A clogged toilet is no fun at all. Not only is it messy to clean up, but it can also lead to flooding and damage in the bathroom. If you have ever had to deal with a clogged toilet you understand why it is important to do what you can to prevent it from happening to begin with. There are several techniques for unclogging a toilet, but here we talk about three ways you can prevent your toilet from clogging in the first place.

1. Be Careful What Goes in the Toilet

To start, it is important that only the right things are going into the toilet. When you think about it, there are really only two things that should ever be flushed down your toilet: human waste and toilet paper. Even then, if too much of these things are in the toilet, it can form a clog.

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People often make the mistake of flushing materials that they believe are okay for the toilet and the plumbing system, but that are actually contributing to blocked or clogged toilets. These items include the following:

  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Floss
  • Coffee grounds
  • Hair
  • Medications
  • Plastic
  • Diapers

Even when products are labeled as flushable, they may still have a difficult time traveling through the plumbing system. Toilet paper is made to disintegrate in water so that it easily goes down the drain. There are few other products that do the same.

2. Complete Flushing

You might notice that clogs form even when only toilet paper and waste have been flushed. This might occur because of improper flushing. You may be trying to flush too much toilet paper and waste at one time or you are not completely flushing. If the flushing mechanism in your toilet is not working correctly, there may not be enough water to push everything down the drain. It’s easy to simply push the handle quickly and walk out without taking the time to make sure that everything gets flushed away

If you notice that your toilet is not completely flushing, it may be a good idea to have it looked at to make sure that the flushing mechanism is working correctly and that your tank is filling properly with enough water.

3. Children and Toilets

One of the most common reasons toilets get clogged is when a child has tried to flush something like a toy. Children are naturally curious and may try to flush items that do not belong in a toilet. It won’t always be toys. It could be an empty toilet roll or a plastic bag. If you have children, it’s a good idea to talk to them about how best to use a toilet and what things should and should not go into a toilet bowl.

By focusing on these 3 things, you will help prevent some of the most common causes of toilet clogs. While you may have your own proven technique to fix clogs when they happen, remember you can always call Boydco Plumbing for help with a clogged toilet. We can be reached 24/7 at 602-335-0323.