Two of the three end-of-year holidays have passed, but there are many gatherings to be held still. Are you hosting and worried that your bathroom, and more specifically, your toilet, may take a beating? Clogs are very common at this time of year, but we have a few tips to help you prevent a visit from one of our plumbing experts.
How to Avoid Clogs
- Ban all children from your bathroom – kidding! However, what you do want to keep an eye on is small toys making their way into your toilet. Items like small building blocks, dolls and other small objects can lodge easily in your toilet’s piping, leading to an immediate and messy clog.
- Go easy on the toilet paper – one of the biggest reason’s toilets back up is due to excessive toilet paper usage. While you can’t hand out the toilet paper yourself, try to let your guests know in a polite manner, not to overload on the TP.
- Keep the back of your toilet clear of objects – many of us use the back of the toilet as a shelf to hold anything from tissues or holiday décor to hair products. It is a quick and easy drop into the toilet from the top of the toilet tank, so keep that area clear.
- Don’t use your toilet as a garbage – a lot of people use their toilets as a garbage, flushing everything from candy wrappers to food waste. Your toilet was made to remove human waste and nothing else, so do it and yourself a favor and use it as intended.
What Not to Do in Case of a Clog
If you do find yourself with a clogged toilet, do not try to snake it yourself or use any kind of chemical drain cleaner. A plumbing snake used improperly can crack your toilet bowl and/or break your plumbing and chemical cleaners can literally eat through your plumbing pipes. Instead, call our plumbing pros and let us get your toilet back on track.