Does this sound familiar? You hear your child flush the toilet, and then some panicked footsteps before hearing them ask you to come help – the toilet is clogged. Whether they put a toy down the toilet or too much toilet paper, it’s all too common in households. Fortunately, we can help. When there’s a clog in your toilet you can’t remove on your own, call Maxwell-White Plumbing for services in La Crosse, WI. We offer emergency service rates.
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How To Prevent Toilet Clogs
While clogged toilets can lead to water damage and health risks, you can avoid these issues by following these tips:
- Don’t flush disposable diapers or wipes.
- Don’t place large wads of toilet paper in the toilet.
- Don’t flush paper towels.
- Don’t place items like Q-tips or other beauty and hygiene products in the toilet.
- Don’t flush hair trimmings or nail clippings.
- Keep a wastebasket near the toilet to remind yourself and others to throw non-flushable items in there.
Professional Solutions To Clogged Toilets
Is your plunger not successfully removing the clog from your toilet? You need professional services. A plumber has specialized tools to successfully remove blockages.
One tool they might use is an auger. This is a tool specifically created for toilets. It has a hollow tube attached to an elbow fitting that’s covered by a rubber sleeve to protect the toilet bowl from scratches. The plumber feeds a flexible cable through the toilet drain with a hand crank to dislodge the blockage.
If that doesn’t work, then the plumber might use hydro jetting. When using a hydro jetting technique, a plumber inserts a high-pressure hose with special nozzles into the drain. The hose is connected to a machine that pressurizes the water, creating a force to dislodge the clog.
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Signs Your Toilet Needs To Be Replaced
Is your toilet starting to clog more frequently, or show signs of wear and tear? It can be time to replace it. Some signs to watch for that can indicate you need to install a new unit are:
- Age: If your toilet is older and requires replacement parts to keep it functioning.
- Cracks: Because most toilets are made of porcelain, they are prone to cracks in the bowl and tank cover. These can eventually cause water damage in your home.
- Frequent clogs: Older toilets might have design issues that prevent water from properly pushing through the toilet with enough force. This can lead to clogs forming.
- Wear and tear: As your toilet ages it can develop scratches from wear and tear. These scratches can show stains and cause dirt to cling to them, making the toilet more difficult to clean over time.
- Increased utility bills: If you notice an increase in your utility bills it can signal your aging toilet is no longer efficient and is using more water than it needs to.