The 5 Most Common Clogs in Toilets

Sherman Oaks Plumber1One of the most frustrating problems to experience in the bathroom is a clogged toilet. If you happen to be using a friend's bathroom, the frustration becomes coupled with embarrassment.

As hard as you try to fix the problem, the toilet refuses to flush. In fact, the water seems to rise higher with each flush. What is causing the clog?

Toilet clogs are one of the most common problems in the plumbing industry. Countless emergency calls are placed each year for plumbers to fix clogged toilets. Although this problem is easy to spot, many times clogged toilets are difficult for the average person to fix.

There are five common clogs in toilets. They are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Clumps of hair
  • Toilet fresheners
  • Random objects

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is the most common reason for clogging toilets. Sometimes people use too much toilet paper or they wind the toilet paper into a tight ball.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins do not fare well in the toilet. Sanitary napkins clog the toilet because they are often bulky, and they have a plastic backing that will not flush. Tampons have a tendency to absorb water and expand. This expansion causes the toilet to clog.

Clumps of Hair

Sherman Oaks Plumber1Most people know that hair will clog the sink, but they don't think about hair clogging a toilet. Clumps of hair that are habitually flushed in the toilet will eventually accumulate and clog the toilet. It is a good idea to discard the hair from a brush or pet hair by putting it into the trash.

Toilet Fresheners

Toilet fresheners are necessary to keep the toilet smelling fresh and clean. What happens when the hard toilet freshener that is intended to hang on the bowl falls into the bowl? A toilet clog occurs. In order to avoid this problem altogether, it is best to use a toilet freshener that is placed in the tank.

Random Objects

Any person that has small children knows random objects such as toys, coins and books can end up in the toilet. It is best to get the object out of the toilet before it causes a clog.

If you experience a clogged toilet, contact a qualified plumber for assistance.

Problems with the clogged toilet in your Sherman Oaks home? Don't panic, just Call Plumbing Brothers & Rooter at (855) 375-5700, and we'll take care of business.