Most any problem with your plumbing system is going to be an inconvenience. A clogged sink will make it difficult to get anything done in the kitchen and, a leaking shower head can make your water bill much bigger than it needs to be. But, a malfunctioning toilet is not just an inconvenience – it is an emergency.
Not only does it mean that no one in the home can use the toilet but, it can also mean a major mess all over the floor of your bathroom. The water damage that can happen from a toilet that clogs and overflows is of concern.
The best thing you can do it to understand why clogs happen, and then take steps to prevent them:
- When you clean your toilet bowl, make sure to raise the lid and the seat and look under the rim. After you have cleaned the grime away, if you notice a build-up on the holes that spray water out when you flush, then you need to get those clean also. If the water is not able to spray out of those holes like it’s supposed to, your bowl won’t have enough water to push all of the materials down the drain.
- If you are not the first owner of your home, it is possible that a small object could be stuck in the drain that is slowing the amount of water that makes it through the drain. Since you haven’t been the only family to live in the home, you won’t know that this object was flushed. You can easily clear your drain line by using a plumbing auger that can be purchased at any home improvement store.
- Your toilet is connected to a drain line that dumps into the sewer line and on to the municipal sewer treatment plant. If your toilet drain line is blocked or corroded, your toilet will repeatedly clog. To check this, you will need to have a professional inspection done by a plumbing to check the condition of your pipes.
If you have a toilet in your home that always seems to clog or, have trouble flushing efficiently, make sure to troubleshoot using these tips. The cause could be something as simple as a foreign object in the line or as difficult as a corroded drain line.