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What causes a blocked toilet?

There are certain signs to look for if you have indeed a blocked toilet.

If it takes a long time for the water to go down, then it can only mean that something is blocking it.

If it won’t go down anymore and the water along with it just overflows out of the bowl, then this is a sign of a more serious problem as this indicates a bad clog.

There are many factors that contribute to a blocked toilet, and here are the most common of them.

The most common material that blocks a toilet is toilet paper. Too much toilet paper being used and dumped for a single flush can cause a blocked toilet. Some toilet papers do not dissolve easily and the buildup of this happens over a period of time.

Kids also contribute to a blocked toilet. They throw in different items into the bowl and flush them. The usual items thrown in are toys and food.

Menstrual pads, tampons and sanitary napkins are also items that clog a toilet. These feminine hygiene products are big and will not dissolve easily thereby clogging up the toilet drains in such a short time.

Cotton balls and the likes are absorbent materials. When flushed down in any toilet, they will just buildup in its pipeline causing the toilet to become clogged.

Any kind of hair flushed down can cause a blockage especially when this is being done routinely. Hair usually gets tangled with other objects inside the pipes thereby creating a large obstruction.

Diapers and baby wipes are items that should not be flushed down the toilet. Diapers can cause instant clogging while baby wipes can build-up pretty quickly inside the pipes.

Should you have a blocked toilet, 24Seven Plumbing is just a phone call away.

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Blocked drains
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