A kids toy or similar items flushed down the toilet are the usual culprits for clogged toilets. It is not only messy to deal with clogged toilets, it can also damage your homes flooring and extensive plumbing pipes resulting in pricey repairs.
Essentially, you can only flush two things down the toilet: toilet paper and human waste. But even with just these two, at an excess, it can still form some clogs and leave you with a clogged toilet.
The main factors that can save you from clogged toilets are as follows: knowing what you can and cannot flush, when to use the plunger, and how to spare your toilet from unsuitable things going down your drain.
What you Can and Cannot Flush
Everybody flushes items down their toilets without knowing it can lead to problematic clogs such as napkins, facial tissues and wipes, floss, paper towels, hair, coffee grounds, grease, fats, or oils, feminine hygiene items, plastic, medications, and dirty diapers. By flushing them down, they end up sitting in your homes waste pipes and block other things you subsequently flush from going further down. And then, you have a clog in your midst without you knowing.
At times, it is hard to know if a certain item can be flushed or not since the majority of diapers, baby wipes, and similar feminine hygiene products appear flushable as per their labels so here is a trick. Fill two bowls with water. In one bowl, put toilet paper in it. In the other bowl, place another item that you think may be flushable. Swish both these items in the water and let sit for one hour. When you come back, you will see the disintegration of the toilet paper in the one bowl. If the other item is still intact, you know you cannot flush it down the toilet.
At times, clogs still form even though you only flush waste and toilet paper. It is often the result of flushing so many times or your curious children are flushing toys or other small items down the toilet. To avoid problems relating to clogs, you must only flush the necessary amount of toilet paper. Never flush big wads of it in just one go. Bigger items like this can form into a ball leaving only its outer part capable of being dissolved in the water. You must also teach your children never to mess with the toilet. You not only save toys from being flushed down the toilet, but it also saves your childrens little hands from getting infected by various germs found on your toilet bowl.
Maintain Clear Toilet Tanks
Many homeowners store things like soap, extra toilet paper, brushes and comb, and ornaments on the top shelf above your toilet or on the top of the tank. However, these items are often knocked over into the toilet without anyone being aware, which leads to a clog. By maintaining a clear area around the bowl from things that can easily fall and flush down the drain, you lessen the risk of a significant clog or overall damage to the toilet.
Managing Slow Drains
A weak or slow flush typically indicates that you have a clogged drain. Rather than waiting for a full clog, address the problem right away. Start plunging weak or slow flushing toilets. Utilize a toilet plunger that comes with a neck-like tip. The plunger fits snugly down the drains hole and results in an airtight seal. A flat plunger that does not have a protrusion on its tip is best for plunging a sink.
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