Do you know how to keep your toilet running and in good shape? Here are five tips for just that!
- Provide an Alternate Garbage Disposal: You should place a small trash can near each toilet in the home. This is an economical way of preventing clogged toilets that could be the result of something getting flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t have been even near it in the first place.
- Keep Surfaces Clear: Many clogged toilets also result from accidents where an object is knocked into the toilet accidentally. This often happens when nearby counters are filled with small objects like bottles and cosmetics.
- Flush Twice, When Necessary: If waste is not removed after the first flush, you should flush again. However, if these multiple flushes are becoming incredibly common, then you need to consider that there may be a serious problem with the toilet itself. Not to mention, multiple flushes are also a waste of water. If you want to avoid higher spending on water bills and further damage to your plumbing system, you should instead contact a licensed plumber to determine what service will be needed to fix the problem.
- Learn to Plunge: You probably have a plunger in your home but do you know how to do it properly? If not, please follow these steps: insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, position the plunger over the drainage hole and plunge vigorously until the water levels in the toilet bowl go down, and this will then let you know the clog has been successfully removed.
- Educate Family Members: Children and adults alike need to know what absolutely shouldn’t be thrown down the drain. You should inform your family these objects should stay far away from your toilet: paper products (cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls), household waste products (kitty litter, human or pet hair, grease, oil), or other materials (toys, medications, articles of clothing).
Hopefully following these tips will keep your toilet in good condition, and there’ll be no need for a plumber. Clogged toilets can be one of the more annoying plumbing problems for families.