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Preventing Clogs In A Low Flush Toilet

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All toilets can clog, but the risk of clogging is higher in a low-flush toilet due to the low volume of water it uses. Here are a few measures to reduce the risk of clogging in a low-flush toilet:

Don't Use Ultra Toilet Papers

The first thing is to consider the type of toilet paper you are using. Specifically, you should avoid the extra fluffy ultra-style toilet papers that are popular for their extra-absorbent nature. These toilets paper may seem more luxurious for their efficiency in absorbing moisture, but they are not gentle on your low-flush toilet. The ultra-style toilet paper will absorb considerably more water than regular toilet paper. This means the toilet paper will just absorb the water and sit within the drains rather than flow along, increasing the risk of a clog.

Watch What Goes Into the Toilet

It is always a good idea to watch what goes into the toilet irrespective of the type of toilet you have. However, this is more important for a low-flush toilet because the risk of clogging is high. You should particularly watch out for absorbent or heavy materials such as wipes and tampons; these two will even absorb water and puff up within the drains, causing a blockage. The only thing that should go into the toilet is the human wastes it was meant for plus the wastewater, and nothing else.

Conduct Periodic Drain Cleaning

When it comes to drains, prevention is always better than cure. This is because drains or toilets rarely clog overnight; it is the little buildup of debris or wastes that eventually add up to serious blockage and causes clogging. This means you can get rid of the small wastes and avoid a major clogging problem by cleaning the drains even before the toilet is clogged. Do this regularly and you will be able to avoid actual clogging.

Use Other Water Fixtures in the House

Installing low-flush toilets plus other water-efficient water fixtures in the house is a good thing as far as water conservation is concerned. However, you also need to retrofit your plumbing or drain system to maintain its efficiency despite the reduced water usage. This is necessary because it is the water that keeps the waste moving in the drains. If you haven't don't that yet, then you should make sure your other appliances that use water, such as the washing machine and dishwasher, are regularly used. That way the drains will still get the necessary water to keep the wastes moving.

Contact local plumbing services for more help.