Tips For Fixing Common Toilet Troubles {Giveaway}

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As a plumber, founder of Small Jobs Plumbing – the first female owned and operated plumbing company in Nova Scotia – and mother to an eight-year-old boy, nobody knows clogs better than Tammy Buchanan! You can find some of her fabulous advice for fixing common toilet troubles here, including some helpful videos.

And while you might not always think of it, one of her top tips for avoiding plumbing problems is starting with a toilet paper that breaks down quickly in water. This is especially true if you have low-flow toilets or a septic system, own a cottage or RV or simply have a kid who can’t help but put a little too much in the bowl, right parents?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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145 responses to “Tips For Fixing Common Toilet Troubles {Giveaway}”

  1. Chris — August 13, 2014 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Had now issues so far!

  2. Karen C. Hill — August 13, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#)

    *knock on wood* not yet!

  3. ivy pluchinsky — August 13, 2014 @ 10:54 am (#)

    just the occasional plugged one

  4. Melinda L. — August 13, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    A few here and there, but thankfully they are all minor issues

  5. Jeannie — August 13, 2014 @ 11:11 am (#)

    Knocking on wood…we haven’t had much of a plumbing issue yet.

  6. Karine — August 13, 2014 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Not me personally, but I have a friend who had to deal with it and she was very strict on what you could put in the toilet

  7. Samantha — August 13, 2014 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Use less toilet paper to avoid flushing problems lol

  8. Amy C — August 13, 2014 @ 11:23 am (#)

    Yes, We have had a couple of plumbing issues.

  9. Kayla Schmitke — August 13, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

    No issues so far!

  10. Michelle P — August 13, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Yes!! alot of times, because we live in the country

  11. Maegan Morin — August 13, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    I have toddlers… So yes. They may never understand what “just a little bit” means.

  12. Jennifer P. — August 13, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    We have an ongoing problem with one of the toilets in our new house – it plugs often. Not sure if the previous owner had issues that got passed on to us, or if our toilet paper and the kid’s wet wipes are causing the issue. It is our main toilet that gets the most use, and it doesn’t happen often, but at least once a week I need to plunge it which is more than should be necessary! Might switch to this toilet paper and stop using the wet wipes, even though they say they’re flushable, to see if it makes a difference.

  13. Glogirl — August 13, 2014 @ 11:50 am (#)

    We had our plumbing back up just a few weeks ago! Had to get the septic tank pumped out.

  14. Vesper Meikle — August 13, 2014 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    Thankfully we have never had to deal with any with toilet related/plumbing issues in the past, ever.

  15. Sunshine H — August 13, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Yes, I have had to fix lots of issues.

  16. christy e — August 13, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    We have a septic system so more maintenance.

  17. Alexa Cohen — August 13, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    yes! Theya re the worst!

  18. Jonnie — August 13, 2014 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    Yes! My boys have used too much TP several times and overflowed the toilet…what a mess!

  19. Suzie M — August 13, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    Yes I’m guessing most people have to deal with this difficulty

  20. Julie Lamontagne — August 13, 2014 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    Oh yes I did! Just two weeks ago, my son filled the toilet with a entire roll of TP and then flushed twice…

  21. 409cope — August 13, 2014 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    I haven’t had any toilet issues since my sons were little and would dump toys in the toilet.

  22. Vivian D. — August 13, 2014 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    I have not had any issues yet.

  23. Karry Knisley — August 13, 2014 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    We have a low flow toilet so sometimes the toilet paper doesn’t go down

  24. Doris Calvert — August 13, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    Once, and plumbers are expensive!

  25. Judy Cowan — August 13, 2014 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    No we have been lucky when it has come to the toilet, hope it stays that way!

  26. Jenness M — August 13, 2014 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    Only a couple incidents that required the plunger.

  27. Tara — August 13, 2014 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    We sure have…so much that we had to buy a new toilet.

  28. Stephanie LaPlante — August 13, 2014 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Yes I have and it totally sucks!

  29. Pam — August 13, 2014 @ 6:47 pm (#)

    I usually grab the plunger and get to work.

  30. Wendy hutton — August 13, 2014 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    seem like since we put in a new toliet if clogs real easy, my brother in law says they make them narrower now so they clog easy

  31. Karla Sceviour — August 13, 2014 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    yes,I have,,and have today actually!!!!

