Toilet Plumbing Do's and Don’ts
Simple Toilet Plumbing Do’s and Don’ts
A toilet is one of the most important plumbing units of the home, and it’s also one of the most finicky, with so many parts and components that could get damaged, it’s important that you keep your toilet in tip-top shape.
Here are a few tips that could help:
Use a toilet brush
Please note that the title says “toilet brush.”
Don’t use a scrubbing brush or any other thing that ends in “brush.” A toilet brush is perfectly designed to help reach every area of the toilet and using this will also go a long way in preventing any scratches on the bowl of the toilet.
Be careful with toilet paper it’s the enemy of plumbing
Whenever you go number 2, it is always understood if you have a need to wipe your bottom with a lot of toilet paper. However, it is also recommended that you go a little moderate with this, as while a good toilet will have no issues with handling a good amount of toilet paper, using less toilet paper will also be able to help your toilet’s plumbing stay free of clogging agents.
Also, if you’re using toilet paper for things like blowing your nose, taking off your makeup or cleaning your hands, it might be better for you to throw it in the waste bin, and not the toilet.
Perform regular plumbing checks
Regular leak checks will help ensure that your toilet is in proper working condition, and they can also save you a lot of money. It’s recommended that you conduct these tests twice a year, and you can do it easily by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank of your toilet if the color runs straight to the bowl, then you might have a leaking issue.
Your toilet isn’t a stepping stool
It goes without saying, but it will be said anyway. Never… Never… use your toilet as a stepping stool? Doing this can cause a crack- or a complete break- in your toilet.
Working with the lid
Also, if you are experiencing any plumbing issues concerning the toilet, you can take off the lid of the tank and give the toilet a flush. Also, you will need to ensure that “the flapper” is sealing and that there is enough water in the toilet’ tank to perform a proper flushing.
Your toilet isn’t a garbage bin
There’s a reason why garbage bins were invented, and that’s waste disposal. Your toilet is not a garbage can and there is no reason why you should treat it like one. Even if certain items are labeled as “flushable,” there is a big probability that these items won’t simply disintegrate. They can end up blocking your pipes or clogging the toilet plumbing.
Always have a plunger to help with your DIY plumbing efforts
A plunger is always handy, especially during the holiday period when your toilet will see a lot of traffic. When dealing with small clogs, a plunger can come in really handy to fix a problem temporarily until you can get onto your local plumber.
Get rid of toilet fresheners
Toilet fresheners might provide some “benefits,” but you’re really better off without them. You might love the look of blue toilet water, but these tablets actually have some chemicals that wear away parts of the tank little by little and damage the plumbing.
Keep your plumbing away from chemical drain cleaners as well
Chemical drain cleaners come with the promise of helping you to unclog your plumbing, but although they can actually help to break a clog down, they can also eat away at your pipes and cause future leaks.