Let’s be honest; we’ve all found ourselves in the midst of a stinky situation where our excrement is a bit too much for the toilet to handle. We’re not saying that we’ve put a Brontosaurus to shame, but poop-related accidents can sometimes be over the top.
You might have wondered whether the toilet clog is caused by your animalistic excrement or the fault lies with some other issue, like a sneaky blockage that makes you feel like a toilet abuser after relieving yourself.
Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help you unclog your toilet. While there are medical terms and reasons for humongous excrement, we won’t delve into them as we are not medical experts but more like toilet connoisseurs and in-house plumbers.
You’ll find more information below in the article about what to do if your poop seems to clog the toilet.
Can Poop Clog a Toilet?
At best, handling jammed poop is an embarrassing event, and doubly so if you’re using the toilet as a guest. However, there is really no need for embarrassment or guilt as there are many different factors in play that may cause the toilet to reject your poop.
Why Does My Poop Keep Clogging the Toilet?
While your poop might be more than your toilet could handle, the reality is that you’re human, and toilets are designed to flush a human’s poop. While there are medical exceptions, the real fault might lie with the toilet.
If you want to test this out, simply use the toilet at work, a neighbor’s toilet, or even a restaurant toilet. You don’t have to be embarrassed if you clog them as you are trying to do a scientific experiment. If the toilets outside your house flush your poop with ease, then you should really take a close look at your own toilet.
First of all, take a good look at your toilet type. The make and model of your toilet plays a key role in determining the reason for those constant clogs. In other words, see whether your toilet is a low flush toilet. Low flush toilets are great at saving you a couple of bucks on the water bill but lack the flushing power of regular toilets. Lack of water pressure when flushing may cause your poop to get stuck in the flange or the sewer pipe, resulting in an eventual clog.
To add to the problem, many dry climate states rely on hard water for toilets. Hard water may contain minerals like calcium that gradually build up over time to form a white substance at the base of your toilet. This tightens the drain hole and results in frequent clogs.
Your flushing history may also be the culprit. We all have flushed items down our toilets when we’re too lazy to throw them into the trash. Items like condoms, tampons, wet wipes, face tissues, kitchen towels, and cotton swabs aren’t designed to be flushed as they are tear-resistant. This means they will not disintegrate easily, even if completely submerged in water. Over time, these items can form clogs in parts of the toilet you can’t see, like the flange or sewer pipe, and leave you questioning both your poop and your sanity when your toilet won’t flush.
How to Flush Poop That’s Too Big to Flush
Finally, we’ve entered the domain of our expertise. If the poop is mightier than the flush, don’t worry, we’ll bring you up to speed on the actions you need to take to flush like a king.
The first line of defense against stubborn poops is the trusty old toilet plunger. Some words of wisdom: plungers are efficient tools that operate based on the laws of vacuum, which in plain terms means a lot of splashing. If you take this path, make sure you have the necessary kit to protect yourself from splashes. If your toilet is filled with water and poop, using a plunger straightaway will result in splashes as the plunger can’t create a strong enough vacuum seal. Simply take a bucket and empty out as much poop as possible before you start to plunge. You can use a ladle, your hands (with glows), or an old can that can be discarded after the smelly ordeal.
Once you’ve removed most of the excrement, grasp your plunger firmly and place it on the toilet drain. Don’t use too much force, and firmly but gently press down with the plunger until you feel a nice seal forming between the plunger and the drain. Once you have a seal, start plunging in an up and down fashion for a couple of minutes and then swiftly pull the plunger upwards and pray that no poop splashes on you. If you’ve done this right, the toilet should be in working order. You can try this a second time if the poop remains stubbornly stuck.
If this didn’t do it, start thinking like an alchemist and whip out your baking soda and white vinegar.
Baking Soda and White Vinegar
Baking soda and white vinegar is your household’s alchemical solution to even the most stubborn poops. Combining these two ingredients creates a bubbly effect that can clear out a toilet clog in a manner of minutes.
The steps are very simple. First, fill a cup with baking soda and pour it down the toilet. Wait for a couple of minutes, then slowly add two cups of white vinegar. The reaction will cause the concoction to expand and bubble, so if your toilet is on the verge of overflowing, make sure to scoop some of the water out.
Leave the concoction to work its magic for about 20-30 minutes, and then flush your toilet. If the toilet is still clogged, you can repeat the same action to clean the toilet thoroughly.
Other Types of Solutions
While baking soda and vinegar mix might be a great solution, it has no power over non-water-soluble clogs. That’s why we’ve come prepared and wrote another article explaining nearly every method that can be applied to unclog a toilet when nothing else works.
Regardless of the cause, it’s best to take care of a clog as soon as possible because clogs can do hidden damage to your whole toilet installation. If the damage is severe, a plumber may have to uninstall your toilet and pipes.
Finally, if your poop size is the problem, consulting a certified physician would be the best way forward.