Clogged toilets are never welcomed occurrences in your home. They can be gross, make a mess, cause inconveniences, and they can even lead to plumbing emergencies and water damage. To avoid this, it’s important to repair clogged toilets as soon as possible. Call Befort Plumbing & Heating for services in Aurora, CO. A family-owned company since 1957, we have the experience to quickly and accurately repair your toilet.
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How To Prevent Toilet Clogs
Clogged toilets can lead to water damage and health risks. Fortunately, you can avoid these issues by following these tips:
- Don’t flush disposable diapers or wipes.
- Don’t place large wads of toilet paper in the toilet.
- Don’t flush paper towels.
- Don’t place items like Q-tips or other beauty and hygiene products in the toilet.
- Don’t flush hair trimmings or nail clippings.
- Keep a wastebasket near the toilet to remind yourself and others to throw non-flushable items in there.
Professional Solutions To Clogged Toilets
When a plunger isn’t enough to remove a blockage from your toilet, it’s time to call in a professional. Plumbers have specialized tools to accurately remove clogs. Two methods they often use are augers and hydro jetting.
Augers are tools specifically created for toilets. They have a hollow tube attached to an elbow fitting that’s covered by a rubber sleeve to protect the toilet bowl from scratches. The plumber feeds a flexible cable through the toilet drain with a hand crank to dislodge the blockage.
When using a hydro jetting technique, a plumber inserts a high-pressure hose with special nozzles into the drain. The hose is connected to a machine that pressurizes the water, creating a force to dislodge the clog.
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Signs Your Toilet Needs To Be Replaced
If your toilet is starting to clog frequently, it can be time to replace it. Some signs to watch for that can indicate you need to install a new unit are:
- Age: If your toilet is older and requires replacement parts to keep it functioning.
- Cracks: Because most toilets are made of porcelain, they are prone to cracks in the bowl and tank cover. These can eventually cause water damage in your home.
- Frequent clogs: Older toilets might have design issues that prevent water from properly pushing through the toilet with enough force. This can lead to clogs forming.
- Wear and tear: As your toilet ages it can develop scratches from wear and tear. These scratches can show stains and cause dirt to cling to them, making the toilet more difficult to clean over time.
- Increased utility bills: If you notice an increase in your utility bills it can signal your aging toilet is no longer efficient and is using more water than it needs to.