Clogged toilets are a common problem for many Oshawa area homeowners. Sometimes, remedies like plungers work to remove the obstruction, but other times, the clog persists no matter what you do. Don’t risk an overflow. Call our plumbers for help at the first sign of trouble.
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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs
Dealing with a clogged toilet can be a real headache, and depending on the severity of the clog, it can hamper your family’s life by not having bathroom access. The best way to deal with a clog is to stop them before they happen, and here are a few tips to help you avoid toilet trouble.
- Too Much Toilet Paper: If you’re one of those people who uses a lot of toilet paper, try flushing waste first then the toilet paper to avoid stuffing the drain all at once.
- Flushing Non-Flushable Waste: Experts recommend that you only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Beware of flushing things like feminine hygiene products, hair, and even personal wipes that advertise as flushable.
- Hair: In the bathroom, hair is the primary cause of drain clogs. Don’t clean your comb or hairbrush over the toilet; put the hair into the trash instead.
Being cautious about what you flush down the toilet is the best way to keep your toilet in good working order.
When Do You Need Toilet Replacement?
Most homeowners don’t think much about their toilets until something happens and they fail. However, it’s wise to maintain your plumbing to keep everything in shape and functioning correctly. An outdated or malfunctioning toilet is frustrating and can cost you money in wasted water. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your aging toilet.
- Persistent Clogs: Many older low-flow toilets lack sufficient suction to remove waste, which causes clogging thoroughly. If your toilet clogs frequently, consider upgrading to a more powerful model.
- Cracks: Aging toilets often crack, which leads to water leaks. Water leaks not only cost you money in wasted water, but it can damage your flooring.
- Age: Many old toilets cost you money every time you flush because they’re inefficient and use more water than necessary. Modern toilets save water without sacrificing flushing power.
If you think it’s time to replace a toilet, call Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services today.
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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet
It’s common for people to panic when the toilet doesn’t flush; however, before you do, try one of these methods to restore function.
- Plunger: The tried-and-true plunger is the go-to tool that removes most clogs. The best plunger to have next to your toilet is one with a flange because it forms a tighter seal for more effective clog removal.
- Baking Soda & Vinegar: If you don’t have a plunger, try using baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet, then after a few minutes, pour in two cups of vinegar to soften the clog.
- Wet/Dry Vac: For stubborn clogs that plungers don’t fix, try a wet/dry vacuum.
- Call a Plumber: If every other method fails, or you have a clog that returns soon after fixing, it’s time to call in the experts for professional help.