Among the more unpleasant things that can happen in your home is a clogged toilet. If it’s running slower than usual or you find yourself using the plunger more than you’d like, it might be time to call the professional plumbers at Forrest Anderson.
Excess toilet paper, kids’ toys, toothbrushes, Q-tips, and cotton balls are among the most common culprits of your toilet’s attitude problem.
How to use a plunger. We’ve all got a plunger stashed in a bathroom. Some of us use it to hold extra rolls of toilet paper but what happens when the toilet gets clogged? It’s time to take a plunge! Take the plunger and place it at the bottom of the toilet. Seal it as best you can while pumping up and down. Break the seal only after pressure has built up. This should cause the water to clear the clog and you should be back in business.
If that doesn’t work, you might have a more serious problem.
What you flush. Toilets and plumbing are a delicate eco-system. Anything besides human waste and toilet paper are off limits. This includes so-called biodegradable feminine hygiene products. Teach children they only need a few squares of toilet paper and if they need more to flush frequently. This will help prevent clogs.
Keep counters clear. Not only will it be less tempting for the children in your home to flush something besides toilet paper, keeping counters clear will prevent cotton balls, Q-tips, brushes, and other items from getting inadvertently flushed, even by the adults in the home.
Check your pockets. It comes as no surprise that bathrooms are among the dirtiest places in the home. Leave your phone outside the bathroom or risk it falling out of a pocket right into the toilet. If you’ve got kids, remind them to check their pockets before visiting the bathroom. You never know what can fall into the toilet and cause a clog!
Time to replace the toilet. The Phoenix area is known for its hard water that can be damaging to pipes and fixtures, including the toilet. When mineral deposits build up, even the best plumber may not be able to clean it enough for the toilet to work efficiently. It’s time for a new toilet. Other reasons include constant breaking of parts, high usage, or a lower quality model than what meets the needs of your home.