Toilet clogs can be a messy hassle. They can also damage your flooring and pipes, which can lead to expensive plumbing repairs. For this reason, you need to take measures to prevent clogs from occurring in the first place. The following are five simple tips to help you prevent toilet clogs and avoid unnecessary repairs.
Provide an alternate garbage disposal basket
Never flush paper towels, feminine hygiene products, plastic wrappers or makeup and facial cleaning pads and other common personal care items down the toilet. These items are a major cause of toilet clogs. To prevent them from ending up in the toilet, place a waste basket in a convenient location in the bathroom so users have somewhere to toss their garbage.
Keep surfaces near the toilet clear
Accidents are another common cause of toilet clogs. This is especially true if you have a shelf over the toilet or on top of the tank to store items such as soaps, ornaments, combs, brushes, toilet paper, and others. If someone accidentally knocks one of these items into the bowl while the toilet is being flushed, it’s likely to create a clog. So, avoid placing small items that can inadvertently end up in the toilet on these shelves.
Flush the toilet twice if necessary
If waste within the bowl does not go down the drain with the first flush, there is no harm in flushing a second time. At the same time, you should beware that too many flushes might be a warning sign of an impending clog. If it takes more than one flush to complete the job, it is possible that there is a clog developing somewhere in the drain pipe. Instead of waiting for the problem to worsen, call a professional plumber to diagnose and if necessary fix it immediately.
Plunge from time to time
Plunging is recommended if you’ve experienced slow or weak flushes for a few days as this is often a sign of a developing clog somewhere in the drain pipe. Use a toilet plunger that has a neckline end on it so if fits snugly into the bottom of the bowl. Insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, positioning it over the drainage hole. Then plunge vigorously. Begin by plunging gently to allow air to escape from the plunger bell. And be sure to keep enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger. When the clog has been successfully removed, water levels in the bowl will go down.
Educate kids on safe toilet usage
Kids sometimes flush small toys or other items down the bowl. They’re also notorious for flushing massive amounts of bathroom tissue with every flush. It’s your job to educate the kids on what can or can’t go down the toilet, and on the proper amount of tissue to use.