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Clogged Toilet

Toilet Paper & The Ugh Bathroom by Squirrel Junkie

 

You finally did it. You searched and searched; in the mountains, along the rivers, on the benches, out in the open farmland, downtown…. and you found it – your very own slice of the American Dream. But don’t let that dream become a nightmare.

Dealing with plumbing emergencies is one of the most stressful aspects of owning your own home. Clogged toilets, leaky faucets, drain issues – all small problems that can lead to big money out of your pocket! Every day customers ask us how to handle some of the most common plumbing problems. We’ll discuss one of the biggest problems homeowners face every day and we’ll offer tips on how to avoid them.

 

Let’s get started…

Problem #1: The Clogged Toilet

There are several reasons why your toilet has backs up or clogs. You could have a blockage in your sewer line because of tree roots or a “broken” bowl (where the water just spins). You could also have a 3 year old son (like me) who flushes toy cars down the toilet (don’t laugh – it happens). But more than likely, the reason your toilet keeps backing up is because you’re using the wrong type of products, or your toilet is past its life expectancy.

Many times you can fix this issue yourself by simply buying an auger or plumbing snake to clean out the line. But if you feel like you’re in hot water, and depending on how bad the clog is, you may need to call in a professional, licensed plumber in the Salt Lake City area to help you out. There are a number of clogged toilet solutions but the best way to avoid a clogged toilet is by using preventative measures. Once the clog has been removed you need to follow these simple steps in order to prevent future blockages.

 

1. Use the right products, namely flushable items ONLY, in your system. That means no wet wipes, diapers, or feminine products. And definitely – no toy cars!

2. Don’t overuse products. This is the second most common reason why toilets get clogged. You may use the right products but too much of those products can cause problems.

3. Buy a small trash can and put it in your bathroom so that you can throw away all other items instead of flushing them down the toilet. Be sure to put a trash liner in it. That way no one has an excuse to not empty it out.

4. If your toilet is more than 10 to 12 years old and you are constantly having problems with it, I would highly recommend replacing it all together. The average life span for any toilet is about ten years.

 

If your clogged toilet requires a professional plumber, please contact your local plumber today.

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