Toilet clogs always seem to happen at the worst times. Fortunately, you have an expert clogged Alto toilet repair company ready to help. Call Sheely Plumbing Inc. the next time your toilet fails to flush. We proudly serve the greater Grand Rapids area!
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Reasons Why Your Toilet Clogs
A clogged toilet can be messy and frustrating to deal with, especially if it happens frequently. There are many reasons why toilets clog, and here are the ones we see the most.
- Foreign Objects - Foreign objects flushed down the toilet are one of the leading causes of clogs. In many cases, children’s toys are to blame, as kids become curious to find out what can go down.
- Feminine Hygiene Products - Another big problem we see are feminine hygiene products flushed down the toilet, which is why it’s wise to have a garbage bin within easy reach, especially if you have guests over frequently.
- Personal Wipes - Baby wipes and adult personal wipes are no friends to your plumbing — even the ones that say they’re flushable usually aren’t.
- Too Much Toilet Paper - While toilet tissue is supposed to dissolve easily when it hits the water, some brands are thick and don’t dissolve properly. When you use copious amounts of the wrong toilet paper, it’s easy to jam up the system.
These are the most common reasons for clogged toilets we encounter. Call Sheely Plumbing Inc. for repairs if you have a stubborn clog in your Alto or Grand Rapids home.
Signs You Need a New Toilet Installation
Alto and West Michigan residents rely on their toilets every day, but they probably don’t give them a second thought until something goes wrong. As with any other major appliance, the toilet suffers wear and tear and requires replacing after many years of service. Here are a few signs it’s time to get a new toilet.
- Cracks in the Tank - If you see puddles of water around the toilet, it could be worse than a leak; you might have a crack in the tank. A cracked tank requires replacement as soon as possible.
- Old Toilet - If you’ve had the same toilet for over 20 years, it needs replacing even if it seems to work correctly. Older toilets are less efficient than newer models, which means you’re wasting money each month on your water bill.
- It Wobbles - Your toilet shouldn’t wobble or rock, so if it does, call a plumber right away to diagnose the issue. It could be some loose bolts or that the floor is rotting underneath.
- Frequent Repairs - If you find that you’re calling a plumber more and more to fix your toilet, it’s a sure sign that you need a new one.
If you suffer from any of the above issues, call us to schedule an appointment today.
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How to Unclog a Toilet
Most times, homeowners can unclog toilets without needing the help of a plumber. Depending on where the clog is, a plunger is the first remedy to try to remove the obstruction. Experts recommend a plunger with a rubber flange on the bottom to form a better seal. If that fails to work, you can opt to try an enzyme waste removal product to liquefy waste material so that it goes down the drain. Using hot water is another remedy that works on waste clogs, and it’s recommended that you use about a half gallon to get the job done. For stubborn clogs that sit deep in the system, you can try a plumbing snake or auger. Lastly, if all else fails, call a plumber for help.