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Why does my toilet keep clogging?

Toilets are not meant to clog frequently and it can be very frustrating when this continues to happen. Thankfully no matter what is causing this issue, we will be able to provide a solution. We can’t tell you the exact cause of frequent clogs without having a plumber look at it, but we can provide you with a few likely possibilities.

Not enough water in the tank

If the tank isn’t fully filling up, you won’t get enough water when you flush. First, check to make sure the knob on the water supply line is all the way open. If it is already open, we recommend having a plumber verify that you are getting enough water when you flush. They also can make sure that the rubber float isn’t set too low.

Old, low-flow toilet

The first generation of low-flow toilets don’t have enough flushing power and have received many complaints regarding reoccurring clogs. Low-flow toilets have significantly improved since the first ones came out, but many homes still have original models. If your toilet falls into this category, it may be time for a new one.

User caused

Some people treat their toilets more like a wastebasket. Toilet paper and human waste are the only things that should ever be flushed down the toilet. Items such as tissues, tampons, contraceptives, and dental floss can all cause clogs. Sometimes products are labeled “flushable,” but really are not good for your home’s plumbing. Even if these items seem to flush, they may be causing issues farther down the pipes.

Worn Out Parts

The parts inside the tank don’t last forever and eventually will need to be replaced. The frequent flow of water causes wear and tear on them. If anything from the flapper to the flush valve is not in good working order, your toilet will not flush properly.