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Michigan Plumbing Experts: What Causes Clogs in Your Bathroom Toilet?

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to the bathroom in your Michigan home is when your toilet gets clogged. Aside from causing you inconvenience, a clogged toilet is also unhygienic and renders the bathroom unusable. Since the toilet is one of the essential utilities at home, you must find an urgent remedy immediately. Knowing the possible things that clog your toilet may help prevent it from happening again or uncover potential problems in your drains.

Tree roots: Tree roots tend to crawl to areas with a rich source of organic matter and water–and your sewerage pipes fit that description. Over time, they can block the pipes, affecting your toilet and other drains. This problem should only be left to professional plumbers in Michigan, who have the right tools and equipment to locate the tree roots, cut them, and/or repair the piping to reestablish water flow and sludge down the sewer lines.

Miscellaneous items: Toilet paper, band-aids, tampons, cigar butts, and other things that may appear to be of insignificant size can block sewers. Individually, they are too small to cause significant obstructions, but these items can accumulate, particularly when trapped in a curve. Always remind your family members to throw stuff in the trash can, not the toilet. Also, if you have kids, keep an eye on them in the bathroom as they tend to drop toys to see if the toilet can flush them away.

Grease: Cooking oils, grease, and other forms of fat are liquids when flushed down a toilet. Under cool temperatures, however, they solidify and build up large solid masses of fat (fatbergs) that block sewage lines. To avoid this, scrape the grease off your cookware and throw it in the bin. Afraid they’ll leak? Use plastic bottles or jars.

Limescale: Limescale is a chalky, hard buildup of calcium and magnesium deposits from hard water. It clogs the small holes (called ports) below the rim of toilets. These are holes where water for flushing passes through. Their function is impaired when they are blocked by limescale. This also causes blockage in pipes, reducing water flow and causing the accumulation of water on bathtubs.

A plunger or auger may work when a clog is not far down the sewage line. If the problem persists, it would be best to call Michigan plumbing companies like FLAME Furnace, as they have the knowledge and necessary tools to determine the cause of the clog and remove it. By calling a plumber at the first signs of trouble, your family can escape the unpleasant and unsanitary effects of a clogged toilet.

(Source: What Not to Flush Down the Toilet,

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