Do’s & Don’ts For Preventing Toilet Troubles
DO clean your toilet regularly and do so with a mild cleaner.
Nearly 99% of toilets today are made from porcelain so using products such as vinegar, baking soda or a mild soap are all great choices for regular cleaning. Not only will cleaning your toilet help keep your bathroom sanitized and smelling better it will also allow you to spot any leaks or problems that may exist with the bathrooms plumbing.
DO take time every 6 months to inspect your toilet’s inner workings.
This will help you determine that the components are still functioning properly, and everything is in good shape. Best way to achieve this is to take off the tank lid and flush the toilet so you can inspect the components. Watch the components making sure the flapper is sealing well and the fill valve stops running at an appropriate water level.
DO fix a running or leaking toilet right away.
Toilet leaks are easy to overlook or keep putting off getting them fixed because they are typically “silent”. Silent meaning you will not necessarily find a puddle of water on the floor since the water is commonly leaking out from the tank into the bowl. Toilet leaks are typically slow leaks too, so you might not even notice a small increase in your bills each month until you look back and realize you’re paying $100 more for water this month than you did at the same time last year.
DO take time to teach children about the proper way to care for a toilet.
While it is easiest to take care of this during the potty-training stages you can still teach older children as well. You can teach them what can and cannot be flushed, how to monitor their toilet paper usage to help prevent clogs and the proper way to clean a toilet. This will not only help prevent toilet troubles in your household but will teach them life skills that will come in handy once they move into their own apartments or homes one day.
DO consider what kind of toilet paper you are using.
Not all toilet paper is created equal. Although you may love the super soft ultra-deluxe cushy toilet paper you’re using, chances are your sewage or septic system doesn’t (especially your septic system, as it already has enough to break down without adding indestructible toilet paper). While this isn’t as much of a problem for those on a municipal sewage line, using too much toilet paper or toilet paper that doesn’t break down easily can clog the sewage pipes inside your home and cause backups in the lateral line that connects your home to the municipal line.
DO buy a flange plunger and learn how to use it properly.
A lot of toilet clogs are simple to remove with a bucket full of hot water and a good plunger. If you cannot remove the clog with a plunger, an auger or snake in a good back up.
DON’T use chemical drain cleaners to unclog your toilet.
Some plumbers will say ‘yeah’, and others will say ‘no’ when it comes to using drain cleaners. However, it is just not worth the risks involved using these products. Not only are these products harmful to your health if accidentally splattered on your skin, consumed, or even inhaled too much, they can damage older fixtures and pipes, and really are not something anyone wants in our water systems. They can also cause a lot of trouble for homes with septic systems if they kill off the good bacteria in there.
DON’T use a brick to save water in your tank
Unless your toilet is older than the mid-90’s, you are using 1.6 gallons per flush (or less), and most sewage systems really do need that much water to effectively move the waste. Bricks can also break down and clog your pipes.
DON’T flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.
Please do not do this. We cannot say this enough.
DON’T be afraid to call a plumber (A-1) when you need to.
Some jobs are just too big or too complicated for even experienced DIY’s to handle on their own. If your toilet is continually clogging or you get brown water backing up into your shower or sink when you flush, those are symptoms of a more serious problem that you will need professional help with.
If issues arise in your home that you are not comfortable with handling on your own let the professionals here at A-1 Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration handle them for you. Not only will it give you peace of mind but you’ll also receive quality, affordable service with a smile!!