It can be easy to take indoor plumbing for granted until you wind up with a clogged toilet. However, the way you handle this and similar situations will have an impact on the life span of your plumbing. Therefore, follow the below home maintenance advice to delay the need for replacements.
How to Take Care of Your Toilet
1. Clean Regularly
When your toilet is clean, you are able to visually spot problems—like leaks—more easily. However, make sure to use products that are safe for all components, including the septic system. Some cleaning tablets designed to go into the tank tend to wear at the rubber elements within the toilet. In-bowl cleaners are less likely to cause damage.
2. Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
Although liquid drain cleaners seem to be the most effective way to tackle a clogged toilet, the chemicals used in these cleaners are highly caustic. Using too much can quickly corrode the pipes, especially if they're older. Instead, use a flange plunger. If the clog is too stubborn, call a professional; they can use a plumbing auger to push through the blockage and break it up.
3. Tend to Repairs ASAP
If something's broken, don't wait to have it fixed. For example, if you see a small leak or your toilet's always running, the flapper valve could be broken and may need to be replaced to prevent high utility bills and water damage to your floor. If the flush mechanism isn’t working, the lift arm may need to be replaced or the lift chain reattached.
Do you have a clogged toilet or another plumbing problem? Taylor's Drain & Sewer Service in Lincoln, NE, can help. For more than 40 years, these plumbing professionals have provided comprehensive drainage services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. For more information about these offerings, visit their website. Call (402) 474-5213 to request assistance. They offer emergency help, so don't hesitate to get in touch.