Your toilet is one of the key parts of your plumbing system, and while it won’t usually require much maintenance, improperly caring for it can lead to accidental damage or an inconvenient clogged toilet. That is why it’s important to understand the basics of toilet upkeep. The guide below shares a few do’s and don’ts to help you keep your toilet running smoothly.
Have the right supplies on hand.
If you’re well-equipped, you can often deal with clogged toilets before they become a major issue. Keep a high-quality plunger and drain snake on hand so you can deal with minor clogs. You should also keep your toilet bowl clean with a plastic brush to avoid scratching the porcelain. Once the brush starts to wear out, discard it to avoid deep scratches from harsh plastic edges.
Be careful of what you flush.
While some sanitary wipes may be labeled flushable, the only items that should be going down your toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Wet wipes don’t break down as easily as toilet paper, and they’re liable to cling to other debris, leading to a clogged toilet or pipe. Floss, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels all belong in the trash, not the toilet.
Use chemical unclogging agents.
While it might be tempting to reach for a chemical solution when you have a clogged toilet, this is never the best answer. That is because chemical decloggers are harsh, and they can wreak havoc on old pipes. You might find yourself with an unexpected leak, as the inner walls of the pipes get eaten away by harsh chemicals.
Neglect to regularly check your toilet.
A preventative maintenance schedule is the best way to catch problems before they occur. Regularly flushing a mix of hot water and white vinegar can break down potential clogs. You should also put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank once a year—if the color makes its way into the bowl, you may have a slow leak that is wasting water.
If you have a leaking or clogged toilet, call the professionals at All Star Rooter, Sewer and Drain Cleaning. They serve clients throughout Connecticut’s Fairfield and New Haven counties. With over 30 years of experience, they can replace sewer lines, unclog drains, and clean pipes by using high-pressure water jetting. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (203) 286-4498 to schedule an appointment.