How to Prevent Blocked Toilets

One of the most annoying and common plumbing problems in any household are blocked toilets. Chances are you’ve already come across this nuisance at least once in your life. Unblocking the toilet isn’t rocket science; you just get a plunger and start suctioning out the blockage. Well, if that doesn’t work then you can use a drain snake. In case the drain snake still doesn’t get the job done then you need to bring in the plumber.

Fortunately, the occurrences of blocked toilets can be drastically lessened or stopped if you know its common causes. This article will tackle how you — the average homeowner — will be able to prevent this plumbing problem from occurring.

By flushing human excrement and toilet paper only

It’s easy not to bother with what you flush in the toilet. After all, what’s a few cotton buds or wipes for the pipe system. Actually, those cotton buds, wipes, and other random stuff you chug down the toilet can actually become part of a major blockage. Of course, you can easily ignore the items you flush since it won’t immediately affect the toilet.

It takes time for the items to clutter and block the pipeline. By that time, you will finally notice what you’ve been doing wrong the whole time. Toilet paper can be safe to flush since its size reduces instantly when it becomes wet. Not to mention it decomposes at a fast rate so it won’t be able to block the pipes. However, too much toilet paper will definitely cause a blockage, so be careful how much you flush into the toilet.

Flush twice if necessary

Yes, flushing twice isn’t really the most environmentally friendly advice but it’s necessary in certain situations. You see, there are cases in which one single flush isn’t enough for big flushing jobs. It’s really advisable to flush twice if the wastes can’t be broken down with just a single flush.

Anyway, since we’re already talking about flushing, let’s discuss some toilet features. You may be familiar with dual flush toilets. These toilets give you two flush options: one of which uses minimal water for liquid wastes. The other one is the stronger flush selection; intended for the tougher and solid wastes. If you’re planning to purchase this type of toilet, go for high quality brands. Some cheap dual flush toilets have a very weak flush — causing blockage problems later on.

Root of the problem

Frequent obstructions and drain backups can be a sign of a more sinister problem within your sewer system. There are situations in which a blockage in the sewer line is causing problems for your toilet. Keep in mind that the toilet has a direct line to the sewer system so anything wrong with the sewer pipes will definitely affect the toilet — particularly blockage problems. There are many reasons for the sewer line to become blocked. The reasons include: overgrown roots, broken pipes, soil and mud filling up a broken pipe, and many more. Doing a sewer line inspection is advisable in order to find the cause of the sewer line issue.