Plumbing 101: Why Your Northwest Side Toilet Keeps Clogging

Plumbing 101: Why Your Northwest Side Toilet Keeps Clogging

With over a decade of serving the homeowners and residential property owners on Chicago’s Northwest Side, Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer is the best source of honest plumbing information you’ll find in the area. And with our licensed and insured plumbers having garnered more than 500 five-star reviews in that time you can trust what we tell you and the services we offer.

On that note, we felt it would be helpful to share some of the most common reasons for a continuously clogging toilet on Chicago’s Northwest Side. First off, we want to help those with this issue because we know it’s frustrating to deal with again and again. Secondly, there are some reasons that will not require a plumber and that just might save you money.

From our five-star reputation you can probably tell we’re big on doing that for our customers whenever we can. Of course, you’re always welcome to call our world-class residential service plumbers any time you need answers or an estimate at (773) 633-6139.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Repeated Toilet Clogs?

Okay, we’ve explained why we care and why you can believe in what we have to tell you when it comes to Northwest Side plumbing. Now let’s dive into the biggest reasons a Northwest Side toilet might become clogged regularly and what you can do to fix it.

Your Toilet’s Pipes Are Obstructed: Any time you have a toilet clog in your Northwest Side home the very first thing you or your plumber – hopefully a Vanguard plumber you can depend on – will think of is that there’s something stuck in the pipes that’s continually catching material and clogging the toilet. That’s probably a good guess too as most toilet clog problems – both repeat ones and one-offs – have to do with an obstruction in the pipes.

Thankfully, this is the simplest problem to solve with the right tools, the right team and the right approach. Just call Vanguard right away and we’ll come out and get to the bottom of your pipe obstruction and clear your toilet for good!

Your Water Is Too Hard or Mineralized: While this isn’t an issue for many Northwest Side homeowners due to the way that water treatment plants deal with waste water in Illinois and Chicagoland but it might be an issue with older pipes and dated plumbing systems. Hard water buildup is basically minerals collecting on the inside of your pipes and over time it can severely limit the outflow of water and waste from your Northwest Side toilet.

Hard water problems can be solved with a water softener system. You can also install a water filtration system for your taps because if the water is hard in pipes it’s hard in sinks and tubs too. Vanguard offers re-pipe services if the issue is severe enough.

Your Toilet Tank Needs More Water: One common problem that our Northwest Side plumbers encounter when dealing with problem toilets is a lack of enough water in the tank. Without sufficient water to push the wastewater and material through the pipes you can end up with what looks like a clog but is actually a failure to properly remove the waste. This usually stems from two causes – the float is set too low or the water valve behind the toilet is not opened completely.

While you can call Vanguard to find out what the issue is it’s pretty easy to fix it yourself if it’s either of the two issues we discussed above. But if you’d like a professional opinion we’ll be happy to provide one when you call (773) 633-6139 or submit a contact form.

It’s the Toilet Paper You’re Using: Believe it or not this is one of the most, if not the most, common toilet clogging problem is actually the toilet paper a Northwest Side homeowners is using in their bathrooms. While you’d think that all toilet papers are created equal you’d be wrong. Some are designed to be extra thick and absorbent and these can lead to issues over time. Sometimes they don’t break up fast enough to get past obstructions – even minute ones – and get hung up and that cycle keeps repeating until you have a problem on your hands.

The team from Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer can quickly clear this clog issue with a plumber’s snake. We’ll break up the clog and allow the system to flush normally. Then you simply change toilet paper brands or use less than you have in the past.

It Could Be Diet-Related Too: The pros at Vanguard are plumbers not dieticians so take this as a bit of advice from a team with more than a decade of delivering fantastic residential plumbing services throughout Chicago’s Northwest Side. A meat-heavy diet low in fiber can lead to waste that’s harder than most. This makes it very difficult for a normal toilet to operate effectively because the amount of water needed to break apart the waste is far more than is available.

This leads to buildup and clogs that cannot be removed without lots of plunger work or a call to the pros at Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer at (773) 633-6139. You may also think about stool softeners or fiber if possible to ease the burden on your Northwest Side toilets.

Get Vanguard’s Toilet Plumbing Services on the Northwest Side!

When your Northwest Side toilet keeps clogging and you’re at wit’s end just take a dep breath and call Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer to have our team answer all your toilet clog questions and schedule the best time for a visit. Our Northwest Side plumbing experts – the highest rated toilet plumbers in Chicagoland – will make quick work of your toilet clogs and have you back in the saddle again in no time. Call now or just fill out a website contact form so that we can call you!

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Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer
Phone: (773) 633-6139
Location: 4352 N. Kenneth Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60641

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