Reasons Your Toilet Backs Up

Have you flushed your toilet only to see the murky water spin without going anywhere? No one wants to look down at such a disgusting sight.

You have so many more important tasks to do than spend time trying to figure out why your toilet won’t cooperate. So we put together a list of the most common reasons your toilet backs up.

Non-Flushable Items

A toilet and a trash can are not interchangeable, though some people might think it is. Many bathroom clogging issues come from the wrong things going into the toilet. You can avoid this human error by only putting waste and toilet paper down the drain.

Specifically, place the following in the trash:

  • Dental floss
  • Paper towels
  • Medicine
  • Hair
  • Facial Tissues
  • Diapers
  • Tampons
  • Cotton swabs & Q-tips
  • Wet Wipes

It helps to have a trash right next to the toilet to stop any temptation to drop the above items in the wrong place.

Blocked Toilet Trap

We call the curved part of the toilet the toilet trap. The toilet trap often catches more than just gas. This trap is where more solid waste, non-flushable items, and toilet paper can get caught. Your plunger is your friend - try this first. A toilet auger can handle the more difficult clogs.

Faulty Early Generation Low-Flow Toilet

Modern designs all over the house strive for greater efficiency. Low-flow toilets help to save water. But the early version of these cost-cutting fixtures did not have the necessary pressure to push refuse in the bowl through the toilet trap. If your toilet is from the mid-90s, you may have an early low-flow toilet. You don’t need to rush a replacement, but take it easy on your toilet. Before updating to a newer model, limit the use of extra toilet paper and avoid the above non-flushable items.

Problems in the Main Sewer Line

Have you noticed backups in multiple toilets or drains? If so, there might be a central problem in the main sewer line. Typically there is a buildup of non-flushable items, toilet paper, and waste. Depending on the environmental conditions, there may be sediment or tree roots in the line as well. Sewer line issues go well beyond what you should have to solve. Protect your family’s health by calling in the experts.

Having problems with your toilet backing up? Heaney Plumbing and Heating has over 50 years of experience solving our customers heating, cooling, and plumbing issues. Reach out to us today to schedule service.


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