After a long and busy day, the last thing you need is a toilet that suddenly stops functioning. A clogged toilet is one of the inconveniences at home that you would likely want to avoid at all costs.
Toilet clogs are not only disgusting and messy–they also damage pipes and flooring. This could lead to costly repairs and frequent calls for plumbing services.
In this blog, we will give you a rundown of tips on how to prevent a toilet clog from happening in your home.
1. Always keep the lid closed.
Most people call for plumbing services because a foreign item (i.e. a small toy) is blocking the pipes. One simple way to keep objects out of the toilet bowl is to keep the lid closed. This will stop small objects from falling into the toilet bowl.
Also, parents should consider educating their young children about the dangers of putting common household items down the toilet.
2. Don’t put grease down the drain.
Grease should never make its way into any drain, including your toilet. The cool water present in the fixture can solidify any kind of grease in an instant. At a significant amount, grease can cause a major clog in the part where the toilet connects to the floor or down the pipes. Even worse, grease can build up on the pipe walls. A build-up can trap flowing objects in the drain, which can completely block the water flow.
3. Avoid using too much toilet paper.
One of the most common causes of obstructions in a toilet is using too much toilet paper. While it’s made to dissolve, toilet paper does not break down easily. Having too much of it in your drain at once can cause a serious clog, as the tissue will not be able to pass through the floor drain or P-trap.
4. Refrain from using chemical drain cleaners.
While plumbers are quite divided when it comes to the use of chemical drain cleaners, we say it’s not worth the risk. If they splatter on your skin or their inhaled accidentally, these products can be harmful. Strong substances can damage old pipes and fixtures, and they are not something you’d want in your water system.
5. Don’t be afraid to call for professional help.
Some tasks are just too complicated for even an experienced DIYer to tackle on their own. If your toilet is constantly clogging or there’s brown water backing up into your sink or shower when you flush, call for plumbing services ASAP. Those are signs of a more serious problem only an expert can fix.
Keeping Your Toilet Clog-Free
A clogged commode often leads to a frustrated family and unpleasant cleanup. It can also have a major impact on your daily routine at home. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Don’t wait for a clog to happen before you start taking proper care of your most important bathroom fixture.
If you want to avoid another clogging incident, schedule plumbing services regularly to keep your toilet well-maintained.