Toilet Problems: Why Does My Toilet Keep Clogging?

Having toilet problems? When your toilet isn’t working properly, it can be a very frustrating situation. And constantly plunging your toilet is only a temporary fix to a larger problem. Understanding some of the root causes of toilet issues is critical to fixing that toilet problem once and for all. Here are some common reasons that your toilet keeps breaking…

1. You Have an Old Toilet.

After years of wear and tear, toilets start to break down. Older toilets sometimes just can’t handle many flushes as they used to. If you have a very old toilet, it might be worth considering replacing your toilet with a new one. Newer toilets also have modern designs that help to conserve water.

2. Your Toilet Fill Valve is Not Working.

The fill valve in your toilet is the mechanism in the back of the toilet that allows water to fill in the tank. There needs to be enough water in the tank in order for the toilet to flush properly. If the fill valve is not working properly, you might not have enough water to flush causing toilet issues. 

3. You Might Have Sewer Line Issues.

Your toilet issues might be larger than your toilet alone. If you have a sewer line issue at your home or in your neighborhood, it could be the cause of your toilet clogs. Some common sewer problems are when pipes corrode or when tree roots grow into the pipes. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Orange County, we are experts at diagnosing sewer line problems. Give us a call today

4. Your Pipes are Blocked.

Flushing things down the toilet that should not be flushed like baby wipes or women’s hygiene products can cause blockages in your pipes. A blockage will most certainly cause your toilet to clog. One way to identify if you have a pipe blockage is through a camera inspection where we feed a camera through your pipes to view a potential block. Here is a great article on camera inspections

5. Your Plumbing Vent is Damaged.

Plumbing vents help to let gases out of your plumbing system. They also help to regulate proper pressure in your pipes so that they flush properly. When your plumbing vent is damaged it can cause improper pressure in the pipes and can lead to toilet clogs and issues. Here is a great article from the CDC on the importance of plumbing vents.
If your toilet is not flushing properly or continues getting clogged, calling a trusted plumber near you is a great first step to fixing the problem. A professional plumber will be able to diagnose if there is a larger problem that needs to be addressed. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Orange County, we have been helping Orange County California homeowners diagnose their plumbing problems for years. Call us today for more information.