What Causes Clogs to Form in the Toilet
Anyone who owns a home with a flushing toilet knows that many times the toilet can get clogged up. This is the reason that every bathroom needs to have a plunger as normally a plunger can take care of this problem.
But while many times when the owner believes that the problem is a clogged toilet with poop – after using the plunger it might be due to something else that is wrong with the flushing system. Or even other problems with the system or pipes.
There are many objects that can clog your toilet. These items include:
- Dental floss – small and thin but it can still clog the pipes especially if the pipes or old and rusty.
- Feminine products that are labeled “flushable” can still clog a toilet.
- Q-tips – again small and thin but can still clog things up.
- Sheets that are used in the dryer can clog a toilet.
- Cigarette butts can often clog up the works.
- Wet napkins or paper towels can also clog the toilet.
- Band-aids and the wrappers they come in.
- Nasal tissue also can clog up the toilet.
But there are times that it is not what is put into the toilet that is clogging up the works but instead can be a broken pipe. In some homes that are rather old, the roots from large trees in the area can grow around the pipes and causes problems with a flushing system.
All draining pipes have what has known as a trap. This is a pipe having a u-shaped bend that stays filled with water. This acts as a dam or barrier against odors that are bad that might get into the bathroom or other areas of the house. The toilet’s trap is good at its job but unfortunately, the bend in the pipe can also make a bad place for a clog to expand. Often just too much toilet paper can create a problem in this area.
But when a plunger will not work, you will probably need to call a plumber to fix the problem.