One of the biggest disturbances you can encounter in your home is undoubtedly a clogged toilet. Especially if you live in a condo and you only have one bathroom, or if you have a large family and two toilets are essential to keep the peace within the house, clogged toilets are something that you want to avoid. Far too many people treat their toilet like a garbage can and don’t really know how to look after it properly, which is why toilet issues occur so frequently. To help you prevent toilet troubles and maintain a happy and healthy bathroom, here are a few dos – and don’ts – to help you look after your toilet in the best way.
Don’t treat is like a garbage can!
Toilet systems can be sensitive, especially if you live in a condo building. Whatever you do, don’t treat your toilet like a garbage can and make sure you reserve baby wipes and face wipes, cotton pads, sanitary and hygiene products, and cat litter for the actual garbage can. While things like face wipes look like they will disintegrate, they take much longer to fragment than normal tissue paper and can easily cause clogged toilets, especially if the pipes are quite small.
Do combat clogs immediately
If you do end up putting products other than human waste down the toilet, or your system simply gets clogged up with toilet paper, make sure you tackle the problem immediately. If your toilet backs up, whatever you do, do not continue flushing as this can result in an overflowing toilet and a very unpleasant mess to clean up. If you’ve tried plunging and that doesn’t work, the issue is likely further down the line and your best option is to call a plumber to tend to the blockage.
Whether you’re thinking about attempting to fix the water pressure valve, trying to fix a leak yourself, or during a renovation, trying to fit a new toilet, quit while you’re ahead and call your local plumber instead. The last thing you want to do is cause more problems and permanent plumbing damage, as a bad leak can lead to serious structural damage which you will definitely want to avoid. Plumbers are for more than just clogged toilets.
Do maintain it
It goes without saying that you should be active in keeping your toilet clean and hygienic and free of nasty germs. Clean it properly once a week, and avoid harsh and toxic cleaners as these can damage the inside of your toilet as well as contaminate the waterways. If ever you notice a leak, or hear odd sounds coming from your toilet, give Mr. Plumber a call to check things over and make sure it’s in the best condition possible.
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