  32. Heidi Carlson-reid — August 13, 2014 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    At a hotel last weekend, one of my little guys flushed wipes down the toilet without our knowledge. Needless to say, the toilet backed up and what came up was horrifying. Fortunately, my hubby managed to fix it before impending disaster struck!

  33. Silvia D — August 13, 2014 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    on occasion the kids have over used toilet paper and cause a few plug ups!

  34. Birdiebee — August 13, 2014 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    I’ve had a few in my time along with a toilet that broke while I was sitting on it.

  35. Karen Cochrane — August 13, 2014 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Yep

  36. Ei Leen — August 13, 2014 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    Yes, small issues.

  37. Carol Denny — August 14, 2014 @ 4:41 am (#)

    The kids have blocked it with to much toilet paper

  38. Carol M (Lushka S) — August 14, 2014 @ 6:18 am (#)

    No thankfully

  39. Nicky — August 14, 2014 @ 6:26 am (#)

    yes, and i always call my hubby, mr. fix it!

  40. Katrina Brady — August 14, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    Yes! Terrible problem in our old house. Tree roots! Ugh!

  41. Mike Bratek — August 14, 2014 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Issues are a common problem, especially with the trees and massive bowel movements.

  42. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 14, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    I’ve been very lucky and have never had a problem with a toilet anywhere in the world, except in Manitoba and that like for many was due to tree roots 🙂

  43. Amy Brown — August 14, 2014 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    I’ve had some problems with my daughter jamming things down the toilet so I had to call a plumber.

  44. Ashley O — August 14, 2014 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    Yes ! it was embarrassing and took a long time to fix

  45. Kayla Gilbert — August 14, 2014 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    Yes, one time my toilet wouldn’t stop running all night and we had a huge mess.

  46. Lisa Neutel — August 14, 2014 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    No too many issues yet ..it’s surprising though the way my kids use T.P.

  47. aarone m — August 14, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    No I have not but I am sure it will happen eventually!

  48. Dawn walsh — August 14, 2014 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    no issues so far I have tried this test showed it to a few guy friends they believe me now

  49. Carole Dube — August 14, 2014 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    The occasional plugged one especially the toilette upstairs.

  50. Lee-Ann — August 14, 2014 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    Unfortunately yes – when we first moved in here…we found out the previous people liked to flush cat litter down the toilet..it was horrific

  51. Tanis — August 14, 2014 @ 10:06 pm (#)

    Not me… my hubby has had a problem or two before!

  52. lori b — August 14, 2014 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    my youngest likes to use a roll of tp… constant clogs

  53. ming — August 15, 2014 @ 4:22 am (#)

    No problems

  54. Brenda Penton — August 15, 2014 @ 4:30 am (#)

    So far we’ve luckily had no issues that a plunger couldn’t solve.

  55. Alina R. — August 15, 2014 @ 5:38 am (#)

    Yes, our kids seem to plug up the toilet a lot, and right now one of our toilets seems to run for a long time after being flushed.

  56. Jody D — August 15, 2014 @ 5:44 am (#)

    Absolutely- I have on daughter that could never use enough tp when she was younger…..

  57. Carole B. — August 15, 2014 @ 6:02 am (#)

    yes

  58. Sheila Tomason — August 15, 2014 @ 6:09 am (#)

    Yes. I suppose one of the most innovative issues I ran into was one the former owners of my last house spliced a piece of garden hose into the pipe works.

  59. Karin Dollery — August 15, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    In the last 3 years I have had nothing but problems with my toilet. Flood after flood and am now on our 3rd toilet. One year it happened at Christmas time. I rent so luckily I did not have to pay but the hassle and the days without a toilet were nightmares in itself.

  60. Melanie — August 15, 2014 @ 11:11 am (#)

    I would LOVE to win this prize pack!! Fingers crossed!

  61. Casey Miller — August 15, 2014 @ 11:11 am (#)

    Nothing major

  62. Jeannie — August 15, 2014 @ 11:31 am (#)

    I just had to have the plumber in because the chain in the toilet tank had broken. He had to come in and replace it.

  63. Natalie — August 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    We have had plumbing issues but that was because someone dropped something that was definitely NOT toilet paper down there

  64. Dayna Wilson — August 15, 2014 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    Yep. Just last month my husband backed up the toilet and flooded the bathroom. No fun.

