You want to make sure you do everything possible to keep your plumbing running as smoothly as possible, and this includes keeping your toilets in great working order. This article will go over things you can do to prevent your toilets from clogging and educate you on what to do if it happens.
How to prevent clogs in your toilet
You should only be flushing human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. Anything else should go in the waste basket, and this includes any feminine products, cigarette butts, paper towels, baby wipes, cotton balls, makeup pads or any other items.
If you have small children, you want to watch them closely in the bathroom. As you know, they can be very quick and they also tend to have a fascination with putting things into the toilet. Small toys such as cars, building blocks, balls and others can easily make their way down the toilet where they will create serious clogs.
How to unclog your toilet
If your toilet clogs then you may be able to easily unclog it with the use of your plunger. However, if the plunger isn't working, then you'll need to work a little more forcefully at that stubborn clog.
You can take a bucket of very hot water and quickly pour it into the bowl. The water should be as hot as you can get it, but still under the point of boiling. If the clog is being caused by an overabundance of toilet paper, then the hot water will help to dissipate the toilet paper. The force of putting the water forcefully down the drain will also help to push the clog through.
If your toilet is clogged from a small item, such as a child's toy, you don't have to panic. There is a very simple way to unclog the toilet yourself. You can take your wet/dry vac and put the hose down the toilet. Turn on the wet/dry vac and the water, as well as the small item will make its way into the canister of the vac, unclogging your toilet in the process.
If you continue having problems with your toilet clogging up on you, then you should have a contractor who offers plumbing in your area come out and see what's causing the repeated clogs. They can determine if there is a bigger problem with your plumbing that needs repairing and take care of the problem for you.Share
15 September 2015
My homes have always had either copper or PVC plumbing pipes. But when my plumbing system needed an overhaul last spring, I wanted a piping system for my home that I could work on myself when needed. There were a lot of good reasons to choose PEX piping, but my favorite thing about the PEX piping is that it's easy to work with, even if you're a beginner like me. Now I can make small repairs myself instead of calling the plumber every time I have a minor leak or other small problem. I still call the plumber for the big stuff, but it's more affordable now that I can take care of small issues myself. I started this blog to help others learn how they, too, can do DIY plumbing repairs at home.