Toilet paper naturally unclogs itself with time. In the case of toilet paper that remains clogged after hours, consider what might be causing it.
Recently, I got into the same situation where the toilet paper was not unclogging itself even though it usually breaks down within 15-20 minutes. In my case, it was the use of low-quality toilet paper that I bought from a general store.
There is no guarantee that you’ll also have the same cause. Because the cause can be anything from a low water level to low-quality toilet paper to an obstructed pipe.
I’ve spent hours researching why toilet paper fails to unclog itself. In this post, you’ll learn everything about unclogging toilet paper, and how to make the process faster.
Let’s get Into It!
Will Toilet Paper Unclog Itself? (Answered!)
Toilet paper dissolves itself within 15 to 20 minutes of flushing into the toilet bowl, preventing the formation of clogs. Its dissolving process sometimes slows down when there is a low water level in the toilet bowl, low-quality toilet paper, or an obstructed pipe.
Why Do Toilet Papers Get Clogged? (4 Major Causes)
Clogs in the toilet bowl may occur due to toilet papers for the following reasons:
- Low Water Level In the Bowl: Clogs can occur when the toilet paper is not long enough to reach the water in the toilet bowl due to the low water level.
- Low-Quality Toilet Paper: Low-quality toilet paper slows down the dissolving process, creating problems in your pipes, and builds up over time to form clogs.
- Obstructed Pipes: When you flush objects other than waste forms clog because they are too big for the pipes to carry off and get stuck in the pipes.
- Too Much Toilet Paper: Clog also occurs when you use too much toilet paper and don’t wait for it to unravel before flushing.
5 Tips to Make Your Toilet Paper Unclog Faster
Get A Rapid Toilet Paper Dissolver
Using a rapid toilet paper dissolver solution will help you unclog toilet paper clogs faster. Due to its special enzymes properties, these solutions easily break down toilet paper clogs in your pipes, keeping the drain lines flowing freely.
It is quite difficult to find one that works effectively, however, RV Tissue Digester by Thetford has helped many get rid of toilet paper build ups. This tissue digester is completely biodegradable, making it safe for various water treatment systems.
How to Use Tissue Digesters? Pour about half a cup into the toilet bowl. Once it dissolves the paper into almost a liquid state, flush the system to let it carry away.
While RV Tissue Digester is specifically designed for RV’s waste treatment systems, it can also be used in regular home toilets with septic systems.
If you need to unclog toilet paper clogs, a plunger is a must-have tool. It has a rubber cup that creates a seal with the inside of the toilet bowl. The suction created by the plunger sucks water out of the clogged area and forces it through the drain pipe.
Here’s how to use Plunger to Unclog Toilet Paper Clog:
- Open the seat of your Toilet and support it against the toilet tank.
- Take the Toilet Plunger and put it into the bowl.
- Ensure the suction cup of plunger covers the toilet drain opening.
- Then, plunge the toilet downwards and upwards over the toilet drain opening. This will create a suction that pulls and pushes the clog.
Upon removing the plunger, the toilet bowl will empty, indicating that the clog has been dissolved. Try flushing the toilet to confirm whether the toilet paper is fully dissolved.
Use Toilet Auger
A toilet auger known as plunger’s snake can also be used to break up and remove toilet paper clogs, which will allow water to flow freely again. The tool consist a metal rod with a corkscrew-shaped piece of wire at one end remove clogs in the toilet by breaking up the blockage and pushing it through the toilet drain.
Here’s how to use Toilet Auger to Unclog Toilet Paper Clog:
- Insert the hooked end of the auger into the toilet drain opening.
- Push it down the drain and stop when you notice some resistance.
- When you notice some resistance, it means you’ve reached the clog.
- Rotate the handle and keep pushing the auger inward until the barbs disintegrate the stuck toilet paper.
Once you are done with the steps, remove the auger and inspect whether the water is draining smoothly. If not, repeat the process again.
Take Help of Cleaning Solutions
If using tools such as a plunger or auger didn’t work, you can try a few home cleaning solutions to break down the toilet paper clog. To do this, you’ll need soap, baking soda, and vinegar; Baking soda and vinegar will help break down the clog, while dish soap help lubricate the drain so that the clog can move freely.
Here’s how to lubricate the drain using Dish Soap:
- Put a half cup of dish soap into the toilet bowl and leave it for 10 minutes.
- Make sure that the soap has cleared the clog by flushing.
- If dish soap didn’t do the trick, pour some hot water (not boiling water) in from about waist level. Combined with the dish soap, it will help dislodge the clog.
- Flush again to check if that worked.
Here’s how to break down the clog using Baking Soda & Vinegar:
- Half-fill the toilet bowl with water. When the solution bubbles up, add or remove water as needed to prevent overflow.
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl.
- Then, pour 1 cup of vinegar. This will make the solution bubble up again.
- Leave it for 20 minutes, then flush down the toilet.
- Finally, check if the toilet drains normally. If it didn’t worked, repeat the process.
Always Pick the Right Toilet Paper
Some people like to use the softer, more expensive toilet papers while others prefer the cheaper, rougher ones. But there’s a third type that many people don’t know about and it’s the best kind to use when you need something that dissolves quickly.
This third type is called “flushable cloth-like tissue.” It is made from a material called cellulose which is basically cotton fibers that have been spun together into a long string and then cut into sheets. This type of paper dissolves in water quickly, so it won’t clog your pipes or take forever to clean up.
What toilet paper dissolves the best? I recommend getting the Cottonelle toilet papers as they are made up of quilted cotton, which makes it soft, strong and dissolve quickly.
FAQs on Unclogging Toilet Papers
How Long Does Toilet Paper Take to Dissolve Itself?
Toilet paper usually takes 15-20 minutes to dissolve completely in a toilet bowl.
Can I Leave A Clogged Toilet Overnight?
Leaving a clogged toilet overnight is not a good idea as it could make things worse. However, If you plan to do for any reason, ensure the toilet is completely covered in water. This prevents odors from spreading and possibly help the clog break faster.
What Happens If you Flush A Clogged Toilet?
If you flush a clogged toilet, the water in the toilet will rise and overflow. This is because there is no hole for the water to go down. Instead, it will flow out of the bowl and onto your floor. So only flush after getting the clog dissolved completely.
What Kind of Toilet Paper Dissolves the Best?
Typically, Toilet papers that are made from a material called cellulose (which is basically cotton fibers) dissolves the best.
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