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Must-Know Flushing Tips To Save Your Toilet Plumbing From an Emergency

How To Protect Your Toilet Plumbing

Knowing how to correctly take care of the home’s toilet plumbing system is one of the most important things for any homeowner to learn. Because your toilet is one of the most-used fixtures in your entire home, keeping it in top working order is essential.

Not only will it ensure that your toilet always flushes properly, but also it can help keep the attached system healthy too. Read on to learn some simple changes you can make in your home for a healthier toilet and plumbing system.

The Impact of Cleaning Tablets

toilet cleaning tabletsHomeowners have gotten used to the process of scrubbing their toilets by hand. However, many have turned to those blue toilet cleaning tablets that have been so frequently advertised. The blue toilet water just looks cleaner and makes the bathroom smell fresh.

There are definite downsides to using these cleaning tablets, though. Depending on the chemicals that make the tablets clean so well, they may be corrosive to the toilet plumbing’s flush valve as well. They can also get stuck under the flapper and cause the toilet to constantly run, which leads to increased water usage and cost.

Some tablets can even be damaging to local aquatic life! So, while they may be much more convenient, it’s important to read the label and ensure that those tablets are the right option for your home and plumbing system.

Make Sure To Only Flush Toilet Paper

It seems like there are many different “flushable” products on the market nowadays. No matter how they’re marketed, many of them are actually not as flushable as they say they are. One of the biggest offenders on the toilet plumbing system is flushable wipes. Instead of breaking up with water, as toilet paper does, these wipes stay intact and end up clogging the pipes.

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Homeowners should not be fooled by products that claim to be flushable or septic safe and should be informed on what not to flush. While these wipes are able to physically be flushed down the bowl, they end up getting stuck at any junctions in the pipes. With enough wipes, full clogs can easily happen. These require emergency plumbing services and can even lead to damage to the wastewater equipment. In the most extreme cases, the yard may need to be dug up to help find and repair the clog.

Fix A Toilet Plumbing Clog With Only Water

bucket of waterA tip many homeowners don’t know is also one of the most simple! If the toilet plumbing gets clogged, it can often be fixed with just a water bucket flush. Before breaking out the often dirty and messy toilet plunger, there is a much cleaner option to try.

This trick works best when done with hot, but not boiling, water. The bucket should be held at the homeowner’s waist, which minimizes the chance of splashing the contents of the toilet all over the bathroom floor. Pour the water all at once into the toilet to flush the clog down the pipes.

If this doesn’t work the first time, add a half cup of regular dish soap (like Dawn) to the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. The soap will travel down the pipes and hopefully help the clog pass through. Follow this up with a second bucket of hot water to finish the job. Voila, no plunging needed!

When All Else Fails, Trust a Local Plumber

Honest Abe’s Home Services offers reliable plumbing, heating, and air conditioning assistance to the Osage Beach area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dependable staff promises to provide each customer with as much information as possible so they can make educated decisions for both their home and their budget.