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What Usually Causes Toilet Backups

Have you ever encountered a backed up toilet at work or at home? This is probably one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a property owner, and things can escalate quite quickly if you don’t address the concern right away. Apart from the mess, such a problem can also lead you to incur costs you haven’t prepared for; everything from pipe issues to damaged flooring for example.

Now there are several things that can cause toilet backups, some of which are personal habits that everyone should really take a closer look into:


  1. Using too much toilet paper

There simply are people who go overboard when they use toilet paper in the bathroom. Even if toilet papers appears to be soluble, excessive usage can lead to clogging; especially since it’s habitual for people to flush paper down the toilet. This is why being more mindful of your usage can help you prevent this issue altogether.

  1. Being careless when it comes to flushing

Apart from toilet paper, there are people who flush other things down the toilet; things that aren’t meant to go down the pipe system. Tampons, sanitary pads, diapers, Qtips, baby wipes and even toys on certain occasions, find themselves in sewer systems. Toilet paper is made out of thin materials yet can clog up toilet and cause problems. Some of these other items are even worse as they are denser and do not break down.

  1. Waste accumulation over time

There are instances when organic waste can be blamed for backing toilets up as well. Especially when there are plenty of individuals sharing a limited number of toilets, excessive waste accumulation can be an issue. If the pipe system is problematic then clogging can be expected. If, at any one time, one person excretes too much waste to flush down in one go, the same problem may arise.

  1. Poorly-maintained pipes and sewer systems

There are also other potential causes of toilets breaking down and most of them arise from poor system maintenance. Just like any type of equipment, drain and pipe systems need to be cleaned and cleared of debris. It’s normal for these systems to extend outside of the home or office. This is why pipe systems are usually susceptible to root growth. Over time, roots can damage the pipes apart from blocking the flow of water and waste. And as the pipes break down over time, they can collapse on you. When they do, you’ll be left with damaged pathways making it difficult for anything to pass through. With enough accumulated waste, you can expect your toilets to not function as they should.

As you can see, most of these toilet clog causes can be avoided by those using the toilets with the incentive of reduced clogs and potential repairs. So, if you need help with backed-up toilets in the Tucson area or even if you just have questions about how we work and the services we provide, you can reach Spartan Plumbing at our 24/7 hotline (520) 617-1000.

When it comes to your plumbing, the wisest decision for you will be to work with a professional. This is because we can diagnose the problem and give you longer-lasting solutions.

At Spartan Plumbing, we will get to the root of your plumbing problems. We’ll inspect your sewer line, pipes, and see where all the trouble is coming from. Then, you can expect us to give you insights on the best, safest, and most cost-effective solutions. Whatever the problem, big or small, you can rest assured that we’ll be ready when you call.