A Stinking Situation: Three Common Problems That Are Clogging America’s Toilets

Whether you rent your home or own it, a clogged toilet is a frightening prospect. It’s inconvenient. It’s smelly, and at best, it’s unsanitary. Most toilet clogs can be effectively resolved with the help of a plumber, but if yours occurs overnight or during a weekend or holiday, calling in a professional can be costly. Learn about the three most common issues clogging America’s toilets and you’ll know how best to prevent the incident before it occurs. 

Flushing of Antibacterial Agents

Of course you know that you shouldn’t be flushing paper towels or sanitary pads down your toilet, but you may not realize that flushing bacteria-killing cleaners can cause just as big a conundrum. If your toilet is connected to a private septic system, pouring bacteria-killing cleaners such as chlorine bleach or anti-bacterial soaps down your toilet kills the beneficial bacteria in your septic system. These are the bacteria that help break down solids and keep your system running efficiently. If you kill off too much good bacteria, your septic system will need cleaned more often, resulting in more money spent. 

And if your toilet is connected to a city sewer line, using these types of antibacterial agents can be even more costly. As much as 75 percent of certain antibacterials such as triclosan are able to survive treatment by sewage plants, meaning they can easily end up back in the water supply, in the soil, and on nearby consumable crops. 

Play it safe and don’t flush antibacterial cleaners or antibiotics down your drains. 

Constantly Running Tank

If your toilet tank won’t stop running, woe be to your water bill. Even if you’re on a private well, this issue will inflate your monthly electric bill. Typically, a tank that won’t stop running has a leaky or malfunctioning flapper seal. This is usually easy to remedy by replacing the flapper assembly inside the toilet tank. You can find these at your local home improvement store for a few dollars. 

Slow, Reluctant Flush

If you have to hold down the handle to get the toilet to flush completely, this may also be a sign of a malfunctioning flapper valve. Replacing the assembly might help. If not, you may have a partial clog far down the line that needs the help of a professional. 

If your toilet issues aren’t resolved by these techniques, you may need a professional septic tank flush or sewer cleaning to solve your dilemma. Contact a company like Tierra Environmental & Industrial Services for more information.

Author: Emma Days

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