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Can Toilet Paper Clog Your Toilet?

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Does your toilet gets clogged frequently? It’s a messy, unpleasant, inconvenient experience, and you probably would be glad if it never happened again. In order to prevent clogs, you make sure to never flush anything that could be damaging, like food, feminine hygiene products, or trash. But what if the clogs keep forming?

As strange as it sounds, toilet paper may cause your constant clogs. Not all toilet paper is made the same, and some things may get stuck in your plumbing (apofraxeis Kallitheas). This post can help you figure out why toilet paper might clog your toilet and what to do about it.

Why Does Toilet Paper Form Clogs?

You would think that since toilet paper is designed to go into the toilet, it wouldn’t cause any problems. However, that isn’t always the case – there are a few reasons why toilet paper clogs form:

  • Low-flow toilets. You may have chosen a low-flow toilet for its efficiency. After all, you care about the environment, and you don’t want to waste water. You also want your water bill to remain low. However, because low-flow toilets use less water, the water pressure isn’t as high. Therefore, the thickness of the toilet paper used is something to be aware of.
  • Rough pipes. New pipes are smooth and clean, which means that waste goes through them easily. However, the pipes get coated in grease and waste over time, and the edges may get rougher. All of these factors can cause toilet paper to become stuck more easily. Older cast iron pipes can be more at risk for clogs.
  • Too much toilet paper. As you have doubtless observed, too much toilet paper can clog your toilet. Generally, adults tend to know how much toilet paper is too much, so this probably isn’t an issue for you. However, if you have a child who is still learning, you may have to deal with clogs frequently.
  • Toilet paper that doesn’t dissolve well. You may love getting ultra-plush toilet paper-you want a product that is soft, absorbent, and strong. However, if you get a toilet paper that is too thick, it may not dissolve very well, which means that it can get stuck in your pipes and cause clogs. If you eliminate other reasons why your toilet is clogging, your toilet paper itself might be to blame.

Your clogging problem may be caused by one issue or a combination of problems. You may have to do some experimenting to get rid of the problem.

How Can I Stop Clogs?

The annoying part about toilet paper clogging your toilet is that it’s 100% preventable. Some countries may not flush anything, including toilet paper. In Canada, we like to flush our used toilet paper with our waste. The most important thing you can do to prevent clogs is to limit the amount of toilet paper per flush, even if it results in multiple flushes. 

Plumbing and Drainage Contractors – Αποφράξεις Αθήνας – also suggest that you be more scrutinizing in terms of toilet paper selection. While toilet paper companies market their ultra-soft, ultra-thick toilet paper, it’s actually not ideal for your plumbing system. The thicker the toilet paper, the longer it takes for it to dissolve. Your three criteria in toilet paper selection are:

  • Soft to the touch.
  • Strong enough so that it does not fall to pieces when you use it.
  • Has a fast rate of dissolving.

To keep yourself from going cross-eyed while strolling the aisles at the supermarket, put the plunger down and spend a little time on the Internet. Research a good toilet paper that fits your needs and your plumbing system. Compare one, two, and three-ply versions and check out other categories, such as:

  • Absorbency
  • Softness
  • Strength
  • Clog-ability

There are many brands on the market, so one is bound to fit the bill! Constant plumbing repairs can now be a thing of the past.

A Not-So Definitive Solution

As it turns out, this issue isn’t black and white. It is the amount and volume of toilet paper that dictates no matter whether or not a clog and more plumbing repairs will result. Using a minimal amount of rest room paper amongst flushes will maintain your system healthy and free from injury. On the other hand, if you use fifty percent a roll at a time, be geared up to suffer the effects!

Any toilet paper made with 100% recycled paper will dissolve almost completely. It is the best toilet paper to use.

Instead of being made up of long, strong fibers, recycled paper has short fibers that easily break apart into short little pieces.

The tinier the pieces are, the less likely they are to get caught on the edges, rough spots, or corners in your plumbing. No getting caught means no clogging means no running from the bathroom being chased by a lava-like flow of poo.

What exactly is recycled toilet paper made of?

Recycled toilet paper isn’t made up of used toilet paper. It’s made up of post consumer recycled content (PCR). The bad part of that is the fact that this includes papers that have BPA in them. 

Things like credit card printouts and lottery tickets are made with paper that has BPA. Those things are then added to the other papers that consumers recycle (like cardboard) and end up getting BPA into the recycled paper.

HOWEVER the amount of BPA is minimal (we’re talking parts per billion) and if you’re going to weigh pros and cons, the pros of using recycled toilet paper far outweigh the cons. The BPA in recycled paper is insignificant compared to what we come into contact with daily.

What About When I’m Away From Home?

Did you know that in many countries, you aren’t supposed to flush the toilet paper? Generally, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and the US all flush toilet paper, but much of the rest of the world doesn’t-and if you try to do so in those areas, you might clog the pipes. You probably don’t want to cause or deal with a plumbing emergency while on vacation.

If you plan on travelling in an unfamiliar country, make sure to look up how they handle toilet paper before you leave. However, if you are travelling now and you aren’t sure, just check the bathroom. If there is a waste-basket that has toilet paper in it already, you should probably throw the paper away instead of flushing it.

If your toilet keeps clogging just from waste and toilet paper, make sure you are using a small amount of the right kind of toilet paper. However, if you have further problems, contact Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου Καλλιθέας . We can help you address the problem and discuss your options, including replacing the toilet fixture.

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