There are a lot of reasons why a toilet might clog. They usually involve solids. However, it’s not your voiding habits that are the problem. Your toilet might be struggling to do its job because it’s outdated and inefficient. Fortunately, POM Plumbing is here to let you in on the solutions to your toileting struggles. Read on to see some of the things that might be causing frequent clogs and how to fix them.
If you’ve ever wondered where the water comes from that swirls around your toilet bowl when you flush, the answer might be rim jets. Rim jets are little holes found under the rim of many toilets. These holes line a built-in waterway. When you flush, the water fills this waterway, exiting through water jets and filling the toilet.
The downside to water jets is that they can get clogged. When water jets clog over time, they become ineffective, making your flush less effective by proxy.
If you have trouble with your rim jets clogging regularly from hard water or other matter, you’ll notice your toilet itself is not able to flush down matter anymore. This is because the water is not coming into the bowl properly. If this is the case, you might want to invest in a siphonic toilet instead. Siphonic toilets have a siphon jet near the toilet hole. This jet helps push things down the drain in a way that rim jets aren’t able to.
The trapway is the part of the toilet that leads into the drainage pipe. It’s visible on most toilets as a pipe shape in the back porcelain of the toilet. The trapway is not the same diameter on all toilets. Therefore, toilets with narrower trapways are more likely to clog. Check your toilet model and take a moment to Google its trap size. If it’s less than 3 inches, it might be causing you trouble. This is especially prevalent in siphonic toilets. While a siphonic toilet has its perks, a wide trapway isn’t one of them.
If your siphonic toilet is clogging because its trapway isn’t able to handle the job, you should invest in a pressure assist. Pressure assists help, well, add pressure. This makes your flush more forceful and effective, possibly fixing the problem of your narrow trapway.
If you’re having clogging issues and you can’t attribute it to either of the above problems, you might need some general assistance still. Fortunately, there are all kinds of solutions we’ve come up with for toilets with ineffective flushes.
Check out high efficiency toilets that flush with more pressure. Consider a toilet with a fully glazed trapway, so that waste slips down easier. Or, you can even check out alternative toilets in next month’s article.
If you’re having frequent clogs and you can’t figure out what’s causing them, give us a call. Our team at POM Plumbing is more than happy to come take a look.