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How to Avoid Costly Toilet Clogs

by Andy Butler

You might not fully appreciate the importance of having good-flowing drains until you experience backup issues with your residential drainage system. Backup problems will render your drains inoperative but they will also cause your home to look messy. Your toilet is one of the areas in your home that is most notorious for becoming clogged. Bad human practice coupled with a lack of basic plumbing skill is largely responsible for major toilet backup problems. Avoiding a major clog isn't a difficult thing; by paying attention to the small details of drainage care and knowing what to do in case of a minor clog, you will be able to prevent your toilet from experiencing costly backup problems. Here's some useful advice on how you can maintain the unobstructed flow of your toilet drainpipes.

Do not flush unacceptable waste down your toilet

In the same way cooking oils, grease, and fats shouldn't be disposed of in your kitchen sink, there are so many things that shouldn't be flushed down your toilet drains. Facial tissues, disposable baby diapers, paper towels, cigarette butts, dental floss, female sanitary items, and cotton balls are among the waste items wrongfully discarded in toilets. These objects shouldn't be flushed down the toilet because they are not meant to get dissolved in water, and so they'll end up snarling up your drainpipes getting stuck in sewer lines. And yes, toilet paper too can cause toilet blockages, especially if your toilet is an old one that can't effectively flush down the fluffy premium varieties of toilet paper. Unless you are ready to upgrade your toilet, regular toilet paper is the only thing that you should allow to go down your toilet drainpipes. It quickly dissolves in water, something that is good for ensuring the free-flow of sewage. 

Arm yourself with a quality plumbing tool

Regardless of how much you try to prevent toilet clogs, some clogs will still occur even when you only discard acceptable waste (regular toilet paper) down your drain. Arm yourself with a good plumbing tool such as a plunger or auger and learn how to properly use it. This way, if there is a minor clogging issue because of excessive loo paper use, someone accidentally drops a big tissue paper roll down the sink, your children throws a toy in the toilet, etc., you can handle the issue before it can grow into a bigger one.

If this doesn't work, you ought to call in professional plumbing services