Plunging Toilet

Why Does My Toilet Keep Clogging?

Almost everyone has to deal with a clogged toilet from time to time. But if your toilet is clogging frequently, it may be a sign that there is a problem that can’t be solved with a plunger. 

If you have a toilet that keeps clogging, here are some things to consider. 

You May Need to Update to a Newer Model

Older, low flow toilets may not have the pressure that’s needed to push material through the trap and drain. The residue left behind can cause your toilet to clog. 

The best solution here will be to get a newer model that has better flushing pressure. But if this is not an option, consider limiting the amount of toilet paper you put in your toilet. 

You Might Have a Clogged Toilet Trap

Most people know sinks have a trap to keep items from causing clogs, but do you know that toilets have similar devices? While sinks have a P shaped device called a P trap, the toilet’s trap has an S shape and it sits between the toilet bowl and the drain line. It works to catch objects so they don’t go into the drain line to cause a clog. 

If larger objects get caught in the trap, it may cause the toilet to clog. This can usually be fixed with a good plunge. However, if plunging isn’t working, you can try using an auger. Rotate the auger to break up the material and grasp excess matter to clear it out of the trap. 

Your Toilet Vent May Be Blocked

You may not know this, but every toilet is attached to a vent that exits your home, usually through the roof. The vent opens to allow air into the system to increase flushing pressure. 

If the vent becomes clogged, the pressure will decrease, and you may not be able to flush material through the system. 

To check if your vent is clogged, you will have to go up to the roof to inspect the opening. Remove any debris and use an auger to clear away build-up. Follow up by flushing the system with water to make sure it’s clear.

 It Could Be the Sewer Line

In some instances, the problem won’t be in your home’s drain lines or plumbing fixtures but in the main sewer line. Sewer lines may malfunction due to tree root penetration or sewer line breaks or infiltrations. A problem with the sewer line is likely to cause plumbing issues throughout the home. 

Unfortunately, there is no way to repair a sewer line yourself. You will need to call in a professional to perform this sort of service. 

Toilet clogs can be unpleasant, to say the least. If you are having ongoing issues with your toilet, not flushing, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. The tips in this article will help you identify plumbing issues so you can find a solution that’s right for you. Good luck with keeping your system clean!