A toilet that won’t flush can send chills up your spine as the thought of waste flooding into the bathroom enters your mind. There are many reasons why toilets clog or fail to flush, so when you have problems with the commode, call us for expert repair. We also serve Preble, Montgomery, Darke, Miami, and Greene Counties.
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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs
While toilet clogs are panic-inducing and embarrassing, there’s no single reason why these things occur. Different homes have different toilets, plumbing, water pressure, and other factors that contribute to flushing failures. Here are the most common reasons you might have a clogged toilet in your Dayton home.
- Low Flow Toilets — Older low flow toilets lack the power required to remove waste and debris.
- Too Much Waste — Even the most powerful toilet will have difficulty eliminating large amounts of waste at a single time. If you’re using a considerable amount of toilet paper, consider flushing multiple times during usage.
- Hard Water — Calcium buildup from hard water is a source of clogging. You can reduce the effects of hard water with regular cleaning.
- Hair — Hair is the main culprit for bathroom-related clogs. Make sure to clean brushes and combs in the wastebasket instead of the toilet.
Signs You Need a New Toilet Installation
Dayton homeowners, like all others, rely on their toilets every day and don’t think about it until there’s a problem. However, through years of use, the average toilet wears down. Here’s how to know when it’s time to replace it.
- Cracks in the tank – If you see puddles of water around the toilet, it could be more than a small leak: you may have cracks in the tanks, and the toilet must be replaced.
- Age – If you’ve had the same toilet for decades, it likely costs you more to use because of its inefficiency. Consider upgrading to a new model that uses less water but still provides the power needed to remove waste.
- Wobbling – It’s not normal for a toilet to wobble. If the toilet feels unsteady, it could be a few bolts that need tightening, or you may need floor repair.
- Frequent Fixes – If you’ve had to call a plumber several times in the past few years to repair the toilet, it may be time to install a new one.
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Clogged Toilet Repair
When the toilet clogs or malfunctions, it can be worse than inconvenient. When it happens, the key is to not panic or despair. Here are a few things to try to restore your toilet’s function before you call a professional. The first thing to remember is to shut off the water if the toilet is about to overflow. Once the water is off, it’s time to fix the clog.
The first method to try is the plunger. Most experts recommend a plunger with a flange to create a better seal and give you more power to remove the obstruction. If the plunger fails to work, try baking soda and vinegar. Add one cup of baking soda to the toilet, then pour in two cups of vinegar after a few minutes. The bubbly reaction should remove the clog.
The last method to try is dish soap and hot water. Squirt some dish soap into the toilet, then pour in a gallon of hot water. Wait several minutes to see if the soap softened the clog.
If all else fails, call a plumber like Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air.