Reasons Behind a Clogged Toilet
There can be nothing more frustrating than when the most untimely event in the bathroom occurs. Of course that event is the toilet getting clogged. In general this could occur for a number of reasons but there are some general categories of clogs that the average home owner should be aware of and should try to avoid if possible. These broad categories of clogs could be due to foreign debris, mechanical failure, and last but not least natural causes.
Foreign Debris Clogs
This category of clogs is easily the most common of all types. The reason for this is because to create a clog you must have some kind of debris to create the blockage in water flow through the sewage drain line. But foreign debris could include too much toilet paper, hair, feminine hygiene products, toys, brushes, Q-tips, wash cloths, and countless other items that could be placed into the toilet and flushed. The problem comes because these items were not meant to travel through the sewage system and could accumulate in a location or in enough quantity to block water flow and cause the toilet to be clogged. Therefore only flush toilet paper and human waste and if it seems to be too much material you can always flush early and often.
Due to Mechanical Failure
When it comes to plumbing and a toilet, there are a number of mechanical failures that could be the cause of a toilet becoming clogged. These failures include a defective flapper valve that does not allow for proper water flow. A malfunctioning filler valve that overfills the toilet or causes it to constantly run may be another cause. Additionally a broken handle, a blocked trap, low water flow, or just an old toilet could all be mechanical failure causes of a clogged toilet.
A Clog of Natural Causes
At first thought, you may wonder what natural causes could be the reason of a toilet becoming clogged. However, these clogs occur more often than one may expect. For the homeowners that have bought a pre-existing house and are now the owner of large trees in your yard these trees roots could invade your sewage lines and cause clogs that back-up your toilet. Another natural cause is hard water, which will leave water deposits in your toilet’s bowl filling holes. Thus suppressing the water that is injected into the bowl and not allowing for proper back pressure to expel the contents out of the bowl and through the sewage line.
It should be noted that these are just a few examples of what could be the cause of a toilet to become clogged. For any toilet user, a plunger is usually an effective tool to clear these clogs. Nevertheless, if this does not release the clog and before you decide to take matters to a more mechanical nature we suggest you call a professional plumber because the repairs could get complicated and expensive.
Call Allan E. Power at (708) 352-1670 right now if your toilet is clogged. Our experienced technicians will service your La Grange home in no time!