The Toilet Keeps Clogging? 7 Causes and Fixes


Your toilet keeps clogging and you want to know what to do. You've already used a plunger or even called a plumber, but it's back again. A one-time clog is annoying. But a clog that keeps coming back is a serious problem. 

In this guide, we'll explore the seven common reasons your toilet keeps clogging and provide effective solutions to bring relief.

Flushing The Wrong Things Down The Toilet

Whether you're a parent navigating the challenges of little ones or an adult absentmindedly disposing of the wrong items, flushing non-flushable items down the toilet is a common cause of persistent clogs. Items like wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, tissues, and so-called "flushable" wipes should be kept out of your toilet bowl.

Remember that the only 2 things that should go down the toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Even though some products claim to be flushable, don't flush them down the toilet.

Using Too Much Toilet Paper

If someone in your household uses too much toilet paper, this can lead to major clogging issues. Investigate and address the culprit who's using an excessive amount of toilet paper to prevent recurrent clogs.

You Need To Fix Your Flapper

The flapper plays a crucial role in facilitating a smooth flush. If it doesn't lift adequately, your toilet may not have sufficient water flow to clear the waste. Luckily, fixing a flapper is a straightforward DIY project. Ensure it lifts fully by observing its movement when flushing and consider consulting a plumber if needed.

Mineral Buildup In The Toilet

After addressing the flapper, turn your attention to the age of your toilet. Mineral deposits can accumulate, hindering the efficiency of your flush. Conduct a simple test by pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. If the flush is weak, it might be time to replace your aging toilet or consult a plumber for advice.

The Clog Is Relocating

Clogs can be persistent and relocate within your plumbing system. Although a plunger may work initially, consider using an auger if the clog keeps resurfacing. For stubborn cases, enlist the expertise of a plumber equipped with the right tools, including a plumbing snake or camera inspection.

Something Is Caught In the Toilet Trap

The plumbing trap serves a vital role in preventing unwanted odors, but it can become a source of recurrent clogs if something is lodged within. While using a plunger might offer temporary relief, it's crucial to have a professional inspect and address the issue, especially if it requires removing the toilet.

Your Toilet Keeps Clogging Due To Underlying Pipe Problems

Think of your pipes as arteries. Over time your arteries can develop plaque. Plaque buildup restricts the flow of your blood, which leads to health problems.

In the same way, your pipes can build up its own version of "plaque". Grease, calcium and household cleaning chemicals can build up in your pipes over time. This buildup restricts the flow of water, which also leads to more clogs.

If you live in an older house and face persistent toilet clogs, consider a hydro-jetting service to clear out accumulated grease, calcium, and household cleaning residue from your pipes.

Clogged Plumbing Vent Preventing Water From Draining

Although rare, a clogged plumbing vent can disrupt the essential flow of air into your pipes, affecting water drainage. If your toilet keeps clogging and all other possibilities have been ruled out, it's worth having a plumber inspect and clear your vent pipes.

Pro-Tech Can Help If your Toilet Keeps Clogging

If your toilet remains stubbornly prone to clogs, one or more of the reasons mentioned above may be the cause. While some solutions are manageable on your own, seeking the expertise of a professional plumber, like the friendly team at Pro-Tech, can ensure a thorough inspection using advanced tools such as cameras. By identifying the root cause, our plumbers can provide tailored solutions to eliminate the persistent issue. For immediate assistance, call our 24-hour service line at (877) 416-4727.

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