When your toilet breaks the agreement

We all have an agreement with our toilets. We put things in them and they take it away. Sometimes, for seemingly unknown reasons, it breaks that agreement.

We often get calls from homeowners that their toilets are getting clogged far too often. There are a number of reasons this could be happening.

Remember we live in the low-flush toilet age. That means they are designed to work well under optimal conditions. Meaning….if they are like-new, they will perform as advertised.

In this region we have water that contains a very high mineral content. We often see this on our plumbing fixtures, showers and toilets. If you’re diligent, you can keep these free from visible buildup. It’s the buildup you can’t see that’s often the issue. Using vinegar and some light elbow grease is recommended to prevent premature wear on your plumbing (it also is easier on our environment).

Where the flow of water in the toilet is impeded – even slightly – the engineering of the toilet won’t meet specifications.

There are a few issues that can be taking place:

  1. The Siphon (or S-Bend) in the toilet may have a mineral buildup along the walls. This will prevent water flow and cause things to get caught or move slower through the toilet.
  2. The back of the toilet may have a mineral building – thus holding less water and preventing the parts back there from moving freely.
  3. The water pipes that supply the toilet with water have become partially blocked – impeding flow.

Often with newer toilets, if you’ve given your best shot to cleaning the visible buildup – if you still don’t resolve the issue, it may be time for a replacement. We live in a disposable society unfortunately and these plumbing fixtures are not meant to last like they did in our parent’s generation.

If you need some expert advice on why your toilet is underperforming, give us a call at (519) 621-2206. We’ll help you figure things out and recommend the best options. We can replace your toilet as well if needed. The job is relatively quick, easy and affordable. There’s no reason to be using a plunger every day!

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