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4 Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

Toilet clogs are more than frustrating. They can cause real damage to your pipes and sewer lines. By understanding the common causes of toilet clogs, you can avoid these problems.

Paper Towels

Toilets aren't designed to dispose of paper towels. Unlike toilet paper, which is designed to dissolve quickly, paper towels cause backups when they're flushed. To avoid this, talk to your family members about why it's unsafe to put non-flushable items in the toilet. Also, keep a large trash bin in your bathroom to dispose of non-flushable paper products easily.

Flushable Wipes

Contrary to what manufacturers say, flushable wipes aren't entirely safe to flush. The material holds together for longer than traditional toilet paper. Also, it mixes with other particles in your drains, such as grease, paper bits, and other flushed debris.

Because of that, flushable wipes can cause clogs quickly. Sometimes, they build up in the sewer line, causing damage to not only your home but also your neighborhood's sanitation system. Rather than flush them down the toilet, throw them into the trash.

Kids Toys

Children are often fascinated by flushing water and are curious about what can and cannot go down the drain. Toys, unfortunately, make interesting case studies for them.

If they're large enough, they'll clog the toilet instantly. When they're small, they could get into the drain line and trap anything that's flushed afterward. In those cases, snaking the toilet drain is the only way to remove the toys.

Toilet Fresheners

Yes, toilet fresheners can clog toilets. In particular, the hooks on hanging toilet bowl fresheners can deteriorate. Then, the freshener falls in and gets flushed by mistake, restricting the drain line. Like with toys, snaking the toilet drain is the only way to get the freshener out. To prevent this kind of clog, use toilet fresheners that are more stable, dissolve quickly, or go into the tank.

For these toilet clogs and other drain or sewer problems, you need a plumber. Indiana Leak Detection offers drain cleaning services to get your pipes in working order again. Give us a call at (317) 449-2780 to schedule an appointment.

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