We’ve all been there — you flush your toilet, and it starts to overflow or doesn’t drain properly. It’s a frustrating and unpleasant experience that can be difficult to troubleshoot. If you’re experiencing frequent toilet clogs, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem that a variety of factors can cause. But don’t worry. At AC by J, we can help. We are here to help you understand what’s causing the issue and how to fix it.
1. Overuse of Toilet Paper
One of the most common causes of toilet clogs is the overuse of toilet paper. While it may seem trivial, using too much toilet paper can cause blockages that prevent your toilet from flushing properly. To prevent this, try using only the toilet paper necessary to complete the job. If this is not possible, you may need to replace your toilet with a model that can handle your requirements. If you need to make this change, contact AC by J so we can install a higher-capacity toilet.
2. Foreign Objects
Another common cause of toilet clogs is the flushing of foreign objects and non-biodegradable materials. It’s easy to forget that toilets are not trash cans and should only be used for human waste and toilet paper. These materials can include anything from wipes and sanitary products to toys and small pieces of trash. For families with small kids, this could be a major occurrence. These materials don’t break down like toilet paper, so they can easily get stuck in your pipes and cause blockages. To prevent this, only flush toilet paper and human waste. If you need to dispose of wipes, sanitary products, or paper towels, put them in the trash. And in case of a blockage caused by suspicious foreign objects, call us so we can remove them.
3. Tree Roots
People who live in older slab foundation homes may have toilet clogging issues because of tree roots. It is possible for the roots to grow along the underside of the slab, go through where the toilet’s drain goes through the slab, and then grow into the toilet drain pipe. Obviously, this is a problem that can prevent your toilet from draining properly.
Tree roots can also be an issue for a home’s sewer lines in general, causing a blockage in the system. If you suspect tree roots may be causing your toilet to clog, contact us at AC by J to schedule an inspection. We have the equipment and expertise to remove the roots and repair any damage they may have caused, ensuring your toilet drain pipe and sewer lines are functioning properly. A professional can also advise you on how to prevent this problem in the future.
4. Old or Damaged Pipes
Another cause of toilet clogs is old or damaged pipes. Over time, pipes can become corroded or damaged, leading to blockages. If you suspect your pipes may cause your toilet clogs, call us for an inspection at AC by J. Our professional plumbers will repair or replace damaged pipes, ensuring your toilet works properly.
5. Buildup of Minerals
Another cause of toilet clogs is a buildup of minerals in your pipes. Over time, minerals like calcium and magnesium can accumulate in your pipes and create blockages. This is especially common in areas with hard water. To prevent this, consider installing a water softener to reduce the buildup of mineral deposits in your home’s plumbing.
Another issue is that mineral deposits can build up under the rim of your toilet. Under the rim are small holes that water flows through at the top of the bowl to flush the contents of the toilet down the drain at the bottom. If these holes get blocked by minerals, it will reduce the power of your flush and lead to a clogged toilet.
One of the most common causes of toilet clogs is simply overuse. If you have a large family or entertain guests frequently, you may find that your toilet is being used more than it can handle. This can lead to a buildup of waste in the pipes, which can cause clogs. To prevent this from happening, you may want to consider installing a second toilet in your home or upgrading your existing one to a different model. If you need either of these services, consider AC by J to ensure you will no longer deal with clogs from overuse.
7. Low Water Pressure
Clogs can also be caused by an issue with the water pressure in your home. If the pressure is too low, it can be difficult for your toilet to flush waste and paper properly. If you suspect the water pressure is too low, you can contact a plumber who will determine if the problem is with your water supply or an issue with your pipes and take the appropriate actions.
8. Worn-Out or Old Toilet
If your toilet is old or worn out, it may be time for a replacement. An older toilet may not have the necessary power to flush properly and can cause constant clogs. If this is the case, it may be time to invest in a new, high-efficiency toilet. Our team at AC by J can help you select the right toilet that suits your needs and install it properly to ensure it functions correctly.
9. Septic Tank Issues
If your home is not connected to a city sewer system and instead relies on a septic tank, clogged toilets can be caused by issues with the tank itself. When the tank becomes too full, the waste cannot properly flow out and can lead to blockages in the pipes. If you suspect your septic tank might be causing your toilet clogs, contact AC by J for a septic tank inspection. We will ensure that your septic tank is functioning properly and recommend necessary repairs or maintenance to combat the clogging.
10. Malfunctioning Toilet Parts
Another reason your toilet may be clogged is a malfunctioning flapper. The flapper is the rubber seal that sits at the bottom of the toilet tank and controls water flow out of the bowl. If the flapper malfunctions, it may not allow all the contents of the toilet to drain, causing a backup.
Another potential cause of toilet clogs is a malfunctioning flush valve. The flush valve is the part of the toilet that controls the amount of water that is released into the bowl during a flush. If the flush valve isn’t working correctly, it may not release enough water to flush your waste properly.
Contact the Pros
At AC by J, we understand that toilet clogs can be a frustrating and stressful problem. That’s why we’re here to help you understand the causes of your toilet clogs and provide you with the necessary solutions. Whether it’s a simple fix or a more complex problem, we’re here to help you get your toilet back to working properly.
In addition to our toilet repair services, we also offer a variety of other plumbing and HVAC services for residential and commercial clients in Scottsdale, AZ. We install, maintain, and repair heating and cooling systems. In addition, we offer indoor air quality, water treatment, and water heater services.
Don’t let toilet clogs ruin your day. Contact AC by J today to schedule an appointment and get your toilet back in working order!