4 Ways To Prevent Your Toilets From Clogging

Toilet clogs are the worst. Not only are they messy and stinky, but they can damage the flooring and pipes of your home, leading to expensive repairs. Emergency repairs are even more costly and a horrible hassle. The disruption to your life caused from calling a repairman, paying for plumbing services that may not have been in your budget, and replacing damaged flooring is a homeowner’s nightmare. Fortunately, there are four ways to prevent your toilets from clogging.


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There are only two things that should ever be flushed down your toilet on a consistent basis: human waste and small amounts of toilet paper. Even too much of these two things at one time can cause a clog. Often people flush down facial tissues, napkins, wet wipes, paper towels, dental floss, hair, feminine products, and other things without realizing how easily these things cause clogs. The best prevention is to just say no. Don’t flush anything down your toilet except for human waste and toilet tissue.


A weak flush that drains slowly is often an indication that a clog is forming in your toilet. Do not wait to see if the problem corrects itself or gets worse. Instead, take care of the problem right away. Use a plunger on slow or weak flushing toilets right then. A plunger with a neck-like end on it is the best because the plunger fits securely into the drain hole and forms a more airtight seal. The flat plungers with no protrusion on the end, commonly used on toilets, are really meant for plunging sinks.

Drain Cleaners

If you notice that your toilet is draining slowly and a plunger isn’t helping, it might be time to try a drain cleaner mixture. These can be purchased at any supermarket next to the toilet cleaners. Drano is probably the most popular one available. These solvents are an acid mixture that help to dissolve whatever it is that is causing the clog. However, these products are not environmentally friendly and can be toxic if not used correctly, so they should be used as a last result.


There is one other thing that should regularly be flushed down your toilet, especially if you have a septic tank, and that is a bacteriological drain cleaner. We suggest pouring it down all of the drains in your home about once per month. Look for ones that are 100 percent biodegradable and non-corrosive so they won’t cause damage to your home’s plumbing pipes. These products are generally environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them closely.

Lastly, make sure there are garbage bins next to all of your toilets, and teach the kids to use them instead of flushing things down the toilet.

Clogged drains are a far too common occurrence in every household. No matter how hard we try, it’s often difficult to escape the hassle of clogged toilets. If you apply these four ways to prevent your toilets from clogging, you should have much better results and have to deal with it less frequently.


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