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3 Causes of Clogged Toilets

Toilets are the single most important plumbing appliance in your home, for obvious reasons. When they get clogged up, they can bring your household screeching to a halt, and while the simplest issues (i.e., clogs caused by human waste and toilet paper) can usually be covered by the use of a plunger and some good old-fashioned elbow grease, other causes require a professional plumber’s attention. Here in Waverly, IA, you have a reliable service on call to help, but we’ve found you can avoid a clogged toilet simply by monitoring what you flush down it during the day. Here are 3 causes of clogged toilets that should watch out for.

1.      Hard Water

Hard water build-up is a big problem in our neck of the woods, and while it isn’t harmful – the mineral deposits that create it are usually benign – it can leave deposits behind that eventually result in a blockage. Water softening systems can usually solve the problem quickly if hard water clogs are a recurring issue.

2.      Hygiene Materials

People have a way of throwing hygiene materials down that toilet that really shouldn’t go there. They can include, but are not limited to Q-tips, cotton balls, dental floss, hair clippings and feminine hygiene products. All can be very tough to dislodge, and most tend to expand when they get wet, which spells big trouble for your pipes. Always throw such products away rather than flushing them down the toilet

3.      Children’s Toys

You’d be surprised how many calls we get when an enterprising child flushes a toy down the toilet to watch it go swirling away. We don’t have to tell you how difficult such objects can be to dislodge. Teach your children not to flush anything inappropriate down the toilet, and install child-proof locks on the lid if the problem persists.

Dalton Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can handle toilet clogs for your family!

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