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Your Toilet Troubles: Answered

With an extension on shelter-in-place orders, comes more time at home, pushing your plumbings’ much-needed break back once again. Working around the clock, your plumbing can become stressed and teeter towards breakdown. It is not used to 24/7 use, and it is definitely unaccustomed to the alternative toilet paper products people are attempting to flush down their drains. So, if you encounter a clogged toilet, or you have been battling consecutive clogging throughout the pandemic, here’s what you need to do:

Use Less Toilet Paper

When it comes to toilet paper, less is more. Overloading your toilet with toilet paper can lead to a surface level clog. Yes, toilet paper is manufactured to break down in your plumbing; however, there is a limit to how much it can handle at once. If you have flushed too much toilet paper down your toilet, you will see toilet paper sticking out of your drain, even after a few flushes. In this situation, you will need to grab that nifty tool that stands beside your toilet—the plunger.

Before you begin plunging, turn your water supply to the affected toilet off. This can be done by locating the valve behind your toilet and turning it to the right. Then, you can grab your plunger. Make sure you press hard to establish a tight seal and begin making repetitive motions back and forth. This should resolve your clog! Restore water to your toilet and you should be good to go!

Upgrade Your Toilet

If your bathroom houses a toilet made between 1994 and 1997, it is recommended that you install a new one. Toilet manufacturers at this time were experimenting with low-flow capabilities and missed the mark. These products were known to lack power; and, if you still have one of these installed in your home, it is likely the reason you are encountering clogs.

If you want to hold off on purchasing a new toilet until after these challenging times, try using thinner ply toilet paper, and remember to never flush anything but waste and toilet paper down your toilet. If these hacks do not work, it’s time for a new toilet.

Don’t Flush Miscellaneous Objects

Your toilet is manufactured to flush three things: water, waste, and toilet paper. Anything else going down your drain can become the source of a clog. While many people have turned to baby wipes, paper towels, and other paper goods, as toilet paper substitutes, these products will prove detrimental to your plumbing.

Foreign objects, such as these, will likely become lodged in your drain pipe and you’ll need to hire a professional plumber for clog removal. Remember to keep all extraneous items away from your drains! And, if you have young kids, keep an eye on them when they are in the bathroom, they love to throw toys, clips, and other found items down the toilet.

Check Your Trap

A clog can lead to sewage backup. When you encounter a backup, you’ll know, as waste is flowing the wrong way in your system, coming back up your drains and into your home. This can result from a clog in your toilets’ trap.

The trap in your appliance is a curved shaped pipe that is typically filled with water to create a seal between sewer gases and your home, preventing odors from spreading. If you have a clog in your trap, a plunger will not relieve it. Contact a professional plumbing technician to restore proper function.

Observe Your Sewer Line

It’s time to check your sewer line if you are encountering repetitive clogs throughout your home. It is possible that toilet paper, waste, and other non-flushable items have accumulated and formed a clog in your main sewer line. Tree roots may also be the culprit of a clogged sewer; however, this would manifest itself in a more severe manner, as tree roots typically break piping. You will likely need sewer line inspection and repairs to remove your clog and restore proper water and waste flow within your plumbing system.

For your plumbing services, contact Epic Plumbing at (281) 815-2322. We are open and available for all of your plumbing needs. As a result of the pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions to keep our customers and technicians safe. From installations to repairs, we are here to help! 

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