Common Areas That Clogs Develop In Toilet Systems... And How To Remove Them

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When a toilet clogs, the waste may not go down, or worse, the toilet can overflow. Unfortunately, not all toilet clogs are the same. Toilet systems have many different parts that help them to flush and remove your waste from your home. As such, clogs can develop in different areas and cause various toilet problems. The clog in one area may need to be treated or removed differently than a clog in a different area. Here are a few of the common areas that clogs develop within toilets and how they can be removed. 

In The Trap

The most common place for clogs to develop in the toilet system is within the trap. When you flush your waste, it goes down the back of the toilet and into the trap. If you have flushed too much toilet paper, too much waste, or even an item like a sanitary pad that you should not have flushed, it will get stuck in the trap. Fortunately, most clogs that are stuck in this part of the toilet system can be easily removed on your own with the help of a plunger or snake. 

In the Sewage Line

Another place where clogs can develop within the toilet system is the sewage line. After waste leaves the trap, it exits your home through a sewage line. This sewage line then connects to the cities sewer line, where waste water is carried to a waste water treatment center. However, if your sewage line has a clog in it, water and waste have nowhere to go. This can cause the water not to flush or can cause water to back up out of your toilet or even the bathtub. A clog in the sewage line can be caused by waste, as well as tree roots or grease and soap residue. If there is a clog in the sewage line, drain cleaning will be needed to get the line free and clean and operating again. 

In The Plumbing Stack

The last area where a clog can occur within the toilet system is the plumbing stack. The plumbing stack is typically located on your roof. It pulls in air and then uses this air to put pressure behind the water when you flush, helping the waste to go down. But if the stack becomes clogged with leaves, sticks, or even bird nests, your system won't get the air it needs and may not flush properly. Plumbing stack or vent cleaning is needed to correct this problem. 

If you have a toilet clog, plunging or snaking the toilet is the best way to attempt to rid the clog. If the clog does not budge, you will need to call in a professional plumber like those at Cleary Plumbing. They can help determine where the clog is located and then work to free the clog so that your toilet flushes once again. 

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