Reasons why Toilets Clog Frequently

Because of the stress it brings, a toilet that clogs frequently can be a major hassle in any household. Aside from being messy and embarrassing, it can also cause expensive damage.


It’s a good idea to hire a plumber to fix a clogged toilet but there are ways to keep your toilet from getting clogged in the first place. It gets easier if you’re aware of the reasons why toilets clog frequently.

The Most Common Reasons Why Toilets Clog Frequently

1. You’re flushing everyday items down the toilet

Pads, wipes, tampons, and other sanitary items can clog the toilet, and cause it to overflow or back up.


Other items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet include:


-Dental floss; it’s non-biodegradable, causing environmental damage


-Large clumps of hair; they don’t break down at all, leading to build-up over time, even if the toilet itself isn’t obstructed by hair


-Cigarette butts; they have parts that won’t break down, causing clogs and damage to the pipes in your home

2. You have an old low flow toilet

Low-flow toilets are a great choice for homeowners who are more environmentally conscious. Compared to standard toilets, low-flow toilets use less water, so you save money.


Unfortunately, many older low flow toilets clog easily and frequently, as they don’t have the pressure needed to clear their drain and trap or push waste into the drains.


If you have an older low-flow toilet, you may consider upgrading it to a modern unit that still saves water without compromising efficiency.

3. Your sewer lines are damaged or obstructed

If the sewer line is separated, damaged or obstructed in any way, it may clog your toilet and other plumbing fixtures often, cause foundation damage, and release harmful bacteria into your home.


Your sewer pipes may fail anytime if they’re old and poorly maintained. But if your toilet still clogs frequently even if the pipes have been cleaned, there may be underlying issues such as misaligned pipes or tree root intrusion.

4. The S-trap is partially blocked

The water seal found at the bottom of the toilet, the P-trap or S-trap keeps sewer gases and smells from getting into your bathroom. The pipe isn’t visible all the time, due to the difference in the way toilets are designed.


If the S-trap or the P-trap is partially clogged, it can stay in place even after you’ve cleared the main clog. As a result, the toilet to clog frequently.

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