Having a clogged toilet is one of the most aggravating plumbing disasters that can happen. Not only does it disrupt your ability to do your business, it can also cause a disgusting mess. A clogged toilet is often cause by a simple mistake that could easily be avoided. Here are some tips on how to prevent clogging your toilet, and some advice about what do to if you find yourself in that messy situation.
Don’t Flush Just Anything
Many people treat their toilets like a garbage disposal, but toilets are only designed to get rid of human waste. Feminine hygiene products, thick paper towels, hair, and other bathroom debris should not be flushed down the toilet. These items run a higher risk of clogging your toilet, so dispose of them like regular garbage. Keep a small garbage bin in your bathroom to avoid flushing these products down the drain.
Avoid Drop-In Fresheners
Drop-in fresheners are products that you can drop into your toilet tank to change the smell or colour of the water in your toilet bowl. These products may create a nice ambience in your bathroom, but they often contain harsh chemicals that can damage parts of your toilet tank. As these fresheners disintegrate, they can get stuck in your toilet valve and prevent your toilet from flushing. Choose an air freshener that stays outside of your toilet tank to stop any clogging from happening.
Get Professional Help
If you have a clogged toilet, call a professional plumber to have the issue inspected and fixed. Many people try to fix these plumbing problems on their own, but only end up making matters worse. For instance, common household drain cleaners are rarely 100% effective, and the harsh chemicals contained in those products are hazardous for your health and may corrode your pipes, which could lead to more plumbing problems in the future. If your toilet is clogged and you need an immediate solution, contact us at Drain King Express & Plumtek Solutions and we’ll handle the problem professionally and efficiently.