Main Line Clog Vs Toilet Clog

Keep in mind that all of the plumbing fixtures, drains, and pipes in your house are connected to the most important and also biggest piece of plumbing in the entire home, which is the main sewer line. It is very helpful to know what causes sewer lines to clog and what are warning signs to look out for. This can help prevent you from facing a future major repair or replacement.

Main sewer lines clog usually causes water to back up out of a drain or plumbing system. These clogs can cause a gurgling sound to come from your drains. Some of the signs include your toilet water bubbling, water backing up from your tub or shower when you flush, or water bubbling from your faucets. This problem is caused by different factors like improper use of these fixtures, drains, and pipes as well as other outside factors. When this happens, the main sewer line can become clogged, and on most occasions, it is needed to repair or replace.

Here are some of the most important signs that a repair or replacement procedure is required:

Severe Pipe Damage

If the sewer pipes are broken, the sewage won’t be able to drain through the system as it is supposed to, which can lead to frequent backups.

Flushing Debris Down the Toilet

As we have mentioned so many times before, treating your toilet as a trashcan will cause serious sewer drain issues. Only human waste should go down the toilet.

Tree Root Infiltration

Older sewer lines were sometimes constructed out of clay or other porous materials, and as trees and roots grow, they search for sources of water, sometimes latching onto a sewer pipe, and making them grow into the pipe in order to reach the water inside, and this is why a line can break, as the roots start to expand.

A Sagging Sewer Line

Sagging sewer lines can happen over time, even though this is out of the home owner’s hands. This bellied pipe (as it is called in the plumbing industry) happens when a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions. This is when the paper and waste, will start to get stuck in this low spot of the line, resulting in repeat blockages.

Pouring Grease Down the Drain

This is in part probably the biggest problem when it comes to clogging lines. You should never pour grease, oil, or other fats down a drain.

On the other hand, how do toilets get clogged and why?

Modern toilets use roof vents to funnel fresh air into the plumbing system and boost flushing pressure. Over time, the vents can become blocked or clogged with sticks, leaves, or even a bird's nest. When the toilet vent is clogged, it will reduce the flushing pressure and cause the toilet to clog on a regular basis. Some of the reasons why toilets get clogged are as follows:

What can go down the toilet

There are certain materials that are designed to be used in the toilets. For example, toilet tissue is designed to quickly dissolve in water, so it usually doesn’t cause any problem. On the other hand, disposable tissues or paper towels are not supposed to go down the toilet, as they don’t dissolve completely

The Plumbing Vent Is Blocked

Modern toilets, as well as other plumbing fixtures, use roof vents to funnel fresh air into the plumbing system and prevent air-pressure vacuums that can hinder drain flow. These vents can become clogged with leaves, sticks, and animal nests when some time has passed. A blocked toilet vent will reduce the drain flow and can cause regular clogs.

The Toilet Trap Is Blocked

Your trap is a curved segment of the porcelain fixture that is built into the lower bowl unit of your toilet. It is designed to hold standing water and keep sewer gases from entering your home. Toilet paper, paper towels, and a variety of non-flushable items can clog the trap and cause a backed-up toilet. More than one toilet has become clogged when a pocket comb became lodged in the internal trap.

Remember to keep in mind all of these signs, in order to know best how to keep your plumbing in good condition, and be able to avoid most of these problems.

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