A clogged toilet can be frustrating and even messy for you. Plumbers are experts in this field, because they deal with clogged toilets and sewage lines quite often. Here are four tips that your plumber wants you to know about items that commonly cause toilet blockages.

Flushing Unacceptable Items

Items such as baby wipes, tampons, and grease should not get flushed down the toilet. Anything other than human waste and toilet paper should not go into your toilet. 

Toilet paper is made so that it easily dissolves, preventing blockages. Use the trash to throw away anything else.


Children are not actually falling in and clogging your toilet, they are causing the clogs. Children tend to use unnecessary amounts of toilet paper, and to flush extra toilet paper for fun. Make sure to watch your children when they are using the toilet, to make sure they use the right amount.

Also, watch that your children don't throw anything else into your toilet. Items like toys, wrappers, and trash can easily cause a clog. Keep a close eye on younger children anytime they are in the bathroom with access to the toilet.

Multiple-ply Toilet Paper

Most plumbers will tell you that toilet paper with more than one ply is a common cause of toilet blockages. Single ply toilet paper dissolves the easiest and double or triple ply paper take more time to break down in the sewage. Any type of toilet paper that is advertised as being strong or thick is more likely to give your toilet's pipes a problem.

The best thing you can do to prevent a blockage when using a multi-ply toilet paper is to limit the amount you use. If you need to use extra toilet paper, flush once in the middle of your business, then again at the end. This will help to break down into smaller portions the amount of toilet paper you flush.

Low Flow Toilet

Not every toilet has been created equal, but all toilets are stamped with the year in which they were made. The stamp is usually found on the back of the toilet's tank, so you can check your toilet's origination date. If your toilet was made after 1992, it may be a low flow toilet and will use less water when you flush it. Toilets were made to use less water to help conserve water and help the environment.

Sometimes your toilet business might need a lot of water to completely flush everything out. If your toilet is a low flow toilet, you need to be aware of this so you can force the toilet to use more water. To do this just hold down the toilet's flush handle for three to four seconds, allowing extra water to rinse down the drain. This should prevent any clogs from occurring in a low flush toilet.

Watch out for any of these causes of toilet clogs and you will be using the plunger and calling for plumber services less often.