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How to Prevent a Clogged Toilet

Nothing can turn a simple bathroom trip into stressful one quite like a clogged toilet.

Toilet clogs aren’t just messy, they can damage your plumbing system and lead to costly repairs. Follow these tips from Patterson Plumbing to prevent your toilet from clogging, and all of the problems associated with it.

Maintain your drains.

Proper drain maintenance is a good way to prevent all sorts of plumbing problems, including clogged toilets. Good plumbing maintenance includes inspecting your fixtures for signs of leaks, corrosion, and low water pressure. If you notice your toilet has a weak flush, correct the problem immediately rather than waiting until it is too late.

Know what’s flushable, and what isn’t.

Many toilet clogs are caused by attempting to flush items that have no business going down the drain. Here’s a tip: the only two things that are flushable are human waste and toilet paper. That mean’s wipes, pads, and female hygiene products labeled as “flushable” should not be flushed down your toilet – despite what the packaging may say.

Don’t overload your toilet.

Sometimes, clogs can still happened even when you only flush waste and toilet paper. This is because your toilet can only handle so much with a single flush. Lighten the load on your toilet by minimizing the amount of toilet paper you send down the drain with each flush. For bigger jobs, try breaking up the load into two, or even three flushes.

Got a clog that you can’t get rid of? The professionals at Patterson Plumbing are just a phone call away. We happily serve all homes in Pueblo County, Colorado and the surrounding area. From drain cleaning to leak fixing and everything in between, give us a ring at (719) 544-4922.

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