It is a common issue for toilets to become clogged, though it can still come as a surprise. One of the most common causes of toilet clogging is too much toilet paper being put into the toilet, preventing water from getting past it. This means your toilet cannot function as it should. This article will give you the best tips for how to dissolve toilet paper in a sewer line to get your toilet working the way it should be, as well as telling you how to keep the main sewer line in your home clean.
Toilet paper clogs are commonplace, but it is important to remember that they can be a symptom of something more serious like a fault within your plumbing system, or it can mean that something was flushed down the toilet that it wasnt able to handle or dissolve. The most common causes of clogging are:
- Too much toilet paper being flushed
- The toilet trap becoming clogged
- A blocked toilet vent
- Sewer lines becoming clogged because of a collapsed system
- The toilet being old and needing to be replaced
The main thing is that, regardless of the cause of the issue, it’s essential that you get rid of clogs as soon as you possibly can to prevent bigger problems later down the line. When clogs are left for too long, bacteria can start to multiply and this can cause unpleasant smells, even resulting in Legionnaires disease which can cause serious health problems.
Now, let’s explore how to dissolve toilet paper in a sewer line:
The first thing to know is that it’s unlikely going to be as easy as pouring a strong substance like bleach down the drain, and bleach can cause toxic fumes when left sitting for too long, so it’s best not to try this, but rather look at the steps below.
- Use a toilet plunger; this should be the first thing you try. When you create pressure from plunging it can break up clogs and your toilet can resume flushing as normal. When the water level in the toilet bowl goes down to its regular level, this is how you will know that the clog has been broken up.
- Pour hot water and washing up liquid into the toilet; do this by pouring dish soap into the bowl (half a bottle should be enough) and follow this up with boiling water. Leave this to sit for around 30 minutes to 1 hour and then try to flush the toilet. The toilet should then be working as it was before.
- Use a toilet snake; if the clog still isn’t shifting, then a toilet snake might be needed. This method is best done by a professional plumber who is going to know how to use it properly.