5 Most Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

Water conservation laws enacted in the 1990s reduced the quantity of water used to flush a toilet from five gallons to less than two gallons! This has resulted in toilets clogging more easily and more often. The Coquitlam Drainage Experts at High Mark Plumbing offer advice to help you minimize the potential for your toilets to clog.

1. Courtesy Flush – the primary cause of toilet clogs is toilet paper. If you tend toward using large quantities of toilet paper, it is best to first flush the waste then follow with a flush to remove the toilet paper. Also, it is best to use toilet paper folded to provide the desired thickness, rather than creating a ball. The tightly bound balls of toilet paper often are too large to fit through the narrow diameter trap. Sometimes, waiting for the paper to disintegrate to loosen the clump is a potential solution. The Coquitlam Toilet Experts advise that prevention is most certainly the best course of action. By minimizing toilet paper used and breaking the “balling” habit, you can virtually eliminate toilet paper clogs. Should waiting for the paper to dissolve/soften not be an option, the next best course of action is to give that clog a good plunge – making certain to use a toilet plunger! Especially stubborn clogs may require bringing in the professionals to snake the drain. The specialists at High Mark Plumbing can clear any clog from your Coquitlam toilet.

2. Feminine Hygiene – sanitary napkins (pads) and tampons are a common cause of toilet clogs. Because tampons are designed to absorb moisture and expand to fit a woman’s vaginal canal, the product will do just that in the trap. Additionally, most sanitary napkins have plastic linings that will not dissolve and the shear size of most pads prevent passage through the narrow diameter trap. Should your toilet become clogged by feminine hygiene products, the only sure fix is to snake the drain to remove the offending product. Again – High Mark Plumbing’s experts advise that never flushing the products (or the tampon applicators) is most definitely the best solution!

3. Hair – large clumps of human hair or pet fur can both cause your toilet to clog. If you have developed the habit of flushing the hair from your brushes down the toilet – break the habit today! If your toilet is clogged by repeated flushing of clumps of hair, the best solution is to have the Toilet Experts from High Mark Plumbing snake the clog.

4. OOPS! – perhaps the most stubborn clogs are caused when errant objects are accidentally flushed. Think: toothbrush falls off sink; little Johnny (or Sally) drops a toy; a razor drops in while you’re shaving. So, the last thing you may want to do is go fishing in your toilet, but, that’s the best solution! Although there are times when such items are flushed before you even realize – chances are, if large enough, the item will cause a toilet clog nearly instantaneously. The toothbrush may seem to go through, but can act as a paper trap and eventually clog the toilet. Snaking the toilet’s drain is the only way to remove “hard clogs.”

5. Fresheners – another “hard clog” item is toilet fresheners. If you use the type freshener that hangs over the rim of the toilet, the hooks can deteriorate over time and the freshener will fall in the toilet. Choose a freshener that is more stable or is placed in the tank to avoid this problem. Snaking the toilet’s drain is the only way to remove a flushed freshener.