Many homeowners experience clogged toilets at least once every year. And most times, they’re the cause of it. You’ll find most people using excess toilet paper or putting items that don’t belong in the toilet into the toilet. Clogged toilets are not a lovely sight but they can be fixed and prevented.

This article will explain some of the causes of clogged toilets and how to prevent it from happening.

Common Causes Of Clogged Toilets & What To Do

Causes of clogged toilets

  • Foreign Objects

One major cause of clogged toilets is flushing foreign objects that shouldn’t be flushed. For instance, in a house full of children, children may want to experiment and try forcing toys or electronic devices into the toilet. Or talk about women that flush feminine hygiene products like sanitary pads, tampons, and cotton balls down the toilet. These items cannot dissolve easily like tissue papers and so can result in blockages. 

To prevent this, you need to be more careful around the toilet. Be mindful of what you put into the toilet bowl; avoid putting in anything stronger than tissue paper. 

  • Worn Pipes

Your pipes could get damaged due to different reasons. A broken pipe can result in blockages because it restricts the flow of water and slows down your toilet drain. Your pipes can break or crack for different reasons, but the reason you notice these, call a plumber to fix them right away before it escalates into a major problem. 

  • Too Much Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is an essential item in the toilet; you’ll need it for better hygiene in the toilet so it’s impossible to rule out tissue paper from the toilet. However, using too much toilet paper can cause blockage because excess toilet paper takes time to dissolve in water. To prevent blockage by toilet paper, reduce the number of sheets you use at once. Or you can flush the waste first before using the toilet paper and flushing that too. 

When to call a plumber for a clogged toilet

Whenever you experience a clogged toilet, it’s natural that you want to fix it yourself. That may not be a bad idea, but it’s better to call a professional to handle the problem and fix it. The best time to call a plumber when dealing with a clogged toilet is:

  1. After you’ve tried the basic method to remove the clog and you don’t know what to do next. You should contact a professional fast before the situation gets worse. 
  2. If you detect that the reason for the clogged toilet is that a foreign object was flushed, you should call a plumber to help remove it.
  3. Call a plumber if there’s a foul odor coming from the toilet area into your house. It probably means there’s a leak and a plumber’s attention is needed urgently. 


Anybody can experience a clogged toilet, so if you’ve tried every possible means to get it fixed and they’re not working, you shouldn’t hesitate to call a clogged toilet plumber. A professional can help you detect where the problem is and fix it before it escalates. If you have any inquiries about clogs or your toilet, you can contact us at Rite Plumbing. We help our customers deal with plumbing emergencies and we’re available round the clock. 

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