  65. George Meek — August 15, 2014 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    No real problems..plugs up once in a while…our fault…

  66. Julie bolduc — August 15, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    One word HUSBAND!!!! lol I call my hubby ever time

  67. marie catherine — August 15, 2014 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    i get my husband to take care of it lol

  68. Surso S. — August 15, 2014 @ 9:12 pm (#)

    no problems here

  69. Nancy J Montgomery — August 15, 2014 @ 11:20 pm (#)

    No, I’ve been fortunate.

  70. Elizabeth — August 16, 2014 @ 3:53 am (#)

    I am not sure exactly,if this one applies? However,you need to be extra careful,about the amount of Toilet Paper,that is going down the Toilet,because,sometimes it gets clogged!

  71. Jim — August 16, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

    We put in a new plumbing drainage system

  72. Seth — August 16, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    No serious plumbing issues. Our toilet doesn’t flush with much power, so we try not to use a lot of paper.

  73. Deanna Barkley — August 16, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    A plunger usually does the trick!

  74. holly o'gorman — August 16, 2014 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    No, never any toilet of plumbing issues!

  75. Lori JB — August 16, 2014 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    So far so good, no problems!

  76. J — August 16, 2014 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    We haven’t recently.

  77. maria — August 17, 2014 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    Thankfully i have not.

  78. Luisa M. — August 17, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    My husband looks after these things! ;))

  79. Burcu — August 17, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    Our toilet used to plug occasionally

  80. Mei — August 17, 2014 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    We look to youtube or google for a solution

  81. JaimeeM — August 17, 2014 @ 8:00 pm (#)

    Nope, all clear here so far

  82. Kristine Ewald — August 17, 2014 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    My daughter flushed baby wipes down the toliet and they clogged up the system

  83. amber y — August 17, 2014 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    A few issues in the past, but nothing recently.

  84. Miriam Wilton — August 17, 2014 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    we are on septic at the cottage so we run into toilet issues ALL the time

  85. Julie F — August 18, 2014 @ 6:11 am (#)

    We have had a couple of plumbing issues in the past!

  86. jan — August 18, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    I do not remember having any issues in about 20 years.

  87. Viv Sluys — August 18, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    Most of our problems with plumbing have just been the typical kids-use-too-much-tp problems but once we had an issue with a chunk of pumpkin getting flushed. My hubby bought an auger and fixed it himself

  88. louise — August 18, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

    Heureusement ça ne m’aie jamais arrivé.

  89. Sylvia — August 18, 2014 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    Yes almost every 2-3 days.

  90. kelly young — August 18, 2014 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    yes we have had lots of problems

  91. Amanda — August 18, 2014 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    Unfortunately yes. My toilet sometimes refuses to flush all together. Oddly I only have to tap the tank for now and it gets running again. I think a replacement toilet is overdue.

  92. Anna W — August 18, 2014 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    Oh yes, as soon as we moved into our new house. Pipes backed right up in the basement-very gross.

  93. Cassandra Gale — August 18, 2014 @ 7:42 pm (#)

    No issues so far

  94. Lori Jackson — August 19, 2014 @ 6:05 am (#)

    For years now you have to hold the handle down to get the toilet paper down.

  95. Elizabeth R — August 19, 2014 @ 6:35 am (#)

    Yes our septic system needed an emergency pump out.

  96. Radhika Khan — August 19, 2014 @ 8:32 am (#)

    if we have had issues, very calmly and with lots of cleaner!

  97. Sunshine G — August 19, 2014 @ 8:34 am (#)

    Not recently but let’s not jinx it!

  98. wanda macsween — August 19, 2014 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Yes I have had to deal with this.

  99. angela m — August 19, 2014 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    The handle on our toilet broke twice within a year

  100. Tammy Dalley — August 19, 2014 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    haven’t had any issues yet

  101. Belinda McNabb — August 19, 2014 @ 6:10 pm (#)

    I have always been very lucky. No plumbing problems here

  102. jennifer wexler — August 19, 2014 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    i’ve had to bust out the plunger a time or two

  103. Florence C — August 20, 2014 @ 1:16 pm (#)

    Yes I have. The plunger came in handy.

  104. Denise — August 20, 2014 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    I call my husband…and hopefully he can figure it out.

  105. Rebecca Marno — August 20, 2014 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    Not really, and fortunately we are in an apartment so if there ever is an issue… I can call someone to deal with it lol

  106. roger simmons — August 20, 2014 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    I would assume that everyone should be answering Yes to this trick question…lol Of Course!

