Experiencing an occasional toilet clog is not uncommon. However, if you are forced to keep a plunger nearby for regular use, then it is time to determine the reason for this ongoing annoyance. Because at some point, a plunger won’t be able to correct the issue. And you will be forced to deal with a flood of dirty, contaminated water. Here are five of the most common reasons for constant toilet clogs and how they should be addressed to eliminate the possibility of an overflow.
- An Old Toilet- As toilets age, the functioning valve does wear out. So it might be time to replace that old unit with a new eco-friendly low flow model. If you have already been on board with the water conservation efforts, that too could be creating the problem. The earliest low flow toilets were a great concept, but they were not always reliable. They lacked the pressure needed to flush away waste and toilet paper adequately. A new toilet is the best solution and one that can be quickly installed by calling the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing at (318) 202-9144.
- Fill Valve Issues- Check the fill valve inside the tank to be sure that it is operating correctly, and the tank is filling completely. Without a full tank of water, your toilet will not flush properly. If you find that your tank is not filling completely, check for an adjustment on the valve or call the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing for assistance in resetting or replacing your fill valve to eliminate clog issues.
- Pipe Blockages- Pipe blockages are most common when foreign objects are flushed. It could be anything from a paper towel to a small stuffed animal that is causing the backup. Or even a toothbrush that accidentally fell into the toilet. But now that object is blocking part of the drain line and causing debris to become lodged and block the flow inside the pipe. A professional drain cleaning is the best way to eliminate any clogs or blockages in your drain pipes without causing any damage. Call (318) 202-9144 to learn more and schedule your chemical-free drain cleaning to eliminate future flushing issues.
- Sewage Line Issues- A severe problem in the city sewer lines could be to blame for your drain clogs. The damage or clog in the city main will eventually cause your home’s plumbing to drain more slowly and create issues when flushing. You might ask your neighbors if they are also experiencing problems with reoccurring clogs and slow clearing drains to determine if it is a widespread issue. And a proactive professional drain cleaning will assure you that there are no clogs or issues in your home’s drain system that are responsible for your flushing issues. Once you have determined that the problem is not in your home, the best approach is to call your city or municipality to report the issue and request an inspection in your neighborhood.
- Plumbing Vent Issues- Every drain system has a pipe that allows gas to vent and to maintain the proper pressure in the drain lines. If your home’s vent pipe has become clogged, blocked, or damaged, you will experience issues with your drains clearing and toilet flushing properly. You can inspect the vent pipe or call the licensed plumbers at Gordon AC & Plumbing to check the vent pipe and your home’s drain pipes.
Sewer and drain pipes do clog from time to time because of all the debris and material that is flushed or washed down sinks and tubs. But if you are having constant issues with a clogged toilet, there is a more serious issue that needs to be corrected before you face a costly problem that includes water damage and contamination in your home.
A call to the professionals at Gordon AC & Plumbing is the best way to address any sewer or drain problem and eliminate future concerns. A professional drain cleaning once each year will remove all of the debris and residue that promotes drain clogs. And it will be accomplished with nothing but pure high-pressure water. So you never need to worry about chemical fumes in your home or damage to your drain pipes from caustic chemicals. Just call (318) 202-9144 to schedule an appointment with a drain cleaning specialist, and you will be able to return your plunger to storage where it belongs.