3 Shocking Reasons Your Toilet Becomes Clogged

Do you have a clogged toilet that you have to deal with regularly? Fortunately, you can use a plunger to unclog your toilet right away. However, getting stuck in the middle of a clogged toilet becomes annoying and inconvenient for you and your guests.

You may also be concerned about the plumbing repair costs, which could be very expensive, which is why you settle for temporary repair options. However, it would be best never to ignore a toilet clog; otherwise, it will worsen and require more expensive plumbing repairs.

Let’s look at some of the possible causes of a clogged toilet and how to fix it before it becomes a disaster.

1 – Using the Wrong Type of Toilet Paper

There is technically nothing wrong with using toilet paper and flushing it down the toilet. It’s also good to remember that flushing anything other than toilet paper is terrible for the toilet system.

In a good way, toilet paper is intended to be used in your toilet and flushed. On the other hand, thicker toilet paper with two or more plies can cause clogs in some plumbing systems. Airplanes and ships, for example, have vacuum toilet systems that can become clogged with thick toilet paper.

If you notice that your toilet is frequently clogged and using thicker toilet paper, consider switching to 1-ply and seeing what happens. When flushed down the toilet, 1-ply toilet paper degrades quickly, whereas 3-ply toilet paper does not degrade in certain plumbing systems.

2 – Using Older Low-Flush Toilet Models

Back in the 1990s, homeowners addressed the issue of water conservation by installing low-flush toilets. These toilet bowls were designed to replace older toilets with more than 6 gallons of water per flush.

If you continue to use a low-flush toilet today, this could be one of the reasons your toilet system becomes clogged. These toilets may have saved water in the past but are now causing harm to your toilet system. Low-flush toilets lack sufficient water pressure to flush waste from your toilet pipes.

So, think about replacing your old, low-flush toilets with newer models. The latest models can still save water while also keeping your entire plumbing system in good working order.

3 – Insufficient Pressure From the Toilet Water Tank

If you are sure that you have followed the steps outlined above and still have a clogged drain, one possible cause is a low water level in your tank.

Check the tank’s refilling rate after it has flushed. The flushing pressure is reduced when there is insufficient water in your tank. If there are any clogs, this is why you’re having trouble flushing your toilet.

To resolve this issue:

  1. Make sure there is no leaking while the tanks are being refilled.
  2. If the rubber seals are leaking, replace them.
  3. Check the water supply to the tank to ensure that it provides enough water.

Furthermore, hiring a plumbing expert is a good idea if you want a complete system repair. They will assist you in determining the causes of your clogs and other plumbing issues you may be experiencing.


There are several ways that a toilet might go wrong. If your toilet is clogged or won’t flush properly, and plunging doesn’t work, you’ll have to perform some investigative work to figure out what’s wrong. That’s when Bromac Mechanical’s licensed professionals come to help.

Bromac Mechanical offers trusted plumbing services and heating solutions in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. To fulfill all of your plumbing needs, our team goes above and beyond. Allow us to take care of your pipes and drains by scheduling an appointment online today.

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Regarding COVID-19

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