Do you have a toilet in your home that becomes frequently blocked? If you are sure that no one is flushing things that aren't meant to go down there, like tampons, paper towels, or small toys, you have to look for less obvious causes. Sometimes toilets can clog due to low water pressure, plumbing clogs, or simply the design of the toilet itself.
If you have frequent toilet clogs, there are a few ways you can correct existing problems and prevent clogs from happening in the future.
Own the Right Type of Plunger
A plunger is one of the most obvious solutions to a plugged toilet but having a plunger with the wrong shape can make the device far less efficient. The wide, rounded plunger often used to plunge toilets is better made for sinks where there is a likewise wide, flat surface at play.
The hole in the toilet is smaller and the surface is not flat. Plungers that have a ball-shaped end with a narrower opening are better suited for toilets. Make sure that's the type of plunger you have and practice using it even when there isn't a clog so that you don't panic when the clogged water starts rising.
Own a Closet Auger
A closet auger, also called a toilet auger, is another invaluable and affordable tool to add to your clog-removal arsenal. The auger contains two parts: a handle and a compression cord operated by the handle.
You stick the cord end down into your toilet's hole and then crank the handle until the cord feeds down to its end. If the blockage in your toilet is soft like most flushed materials, the auger can pass through it easily. Remove the clog by cranking and pulling the cord back up through the toilet, which should also grab and break loose the clogging material.
If the auger runs into a solid clog, such as a lodged toy, you might want to call in a plumber who has the professional grade tools to deal with the problem.
Hire a Drain Cleaning Service
Did the auger pass through your toilet without seeming to run into an obstruction? Your clogging might be further down the line. Call in a drain cleaning service for a professional cleaning.
The service might be able to tell you a specific cause of the clog and offer a solution so that you know how to avoid it in the future. An example might be using a softer, more dissolving toilet paper.