Common Causes of a Blocked Toilet
Clogged toilets are unpleasant and inconvenient, to say the least. If you’re dealing with a blocked toilet, it’s important to address the problem quickly, find out why the toilet clogged and take action to prevent future occurrences. Here are some of the most common causes of a blocked toilet to help you find the problem, and a solution - fast.
Top Toilet Blockage CausesMain Drain Clogs: An obstruction in your home’s main drain can also be the cause of a backed up toilet. An experienced plumber can examine your drainpipes, isolate the cause and location of the clog and offer a remedy. Main drain clogs aren’t necessarily caused by improper use of your pipes, but by a buildup of leaves, rocks, sludge, tree roots and other debris over time.
Excessive Toilet Paper: Too much toilet paper is a common cause of a backup, either as a result of toilet paper that doesn’t disintegrate well or because a child is using a little too much. Plungers can generally remove these types of clogs, but toilet paper can combine with other debris to form a bigger obstruction. Severe clogs will need the assistance of an experienced plumber to open the sewage pipes and remove the clog.
Kids Contributions: Small kids are fascinated with watching their belongings circle the bowl and disappear down the drain, which is why you should be proactive in talking to your kids about toilet etiquette. The usual items thrown in are toys, food and even the toilet brush, which can cause major issues when flushed.
Hairy Situation: Large clumps of hair or pet fur can both cause a toilet clog. If you have the habit of flushing the hair from your brushes down the toilet, it’s time to stop. If your toilet is clogged by repeated flushing of clumps of hair, you’ll need a professional plumber to snake the drain.
Non-Flushable Items: Adults can also be guilty of clogging the pipes with non-flushable items. Feminine products, hair, paper towels, wipes, and other items are commonly mistaken as “flushable”. Even products which are marketed as being flushable can still lead to clogged pipes. Keeping the area above the tank clear can also help to eliminate the risk of accidentally flushing foreign objects. Oh, and take your phone out of your back pocket before visiting the bathroom.
Leach Line Congestion: Homes which utilise a septic tank, use leach lines to filter water out of the tank and into the ground. The cycle can be disrupted if the leach lines become blocked by sludge or non-decomposable material. If left untreated, this can cause the whole system to back up. A plumber can clear the inlet and outlet baffles after pumping out the septic tank.
Maintenance Plumbers AucklandCalling a plumber at the first sign of a problem can help you avoid unhygienic side effects and effectively diagnose the cause of the toilet blockage. If you’re experiencing periodic toilet blockage, then contact Redsea Plumbing in Auckland for expert assistance today.