  107. Donna L. — August 20, 2014 @ 11:40 pm (#)

    I call the plumber.

  108. Elva Roberts — August 21, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    I have had many problems with our toilets. It can be a very frustrating problem and I would love to have some tips for less problems!

  109. Erika E — August 21, 2014 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    Yes, we’ve had some plumbing issues. We had to replace the toilets we were having problems with and now have low flow ones with fewer issues.

  110. Valerie Mallette — August 21, 2014 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    No, luckily I have not dealt with toilet related/plumbing issues.

  111. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 11:04 am (#)

    No I have not had toilet problems

  112. roxy — August 23, 2014 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    Yup! Living in an overpriced small apartment last year! Good luck to all

  113. anna key — August 23, 2014 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    We live in an older building with old plumbing and have definitely have some problems with it!

  114. tanyab79 — August 24, 2014 @ 6:51 am (#)

    I have not dealt with that in years.

  115. Toby — August 24, 2014 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    The only issue is we had new toilets installed and in two of the rooms the contractor put the counter right on top…can’t lift the lid if we need to get in without tearing out the counter! Sooo hopefully no plumbing issues in the future!

  116. kathy downey — August 24, 2014 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    all the time when the kids were small but not the past few years

  117. Alison K — August 24, 2014 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    I have dealt with toilet related/plumbing issues in the past but it was a quick fix & all was back in working order!

  118. Sam — August 25, 2014 @ 9:01 am (#)

    With two boys in the house growing up, plunging was a must.

  119. Tracy — August 26, 2014 @ 10:13 am (#)

    We have, unfortunately, a entire roll of TP down the loo at once -not a pretty tale to tell!

  120. M Gibb — August 26, 2014 @ 6:12 pm (#)

    oh, yes, my kids tried to flush toothpaste and it got stuck

  121. Kam — August 27, 2014 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    Yes, but not recently thank goodness!

  122. Susanne McCarthy — August 28, 2014 @ 4:06 am (#)

    None yet…crossing fingers it stays that way!

  123. MOHAMMAD ANJUM — August 28, 2014 @ 4:19 am (#)

    LOVE TO WIN

  124. BlessedTA — August 28, 2014 @ 7:04 am (#)

    No, I haven’t.

  125. Julie G. — August 28, 2014 @ 7:07 am (#)

    Nope, we’ve been lucky, I guess.

  126. Claire Martel — August 28, 2014 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    No issues recently

  127. nikki robak — August 28, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    constantly our toilet keeps plugging

  128. Sherry K — August 28, 2014 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    nothing major here so far.

  129. Laval Brassard — August 28, 2014 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    Had no issues

  130. Amanda Murray — August 29, 2014 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I’ve spent my fair share of time ‘in the tank’… lol
    I loathe plumbing.

  131. seham merzib — August 29, 2014 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    thankfully no

  132. Sean M — August 29, 2014 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    No problems. We’ve been lucky

  133. Debbie W — September 1, 2014 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    Fortunately, we have not had any major plumbing issues.

  134. Beth Rosell — September 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Thankfully never!

  135. Angela Mitchell — September 3, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    The only thing we’ve had to deal with was the toilet leaking at the base in our old house and recently we had to replace the flusher at our new house.

  136. D. Gibb — September 4, 2014 @ 12:25 pm (#)

    Yes we have !

  137. francine — September 6, 2014 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    not exactly. my husband deals with plumbing problems but there have been times the toilet has overflowed

  138. Kate Hearn — September 8, 2014 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    Ugh, we have a toilet that runs. Real fun when it got clogged

  139. Jennifer L. — September 9, 2014 @ 5:41 am (#)

    My old house had so many problems with the toilets/plumbing. I had to call in plumbers often.

  140. Amie — September 9, 2014 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Once in a while a clog , not very often 🙂

  141. Robyn Bellefleur — September 11, 2014 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    Yes, our toilet over flowed and we had to get a snake to clear the drain.

  142. Marla — September 12, 2014 @ 1:34 am (#)

    No issues yet

  143. Nathan Lapointe — September 12, 2014 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    I hate plugged toilets and would love to win this!

  144. Kim G. — September 13, 2014 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    Yes. Lots of plugged toilets with 6 people & only one bathroom

  145. Shirley OFlynn — April 30, 2019 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    Great tips for easy toilet fixes. Plumbers can be so expensive so we try to do a lot of our home repairs ourselves.

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