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Why Does My Toilet Keep Clogging?

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Problems With Your Plumbing in Olympia?

Are you having issues with a clogged toilet in Olympia, Washington? Don’t worry, the professional plumbers at John’s Plumbing and Pumps can help sort any plumbing issue you have, residential or commercial. In the meantime, here are a few things to watch out for if you have an often-clogged toilet.

6 Reasons Why Your Toilet Keeps Clogging

When one of your toilets keeps clogging, it’s frustrating for everyone in the home. However, there are several potential reasons why it may be clogging. Perhaps there is something you can do at home to prevent the toilet from clogging before having to call in the experts at John’s Plumbing and Pumps. Here are a few reasons why toilets tend to clog and what you can do to prevent them.

1. Your Toilet is Old

If you have an older, low flow toilet, chances are that it clogs more often than you’d like. Some models of older toilets do not create the pressure needed to consistently push materials through the trap and drain in your plumbing system. Poor pressure leads to more material left behind after every flush. This material often results in constant clogs.

Is My Toilet Affected?

Low flow toilets manufactured in the early to mid-1990s are most often the toilets most affected by this issue. If you have an older flow model, you can make upgrades throughout your home to increase the flush pressure and reduce the toilet clogs. When you call the professional plumbers at John’s Plumbing and Pumps, we can help you figure out an appropriate new toilet that conserves water and won’t clog it. Then, we can install it for you!

2. Someone is Flushing Non-Flushable Items

We have an entire article dedicated to what can and cannot go down the toilet here. The short version is that you shouldn’t flush anything down the toilet that isn’t toilet paper or human waste. If anyone in your household is sending down other types of paper (such as tissue paper or “flushable” wipes), you’re probably seeing constant clogs as a result. Make sure that everyone in your household knows that they should not flush anything down the toilet that doesn’t belong there: no Q-tips or cotton balls or hair or tampons. If you determine that your toilet clog is due to an improper item in the drain, you may need to call a plumber to clear the drain.

3. Excessive Toilet Paper Use

why does my toilet keep clogging

Excessive toilet paper use can lead to constant clogs in your toilet. Make sure to use the appropriate amount of TP each time you flush!

Toilet paper is designed to go down the drain without causing clogs or blockage. However, this only holds true if everyone in the household is using the proper amount of toilet paper. Some types of 2-ply toilet paper don’t dissolve as well as others, which leads to clogs more often. When someone in the household uses too much ultra plus toilet paper, that leads to frequent clogs, Instead of purchasing thick toilet paper, try folding the toilet paper sheets to create your desired thickness. This way, you can prevent toilet clogs by using thinner toilet paper.

4. A Clogged Trap

Your toilet has an S-shaped trap between the bowl of the toilet and the drain line. This trap can become clogged or backed up with toilet paper itself. The trap is designed to prevent the drain from getting clogged. If certain, non-flushable items get stuck, the trap can get clogged. Normally, you can fix the problem with an aggressive plunge, but you may need to call a plumber to take care of the issue if it’s a particularly stubborn clog.

5. Blocked Plumbing Vent

Some modern toilets use roof vents to funnel fresh air into your residential plumbing system. This process helps boost flushing pressure. However, over time, these vents can become blocked or clogged by debris. A blocked toilet vent can reduce the flushing pressure in your home and cause the toilet to clog often. If you suspect that this is your issue, you definitely need to call us here at John’s Plumbing and Pumps to clear the vents and restore your toilet’s function.

6. Issues with the Water Supply Line

Another reason (though uncommon) that your toilet could be clogging is that it’s not collecting enough water from the water supply line to perform a proper flush. Make sure that your toilet tank is holding enough water to properly flush the toilet. If you need help to adjust the water level in the tank, call a professional plumber from John’s Plumbing and Pumps!


How Can John’s Plumbing and Pumps Help You?

Here at John’s Plumbing and Pumps, our plumbers and contractors have decades of combined experience with all things plumbing, including drain cleaning, sewer line replacement, plumbing repair, and routine maintenance. If you have a clogged or slow-draining plumbing fixture, don’t delay. Call us today to set up an appointment.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking every precaution to keep both our employees and customers safe. We have contactless payment options, and we can arrange to ensure social distancing on the job. We take your health and safety very seriously, and we can provide the high-quality plumbing services you expect while doing our part to help curb the spread of COVID-19. If you have any concerns or questions about our response to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State, please give us a call!

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