Four Ways To Prevent Toilet Issues

Posted on: 24 February 2017

Having your toilet overflow, stop flushing, or begin leaking is never good. If you don't want to have to make an emergency call to the plumber at 4 am, then it's worth your while to take a few preventative steps to prevent future toilet issues. Here are are some tips to get you started.

Check inside the toilet tank about once a month.

Every few weeks, take the lid off your toilet tank and take a quick look around. Make sure the flapper, which is the rubberized piece that fits over the main pipe leading to the bowl, is in good shape and is fitting closely into the pipe. Also make sure the chain is not rusted away and that you don't see any holes in the rubberized piping. If you do spot an issue, either address it yourself or call a plumber now before the problem leads to a big, watery mess.

Don't flush anything other than the three 'p's.

The three 'p's are "pee, poop, and paper." Nothing else belongs in your toilet -- there's just too high a risk of creating a clog. Wet wipes, even though they are marketed as "flushable" are not a safe choice because they can get caught on rough, corroded patches inside your pipes and lead to backups. Feminine hygiene products should be disposed of in a trash can rather than in the toilet.

Use mild cleaners when scrubbing your toilet.

Those super-strong, abrasive toilet cleaners are over-kill. Yes, they kill germs -- but they are also pretty hard on your pipes and other toilet components. To clean your toilet effectively and more safely, just use bleach. Pour a few capfuls into the toilet, let the bleach sit for a few minutes, and then scrub with your toilet brush. Bleach is excellent at killing bacteria and fungi, and it's a lot milder on your plumbing.

Listen for leaks.

After you flush your toilet, it should run for a minute or two until the tank is full -- and then it should turn off. If you hear the toilet kicking on and off at times other than this, then you have a leak between the tank and bowl. It's not a huge issue yet, but you do need to have it fixed promptly or you'll end up wasting a lot of water.

Since a malfunctioning toilet can lead to water and sewage all over the floor, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure in this case! Talk to a plumber from a place like R Acres Plumbing Company LLC for more help and information. 

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