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A clogged toilet can be an absolute nightmare, not only can it cause a range of problems for you and your family but it can also damage plumbing systems as well as you’re home. Here we go through all of the common causes of a clogged toilet.

What is causing my clogged toilet?

The toilet in your home is one of the most used furnishings, which means a clogged loo can lead to family frustrations. There are many different reasons to why your toilet might clog such as non-flushable items, to clogs further down the pipework. The important thing is that you react quickly in a clogged toilet instance otherwise you could experience a significant amount of damage.

If you have a low flow toilet you may find it has a lack of pressure to clear anything from the trap. Low flow toilets can often result in regular clogging, there are a few simple solutions such as not using so much toilet roll or clog prone items. Read on to find out exactly how you can reduce the risk of your family toilet clogging:

Flushing the wrong items

The toilet is simply there to dispose of human waste and toilet roll. Many people will make the common mistake of flushing non-flushable items such as baby wipes, cotton balls, earbuds, dental floss and feminine products. Each of the items mentioned cannot naturally decompose which means when they have been flushed you cannot always guarantee they will flow right through the pipes.

Overtime with continuous flushing non-flushable items can gather together causing a rather significant blockage. Once a block is caused you can experience a number of problems such as the toilet backing up. When a toilet backs up, it not only brings back the water but will also bring the human waste with it which can result in significant damage to your home. You should always be aware of what you can and cannot flush if you are using bathroom product it will normally advise whether the product is flushable, if you would like more information on non-flushable products why not read this article by The Guardian. Alternatively, if you would like more information on biodegradable products to take a read of The best biodegradable cleansing wipes.

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Sewer issues

If you are having a reoccurring toilet clogging issues such as drain blockages around the house, you may experience a block or clogged pipe which is external from your home. Just like many fatbergs which can be found around large cities such as London, you can experience such issues in the pipework around your home. Sewage systems can also experience a number of clogs, one of the worst culprits of this is the millions of wipes people flush away each day. 14,000 wipes are used every second in the UK according to The Guardian, so you can only imagine the damage they are doing to our sewage systems.

Hard water

Hard water is not in every location in the UK but those affected by it will experience a range of side affects. One of the most common symptoms of hard water is the build-up of limescale. Limescale is calcium carbonate, which often looks like a chalky white substance, not only can it build up in kitchen appliances but it can also have a significant effect on your plumbing systems. Hard water can have a dramatic effect on how well your bathroom utilities work such as showers and taps. If you are unsure of whether your region or location has hard water why not check your postcode using Kinetico’s hardness map.

If the hard water build-up is not regularly maintained you may experience low flowing water from toilets, showers and taps, this is because the limescale calcifies inside. Limescale can be difficult to remove however there are a number of cleaning products you can use to remove it. If you would like to opt for a home remedy we recommend reading Tipnut’s article on Easy ways to remove limescale with basic pantry items.

Clogged trap pipe

A trap pipe is the curved section of pipework located directly under your toilet system, it is simply there to prevent any sewer gases from entering your family home. If you are regularly flushing non-flushable items the trap pipe can often the first section of pipework to clog.

One of the best ways for you to solve this at home is by using a plunger. By plunging you are pushing water through and suctioning out whatever has got stuck.

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Plumbing vent

Modern toilet systems have a component called a plumbing vent, the component allows the flow of fresh air into the plumbing system. Not only does this help with any bad odours but it can also help heighten flushing pressure. This vent is normally an external piece of your plumbing systems which means it can easily become clogged with sticks, leaves and animals.

When it clogs it can often lead to your bathroom suits backing up unwanted human waste. Not only does is cause backing up of your toilet but it will also reduce the pressure of the flush. If your toilet has backed up we highly recommend having a professional cleaner attend your home, especially if you have young children. Toilet waste can be fairly harmful!

Take care of your toilet and pipework

If you believe your toilet to be clogged do not try to continuously flush it, the constant flow of water may cause the toilet to back-up and let’s be honest this is the last thing you want to happen. If you are in a predicament where you find a clogged toilet get the plunger out and give it a go. More often than not you can remove the clogged toilet yourself. However, for harder clogs or blockages you may want to think about calling plumbers Milton Keynes. If your toilet backs up it can cause significant damage to your home, so it’s important to tackle the situation as soon as possible.

We hope this article was helpful!

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