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Why is my toilet always blocked?

Last Updated: 13th April, 2020

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Low Flow Toilet
One common reason a toilet may frequently be clogging is that you have a first generation low flow toilet, which means your toilet is older. Many older low flow toilets will lack the necessary pressure to clear their drain and trap, which will result in regular clogs.

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Moreover, what to do about a toilet that keeps clogging?

A few minutes with a plunger should loosen any blockage and remove the clog. More stubborn clogs can be cleared with a toilet auger. Limiting toilet paper use and keeping non-flushable items out of your toilet should keep the toilet trap clear.

Furthermore, will a toilet eventually unclog itself? Toilets, like all plumbing drains, work by the force of gravity. A full bowl of water exerts its own pressure on the clog and, over time, often will clear the clog for you. So if you have more than one bathroom in the house, just wait it out overnight, or as long as you can.

Consequently, why does my toilet keep blocking?

The most common material that blocks a toilet is toilet paper. Too much toilet paper being used and dumped for a single flush can cause a blocked toilet. Some toilet papers do not dissolve easily and the buildup of this stuff happens over a period of time. Kids also contribute to a blocked toilet.

Do you need to plunge a toilet all the time?

Flapper not opening completely The flapper is the part of your toilet that lets water flow from the tank on the back down into the toilet bowl, creating the flush. If the flapper doesn't open all the way it won't release enough water, which means you'll get a weak flush. Clogs are common in toilets with a weak flush.

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Yunlong Rivkind

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Can bleach unclog a toilet?

Unclogging a Toilet with Bleach:
Pour 2 to 3 cups of bleach into the toilet. Wait 10 minutes; this will give the bleach time to work on the clog. Turn on the water valve and flush the toilet.

Antoine Eylert

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What can you pour down a toilet to unclog it?

What can you Pour Down a Toilet to Unclog it?
  • Hot Water. The first and usually the simplest solution to the clogged toilet problem is to wait for a couple of minutes, then try to flush it again.
  • Dish Soap and Hot Water.
  • Soda for Baking and Salt.
  • Soda for Baking and Vinegar.
  • Enzyme Waste removal.

Isusko Luttke

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What drain cleaner is safe for toilets?

One and only one Drano product
There is only one Drano® product recommended for use in slow-running toilets: Drano® Max Build-Up Remover. It contains microorganisms that break down organic matter in pipes that can slow water flow. (However, it will not open a completely clogged toilet.

Hattie Newstead

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What causes a toilet to back up?

Common reasons your toilets to keep backing up are:
  • There's not enough water in the tank.
  • There's a clog in the drain line.
  • The main line for the house is clogged.
  • There is an object stuck in the trap.

Lidice Di Pietro

Explainer

Can you use sink Unblocker in a toilet?

If you don't have a plunger and don't think the obstruction is a hard object, you can use a drain cleaner to try and unblock the toilet. If the toilet is still blocked try using a wire or a plumbing snake.

Rytis Hamschmidt

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How do you unblock a toilet full of paper?

How to Dissolve Toilet Paper Clogged in Toilet Drain
  1. Clear out anything stored near the toilet, such as toilet paper holders, towels and rugs.
  2. Open up the toilet seat and prop it up against the tank.
  3. Insert a plunger into the toilet so that it covers the outlet in the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Flush the toilet to see if the paper has been dissolved.

Atanaska Oostendorp

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How do you unclog a toilet when plunging doesn't work?

As an alternative to using dish soap, try this all-natural solution: Pour 1 cup baking soda and 2 cups vinegar into the toilet. Allow it to fizz for a half hour. If the clog doesn't dissipate, try the hot water trick to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

Tamera Launhardt

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Can shampoo unclog a toilet?

Dish soap, hand soap, or even shampoo can help coat the clog and hopefully get it moving! Just squirt a few tablespoons of soap or shampoo into the bowl, wait a couple more minutes, then flush. The combination of the hot water and soap should be enough to unclog a toilet and get the water moving again!

Ademar Guzevatov

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What does a plumber charge to unclog a toilet?

Plumber Cost to Unclog a Toilet
The cost to repair a clogged toilet drain can range from $85 to $600. Most plumbers bill their services per hour, but some will have a set price to clear a clog. Do-it-yourselfers may want to try loosening the clog themselves.

Mac Sudhoff

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How do you unclog a toilet when plunger fails?

Cover the plunger in water.
You need water, not air, pressure to loosen the clog. If your toilet lacks water, pour in enough water till the plunger is covered. Use a gentle plunge initially since a hard one will force air back around the seal, blowing water all over you and your bathroom floor.

Vickey Brandes

Teacher

Can you use a wire hanger to unclog a toilet?

Use a Wire Coat Hanger
Unwind a metal coat hanger, and wrap the end of the wire in a rag, using duct tape to keep it in place. Push the wire into the drain, and twist and push it against the obstruction until the water starts to drain. Only flush the toilet once the toilet water has gone down.

Yrene Bresciani

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Will Liquid plumber unclog a toilet?

Liquid Plumber will eat away at that wax ring. Then, every time you flush about half the water will make it down the pipe and the other half will leak out across the floor from under the base of your toilet. If you have a clog, try to use a plunger to dislodge it. If this does not work, contact a plumber.

Vikram Tschabold

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Should I flush a clogged toilet?

The toilet bowl will fill to the brim with flush water and perhaps overflow. Give the water level 10 minutes or so to drop, then attack the problem with a toilet plunger to begin unclogging a toilet. However, most clogged toilets are slow drainers. If it doesn't drain, don't flush it.