How to Fix a Clogging Toilet Once and For All

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Many toilet plumbing issues arise from non-flushable materials clogging drain lines, including Q-tips and cotton balls, that cannot be flushed away with regular drain maintenance. Clogs may also occur as the result of broken sewer lines that allow debris into your home’s drain lines causing constant blockages.

Just like sinks have P-traps, toilets contain S-traps which capture foreign materials to prevent them from going down your sewer line and creating serious blockages. A few simple troubleshooting steps often help eliminate issues with these traps.

Steps to fix a clogging toilet

Use a Plunger

Toilets that continually become clogged up may be caused by blockages further along. Your drain lines carry waste from sinks, tubs and toilets into your sewer line – where it then travels onwards towards your municipal sewage removal system (or septic system). If a clog stretches all the way to the sewer line itself, professional help might be required to properly unclog it.

Plunging their toilet may be their initial reaction when they discover a clog, which can be an effective strategy if they have access to one. Just be mindful that too much pressure on the plunger handle could force air bubbles into your plumbing system, further compounding its difficulties and making your clog even harder to clear away.

Start by donning rubber gloves and positioning the plunger head tightly against the drain opening of your toilet. Press down in short, sharp strokes until your clog has been eliminated; use your garden hose to flush out your vent to ensure complete pipe clearance.

If plunging is unsuccessful, try using a chemical drain cleaner. Make sure it’s designed specifically for your toilet, then follow its application instructions to get maximum benefit from these products containing enzymes or bacteria that break down waste in your pipes so it can pass freely without creating an obstruction in their path. This should eliminate your clog!

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If you prefer using non-chemical solutions on your toilet, a homemade drain cleaner that’s easier on pipes can be made. Simply pour a mixture of hot water, baking soda and vinegar down your drain and wait for its effects.

If these methods fail to unclog your toilet, it may be time to contact a plumber. A plumber will have access to tools like an auger that can reach deep into your drain pipe and clear away any blockages; additionally, they may use acid solutions which break down any remaining obstructions in your sewer lines.

Try a Snake

If plunging fails to clear away a toilet’s blockage, try using a snake instead to unclog its drainholes. Also known as plumber’s auger or closet snake, these long, spiral-shaped cables can reach into even the tiniest of toilet drain holes and often do the job where plungers fail. Available at most hardware stores and generally costing less than $10 to rent (or buy outright), snakes may offer an effective solution.

To use a snake safely, turn off your toilet’s water so as to not flood the room while working on it. Clear the area around your toilet just in case some leakage should occur while working, and wear rubber gloves as protection while working. Also ensure that you feel confident using ladders with someone there to assist with climbing up and down them safely.

Toilet snakes consist of long, flexible cables sheathed in tubes with coiled tips that enter drains, as well as handles to extend or shorten them as necessary. When resistance is encountered when turning the handle or retracting/extending cable length, this indicates hard obstructions are being encountered and you should try jiggling its head or retracting/extending cable length to break through them or push through them as appropriate to break up or push through them.

If your toilet still clogs after using the snake, it may be time to seek professional assistance. Also consider consulting a plumber if there’s any doubt as to whether its cause lies elsewhere – possibly an issue in your sewer line that needs professional repairs. Clogs in your sewer lines should never be ignored as they can lead to serious drainage problems in your home and additional issues.

Some signs of clogged drains include toilet gurgling noises, sewer smells in the home and drainage problems elsewhere in your property. A professional can inspect your toilet, p-trap and sewer lines for signs of obstruction before performing repairs as necessary and offering tips to keep future clogs at bay by offering tips for keeping these components clean.

Try a Drain Cleaner

If the toilet has become repeatedly blocked, a stronger solution could be required. Pouring commercial drain cleaner as per its label may help dislodge blockages; or alternatively you could combine household items to make your toilet drain slippery by mixing hot water with liquid dish soap to create a slimy mixture which could break up obstructions and clear your toilet drains.

repairing clogging lines to fix clogging toilet

Unclog your toilet by climbing up on your roof and using a drain auger – this tool may work when plunging and snakes don’t do the job! An auger has the capability of breaking through tough materials like hair and soap scum that clog drains.

Blockage of the toilet vent can also contribute to persistently clogged toilets; they allow fresh air into plumbing lines and build pressure for strong flushes. You can frequently clear clogged vents by climbing onto your roof and spraying water down it – though in extreme cases a professional may need to come in to clear the obstruction for you.

A toilet’s trap is designed to catch items and prevent further blockages of sewer lines. While most homeowners are unaware that toilets feature S-traps similar to sink P-traps, which may become clogged due to excessive toilet paper use, flushing foreign objects into the bowl, or low flush pressure.

A clogged trap may be caused by excessive toilet paper usage or inadvertent flushing of foreign objects; excessive tissue use, foreign object flushing or low flush pressure could all play a part in creating blockages; should this happen frequently try reducing your usage or using a flanged plunger to try clearing it up or use of an auger for better results if the problem remains.

Maintenance will help to prevent many of the common issues that lead to toilet clogging, but if yours persists despite these efforts it might be time for professional help. A skilled plumber can diagnose the issue and suggest the most efficient course of action before quickly fixing any issues so you can return to your regular life routines.

Hire a Plumber

If your toilet keeps clogging despite DIY attempts, it may be time to call in professional help. Clogs are more than a nuisance–they can actually cause significant damage to your plumbing system and home’s sewer line.

Professional plumbers can quickly diagnose the source of the clog and use an auger or plumbing snake to dislodge it from your drain lines. Furthermore, they may use camera inspection of drain lines to make sure it is all cleared away completely.

Clogs may seem impossible to resolve quickly, which is why it’s wise to try DIY solutions before calling in a plumber. Clogs typically form slowly over time and a plunger or other tools may help dislodge one-time blockages from developing into permanent ones – however recurring clogs will require professional removal from your pipes in order to clear away.

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An often-cited cause of clogged toilets is an issue with their sewer lines. Every toilet, sink, tub and washroom in your house connect to this main sewer line which carries waste out of your home and into a municipal or septic system for disposal.

Over time, your sewer lines can become blocked due to what you flush down them (like excess toilet paper or non-flushable items) as well as external factors like tree roots infiltrating or breaks in the system allowing dirt and debris into it.

Another factor leading to clogged toilets is a blocked vent. A blocked vent can prevent the passage of water between the tank and bowl, leading to slow drains and eventual clogs. This may be caused by anything from old low-flow toilets not having enough pressure for flushing waste through their trap to hard water with higher mineral content that tends to buildup more quickly in pipes.

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