Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Three Common Causes of Clogging in Your Toilet

Clogged toilets can be caused by several factors. Here are some of them:

·         Waste build-up - Dental floss, wipes, band-aids, sanitary napkins, cigar butts, children’s toys, and many others–you may think these are too small or too thin to create obstructions in the pipeline, but remember that it’s hard for water to break down clumps of these objects. Even if the manufacturer says an item is flushable, do not throw it inside the toilet. Let the trash can do the job.

·         Tree roots - It’s possible that your trees’ roots have found their way to your pipes, blocking the passage. If you notice that other drains in your home appear to be clogged as well, then it’s definitely a sign of a more complicated problem that can only be handled by professional plumbers.

·         Limescale - See those rust-like stains on your toilet bowl? It’s limescale build-up, a combination of calcium and magnesium deposits found in hard water. It decreases a toilet’s flushing power slowly until it can no longer flush waste down the drain. The small holes (called ports) beneath the toilet rim are where water passes through, and these can be blocked by limescale clogs.

A clogged toilet can cause a lot of inconvenience. In some cases, the problem can be remedied with mere toilet suction or use of chemicals to dissolve clogs. But if the problem recurs, it’s still best to call Edmonton plumbers.

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