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No One Expects a Clog, But Everyone Can Prevent One

Five Common Causes Of A Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is something that everyone dreads. The toilet does not flush, and it is not useable. The contents of the toilet cannot go into the septic tank. They simply sit in the bowl, and it can create a stench that fills the bathroom.

You may try and try to plunge the toilet to release the clog. However, this does not always work. You may be wondering why the toilet became clogged in the first place. Look no further.

Too Much Paper-

One common reason for a toilet clog is too much paper. If too much toilet paper is in the bowl, the paper does not fit through the pipe. This causes the toilet to clog. Luckily, most paper clogs can be freed using a plunger. The solution to this problem is simple. Do not try to flush too much toilet paper at once.

Flushing Things Other Than Toilet Paper-

Another common reason for a toilet clog is attempting to flush items other than toilet paper. These items do not break down easily. They can sit in the trap. This can cause a clogged toilet. Many times these items may not be freed by using a plunger.

You may have to call the plumber for this one. You may also need to use a snake yourself to remove the objects. This is a common problem, when kids are in the house. Sometimes, young kids will try to flush their toys and other solid objects down a toilet for their entertainment.

Septic Tank Overflow

One of the worst reasons for a “clogged” toilet is an overflowing septic tank. This is perhaps the worst case scenario. This will definitely necessitate a plumber, and it will also likely require immediate pumping of the septic tank.

When septic backs up, sewage can actually come out of the toilet and on to the floor! In some cases, the sewage can even back up into bathtubs and come out of sinks! Luckily, this can be prevented by making sure your septic tank is pumped and serviced regularly.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can grow into pipes. The roots can cut off the flow of water. When this is the case, there are often other back ups. This problem needs to be corrected by a plumber right away.

Slow Accumulation of Objects

Flushing some things will not always cause a clog right away. However, they can accumulate in the trap over time. Examples of such materials are cardboard, paper towels, cotton, plastic wrap, and Qtips.

Small debris or floor sweepings also can fall into this category. When the debris builds up, the toilet will ultimately stop flushing. The items will eventually block the trap. This requires the use of a snake. However, in some cases calling the plumber may be needed.

Avoid the embarrassment of an untimely toilet clog, call Albert Nahman Plumbing at (510) 876-9725 to keep your Berkeley throne flushing!

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