

Toilet Paper Usage

toiletMindful use of toilet paper has certainly come into focus since the shortages during the beginning of the pandemic, but it is an excellent practice to protect the plumbing too. Too much toilet paper being flushed at one time is probably the most common cause of stubborn toilet clogs. People can use a couple of methods to prevent toilet clogs from excessive use of toilet paper, including:

  • Use Less: Make sure people use however much toilet paper they pull off the roll and need, not overestimating how much they need. Using less saves money on toilet paper and helps prevent clogs.
  • The Multi-Flush: Sometimes, there is no way to use a small amount of toilet paper to get clean. In this case, a good way to prevent clogs is to use multiple flushes, flushing after using some toilet paper, then flushing again after using more. 

Keep Sewer Lines Running Smoothly

A sewer line clog can cause clogging issues throughout a home. As previously mentioned, when a sewer line has a clog, it can cause toilets and sinks throughout the house to clog repeatedly. Keeping the sewer main clean can prevent more problems than just clogged toilets. 

Professional plumbing maintenance is the best way to manage sewer lines. Plumbers have the proper tools to unclog a toilet and clear a sewer line clog. Drain snakes and hydro jetting are just some methods available to clear tough clogs. Plumbers can even use video inspection equipment to discover the root of problems in a sewer line.  Sewer lines should only be dealt with by a trained professional because a homeowner may misdiagnose the problem and make the situation even worse.

About Roman Plumbing Inc.

Roman Plumbing Inc. has 20 years of experience serving the residents of New Port Richey, FL, and the surrounding areas. They offer upfront pricing, personal attention, and easy scheduling. Call them today for sewer line and clogged toilet repairs in New Port Richey, FL