A toilet that won’t flush or runs constantly is more than just an annoyance. Whether you need clogged toilet repair or toilet replacement, the experts at Apex Plumbing Pros guarantee you’ll be satisfied with our work. If you’re in the Columbus Metropolitan area, call on us for all of your toilet repair needs.

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What Causes Clogged Toilets?

The toilet is one of the most-used fixtures in your house, which means frustration and a messy cleanup should something go wrong. If you understand why your toilet becomes clogged you can take steps to prevent it from happening. Keep an eye out for these most common reasons why toilets clog.

  • Low Flow Toilets: Although modern low flow toilets save water and provide plenty of power to flush waste, early models weren’t so powerful, making them more prone to clogs. If you have a low-flow toilet made in the mid-90s, you may want to consider upgrading.
  • Flushing Non-flushable Items: The toilet is designed to get rid of human waste and toilet paper that quickly dissolves in water. If you put paper towels, tissues, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, personal wipes, cotton balls, or any other item other than what’s recommended, you run the risk of a clog.
  • Blocked Toilet Trap: The toilet trap is the curved part of the fixture on the lower bowl. This trap keeps sewer gas from backing up into your home. Sometimes, flushing non-flushable items cause the trap to clog.
  • Blocked Plumbing Vent: Modern toilets use roof vents to bring fresh air into the plumbing system and prevent air pressure vacuums. It’s common for obstructions such as leaves, sticks, and animal nests to prevent the vent from doing its job.
  • Main Sewer Line Issues: If you have multiple clogged toilets in the house, then it’s likely a problem in the main sewer line. Non-flushable waste builds up to create blockages, and sometimes tree roots weave their way in through tiny cracks to wreak havoc.

Whatever the reason for your toilet trouble, you can count on the experts at Apex Plumbing Pros to fix it quickly.

How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

As a homeowner, you know that routine maintenance is never finished. It seems like every weekend, you must spend time ensuring everything is working properly and to fix small problems before they balloon into large ones. Although most people don’t think about their toilets until there’s a problem, here are signs to watch for that say it’s time for an upgrade.

  • Frequent Clogs: Clogged toilets are a pain in the you know what, and it’s common for clogs to develop once in a while. However, if your toilet clogs regularly, consider upgrading to a new, high-efficiency model.
  • Cracks: If you see puddles around the base of your toilet, check for any cracks in the porcelain. Even if the toilet functions properly, leaks wastewater and can damage the flooring. If you notice cracks in the bowl or tank, it’s time to replace it.
  • Frequent Repairs: Your toilet should run without issue for years, so if you find you’re repairing it frequently, it may be time to change to a more reliable model.
  • Wobbling: A wobbling toilet isn’t something to ignore. Sometimes it’s as simple as tightening up a few loose screws, and sometimes it’s the flooring underneath that’s compromised.
  • Ineffective Flushing: If you’re looking to lower your water bills, consider replacing your old commode with a modern, high efficiency unit. The average toilet uses about five gallons of water per flush, while a new, efficient toilet only uses about two. If you have a large family, this can save you tons of money on your water bill every year.

If you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your toilet or not, call us for an inspection.

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How to Handle a Clogged Toilet

We understand that you don’t want to call a plumber for problems you can fix yourself, so if you experience a clogged toilet, try these methods first.

You can fix most clogged toilets with a toilet plunger; these are the plungers with a flange on the end to better fit into the toilet drain. For clogs that reside deeper in the system, consider using a plumbing snake to loosen them.

If all else fails, call in the professionals!

Whether it’s clogged toilet repair or a toilet replacement you need, you can always count on Apex Plumbing Pros for efficient and cost-effective work. Contact us in the Columbus area at 614-418-6344.