Few things match the aggravation you experience from a blocked toilet or clogged drain. These issues happen everywhere, and not even the fanciest golden toilet is utterly immune from blockage.

Blocked drains and clogged toilets are two of the most common calls we get at Expand Group. So, if you experience a problem, our licensed plumbing experts can help you right away.

Of course, the best way to avoid dealing with blocked toilets and clogged drains is to do whatever is possible to prevent them. To help you understand why your drains are not running smoothly, check out the following typical reasons for these plumbing mishaps.

Four Reasons Your Toilet is Blocked

1. Low Flow Toilets in Older Homes

While the notions of using less water and saving money are reasons to purchase a low-flow toilet, you may be setting yourself up for problems if you pair an old plumbing system with a low-flow toilet. Today’s low-flow toilets operate on pressure and gravity. Because the toilet runs on much less water, gravity and pressure are essential for flushing. The pipes to which they are connected must be positioned at a specific angle and slope. When the slope and angle are incorrect, blockages will occur because there is insufficient water to operate the system.

2. A Blocked Toilet Vent

The toilets in your home are connected to a vent that allows fresh air in and helps to increase the pressure for flushing. When a vent blockage occurs, you will experience problems with the pressure.

If you have an obstructed vent, the following symptoms usually accompany it:

  • Slow Draining
  • Gurgling Noises
  • Foul Sewer Odour

3. Excessive Use of Toilet Paper

Children often use enormous amounts of toilet paper, which causes clogs. Although, some of the triple-ply paper does not always flush easily. Consider sticking with two-ply and show kids the appropriate amount of toilet paper to use to prevent clogs.

4. Flushing Wipes and Other Items

Even though a product has the word “flushable” on the label, you should be cautious when you flush. Often these flushable wipes are the source of toilet clogs. Other culprits include disposable wipes, feminine products, cotton balls, hair, and napkins.

Additionally, clogs often come from small toys a child may have dropped in the bowl. It is important to remember your toilet is not a rubbish bin.

One of the most common causes of blockage it through putting things down into the drains that you really should not be doing.

Four Reasons for Blocked Drains

1. Hair and Soap Scum

Everyone loses some hair while in the shower or washing their hair in the sink. While it may not be noticeable, the hair will mingle with soap scum and attach to the inside of your drainpipes over time. Once this happens, water will start backing up, and you will have a clogged drain to repair. The simplest way to prevent this type of clog is to purchase mesh hair traps to place in your shower and sink drain openings. You will be surprised how much hair you will collect when you clean the trap.

2. Tree Roots

The nearly endless supply of water allows the roots to thrive and wreak havoc with your drains. Even the most minor cracks in a drainpipe can lead to a significant problem once tree roots find their way in and begin to grow. The best prevention for this is to be cautious when using machinery in your yard. Most landscaping equipment can crack drainpipes allowing tree roots to grow.

3. Fatty Substances

While pouring grease from your breakfast bacon may seem harmless, doing so invites clogs to form on your kitchen drain. Even if you do not directly pour grease and fat down your drain, you still add fatty deposits to your drain when washing greasy pans in the sink. The best prevention is to collect grease and fat in a jar and then let it solidify. After it is solid, you can toss the fat and the container into the trash.

4. Random Objects in Your Kitchen Sink

Most people have good intentions when it comes to putting debris in the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, all it takes is a few food scraps rinsed off a plate, a toothpick or two, and other assorted bits and pieces to lead to a nasty clog. Fortunately, there is a simple fix to prevent the problem. Use a sink plug to prevent anything from flowing into the drain, and be sure to dispose of food leftovers properly before clearing them off in the sink.

If you do not have a garbage disposal, avoid the temptation to force food leftovers or remnants down the plughole.

Whether you are struggling with a blocked drain or clogged toilet, rest assured that help is available. At the first indication of trouble, be sure to contact Expand Group. Our experienced plumbers can help you through the most difficult situations and get your water flowing freely once again.