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7 Ways to Keep Toilet Clogs to a Minimum

Toilet clogs happen all the time. Some are simple to break up and some even resolve themselves. Then, of course, there are those stubborn clogs that take a lot more effort (and money) to get rid of. The good news is that as with most things, prevention can do a lot to help you avoid clogs in the first place. There are several ways you can make sure that your toilet is always flowing freely, including the tips below. 

Use Toilet Paper Sparingly 

Try to use as little toilet paper as possible. Don’t skimp too much, but only use what you need. Teach your children, if you have them, to do the same. A good rule of thumb is that you can always use more if you need it, so start with less. 

Fold, Don’t Bunch 

One common problem plumbers see is balled-up toilet paper in drains creating clogs. Fold your toilet paper, don’t bunch it up. That way, it will absorb the water and flush easily without bunching up in the pipes. 

Check Your Water Flow 

Modern low-flow toilets are great for saving water. However, they might not be powerful enough to handle all of your flushing needs. If you are having a consistent problem with clogs, consider checking to see if your toilet water flow is high enough or if it needs to be adjusted. 

Clean Your Toilet Regularly 

Although a dirty toilet isn’t inherently going to increase clogs at the source, the buildup in the drains can get overwhelming for the system. If you clean your toilet regularly, you can ensure that you won’t cause bigger issues with buildup that could lead to future clogs. 

Keep the Lid Closed 

This is a good practice for several reasons. In addition to keeping the bacteria and germs in the toilet contained, it also helps keep various bathroom items from falling into the toilet and leading to clogs. 

Check Tree Roots 

If you have any large trees, they could be growing roots that are cutting into your sewer and drain lines and leading to clogs. Be sure to keep trees maintained and have roots checked if it’s suspected they might be creating an issue. 

Have Drains Cleaned Regularly 

Like regular toilet cleaning, it’s important to clean your drains regularly. This can be done by Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing, and will also give you a chance to have an inspection performed to ensure things are in good shape. 

If you use these tips, you’ll have less trouble with toilet clogs and healthier plumbing overall. 

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