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Problems with Frequent Clogs in the Toilet?

Did you know that on average an individual uses the toilet between six and eight times a day? It’s no wonder that clogs in a toilet can sometimes be a problem. To help you understand how clogs happen, Rapid-Rooter answers four frequently asked questions.

How do clogs happen?

If you’ve never seen the plumbing structure of a toilet, you may wonder why toilets are prone to getting clogged. The plumbing system contains several bends in the line. Everything that is flushed down the toilet has to navigate its way through the pipes. While it is easy for water to switch directions, it isn’t always so easy for foreign objects and debris to do the same. Hard, bulky, or stick-like objects often get stuck in one of the bends. As long as they are stuck, they can trap waste, paper, and other objects that try to flow past them. Until they move and slip down the drain, they will often cause a clogged toilet .

Where do clogs happen?

Clogs in toilets generally occur in the following locations:

  • The toilet’s own p-trap
  • The flange where the toilet sits on the floor
  • The bend in the pipe underneath the floor, often referred to as the closet bend
  • The place where the floor pipe in the floor joins the vertical pipe in the wall; often referred to as the sanitary tee

What causes most clogs?

Toilets were designed to handle only two types of things: moderate amounts of disposable toilet paper and human waste. Anything else that is flushed down the toilet can cause clogged clog. The most common problems include the following:

  • Too much toilet paper
  • Tampon and tampon applicators
  • Facial wipes and baby wipes
  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Grease and food
  • Small objects such as toys, toothbrushes, or razors

What causes perpetual clogs?

Toilet clogs that recur frequently may be the result of a different problem than those listed above. They could actually stem from problems deeper in your sewer line. A simple test is to check the other drains in your house. Check showers, other toilets, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, and the washing machine. If all of them empty slowly or tend to get backed up, chances are good that you have a problem deeper in the line. For example, a tree root could have penetrated the sewer line somewhere in the middle of the yard. As tree roots grow, they obstruct the flow of water and debris. If you suspect a problem such as this, you can get a video camera inspection of your sewer line. The video inspection will identify the exact nature and location of tree roots or other problems with the plumbing system and give you the information needed to fix it.

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