There are not many household emergencies that grab your attention like a toilet that is about to overflow. You grab the toilet handle and hope that the flapper valve is just stuck. But deep down, you know that your hope all lies in successfully plunging away the clog. But what you might not know is that most toilet clogs are avoidable.
The Only Two Flushable Things On The Planet
First, your toilet is not a trash can. And once you come to terms with that, you will have little or no need for your plunger, ever again. The only two things that should ever be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. The list does not include tissues, dental floss, paper towels, cotton balls, hair, or any other items that should be placed in the garbage receptacle that is often within a foot or two of the toilet.
Even items that are labeled as flushable are questionable. Ask any plumber if it is ok to use the new flushable wipes. Some will emphatically repeat the phrase, “no-never,” but others will be more sly. They will respond with some comment about flushing whatever you want, as long as you are willing to pay the plumbing bill when your toilet is clogged. And if the answer to that question is no, then skip the flushable wipes. Toilet paper disintegrates in seconds when it hits the water. No other paper product can do that. So you are going to face some clogs if you flush anything but TP and human waste.
Don’t Get Caught In A Trap
Another common reason for toilet clogs is the u-shaped trap that is in the toilet drain. The function of this feature is essential. It holds enough water to keep the natural aroma of the sewer line from entering your home.
But the downside of this little wonder is that it can get clogged by a massive wad of toilet paper. So remember that less is more in the case of flushing TP. If you use a lot of paper, use a couple of flushes to get that paper past the trap and avoid unpleasant clogs.
Everything Needs A Little Air
All drain lines need some air and ventilation to allow the water or waste to flow smoothly to the sewer system. Your home has at least one vent pipe that runs through the walls and up to the roof of your home. It introduces much-needed air into your drain pipes. If this pipe gets clogged or damaged, your drains create a vacuum, and nothing goes where you want it to. Think of turning a soda bottle upside down. The soda barely flows out of the bottle. But turn it to its side, and soda flows smoothly and quickly out while air flows into the bottle. Your home’s vent pipe lets everything stream smoothly out of your house without clogs or worries.
Offer A Little TLC
Everything needs a little help now and then. Even your toilets and drain lines could stand a good cleaning once a year. A professional drain cleaning removes all the nasty residue built up to allow waste to flow smoothly to the city sewer. This high-pressure water jet cleans away any clogs that are forming and the sticky gunk that will create future clogs. And it can remove the rank odor coming from your floor drains.
For help with a tricky toilet clog or to schedule a professional drain cleaning, call (956) 450-7774. The Victoria Plumbing Project team is here to help 24/7.