Learn How To Keep Your Toilet From Clogging | Johnson County
Skip to Content
chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up chevron-right chevron-left arrow-back star phone quote checkbox-checked search wrench info shield play connection mobile coin-dollar spoon-knife ticket pushpin location gift fire feed bubbles home heart calendar price-tag credit-card clock envelop facebook instagram twitter youtube pinterest yelp google reddit linkedin envelope bbb pinterest homeadvisor angies



toilet flush

There are numerous reasons that a toilet could be getting clogged, even on a daily basis.

This could happen because of how the toilet is used, from problems in the toilet’s mechanics, or perhaps even problems with your water supply. This post will cover several of these reasons your toilet could be clogged and provide some fixes, as well as offer tips to keep your toilet from clogging!


Low Flow Toilet

Simply put, one reason that a toilet could experience frequent clogging is that too much is being asked of it. This could even mean that too much toilet paper is trying to go down at once, or that non-flushable objects are being sent down. But the problem could be more complicated, however. A clog could indicate that you have a first-generation low flow toilet, which means that you have an older toilet. If you see the time stamp in the tank, and it says any date from 1994 to the middle of 1997, then you have a weaker toilet.

Hard Water Deposits

Sometimes, hard water deposits are to blame. You might see this white buildup on the portholes right under the rim of your toilet. If this appears to be the problem, you can use a wire hanger, or some other sharp implement to carefully scrape this off. Then you will need to pour a solution down the tank’s overflow tube. This solution should be one part muriatic acid to ten parts water. Then after a half-hour, you will need to pour the solution again. This should take off those deposits, and your toilet should flush better.

Blocked Trap

Maybe you need to take care of objects in the trap, that is, the S-shaped trap between your bowl and drain line. The trap is there to keep the drain itself from clogging. The trap can get clogged though if it meets with certain objects, like a kid’s toy, giant wads of toilet paper, or paper towels. A plunger can take care of this problem; with the rubber covering the entire hole, push up and down on the handle.

Clogged Drain Lineclogged

Unfortunately, the problem could lie with the drain line itself, as objects or buildup clog the line. A clog will gradually choke out the water supply to the septic tank or sewage system. You might be able to take care of this clog with a drain opener that has a chemical solution with lye in it. It is even possible though, for other drain lines to cause this problem. For example, your washing machine line could get clogged so badly that the line to your septic tank or sewage system is also affected. You may need to check the other drains around your house just in case.

None of these worked? Perhaps you need to check the water supply line, to make sure that it is entirely open, otherwise, your tank may not be getting enough water. To raise your tank’s water level should only take a few quick steps. First, remove the lid to the toilet tank. If there is a float valve, then you will need a screwdriver. Then attached to the float, there will be a metal or plastic arm. Use the screwdriver at the end of that arm and turn clockwise. The higher you see the ball go up, the higher the water level will be. You may have to try some different adjustments in order to figure out what level is best.

If you have a vertical fill valve in your toilet tank, then there will be a metal bar that goes from the top of the fill valve to the vertical float. On that bar is a retaining spring clip. Squeeze that clip and raise the float as high as possible, then let go of the clip. That will raise the water level as high as it can go.

If you are still unable to resolve the issue with your clogged toilet, you may need a plumber to help. Contact our company to schedule a visit today!


reason for toilet cloggingWe have all seen the commercials of the small child dropping the car keys, cell phone, or toy into the toilet, hitting the lever, and—whoosh—flushing it, down they go. While the commercial may be cute, clogged toilets are not. Even adults put things in the toilet that they shouldn’t. You will be amazed at some of the things you have been flushing that should never, ever be flushed down the toilet.

Six Things to Never, Ever Flush

  1. Dental floss– It’s not biodegradable and can make small clogs bigger.
  2. Facial tissues/Paper Towels– They may feel like toilet paper but they are designed to stay together, when wet, and not dissolve.
  3. Cotton balls and ear swabs– These do not break down very easily and can cause clogs.
  4. Hair– This will clog toilets, as well, just as it clogs sinks and drains in the shower.
  5. Tampons and Pads– Even if they say they are flushable—don’t. They are designed to absorb moisture, and they expand when wet.
  6. Prescription Medications– It might seem like an easy method to dispose of these, but they have toxic effects on the groundwater.


Don’t confuse your toilet for your trash can. It’s made for a specific purpose, and your best is to use it to dispose of only the things meant to go in it. Mistakes happen, and, when they do, A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. is here to help. We offer affordable plumbing, drain cleaning, and pumping services in Kansas. We are a local family-owned-and-operated plumbing company, and we are ready to help with your plumbing needs. Call us today at 913-245-2022.

If you continue to experience problems with your drains or toilet, or if you cannot identify what is wrong with your plumbing, do not hesitate to contact the experts at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc. No job is too difficult or too small for a Kansas City plumber on our team to handle.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *