Flawless Flushing – Strategies to Keep Your Toilet  Trouble Free

Flawless Flushing – Strategies to Keep Your Toilet Trouble Free

Is there a more irritating situation in your day than to have a toilet not flush properly?  As long as a toilet is working as it should, it’s easy to not give it a second thought.  instead of wait for a toilet to act up, take a pro-active approach to minimize toilet troubles.

Tips to insure flawless flushing; here’s a baker’s dozen:

1. Don’t use a toilet for a trash can or garbage disposer.  instead of list all the items that shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet, I’ll list the safe ones.  A toilet is designed for the purpose of disposing of human waste and toilet tissue … that’s it …  end of story.

2. All paper is not produced equal; toilet tissue is especially designed to quickly breakup in water while many other papers such as paper towels truly advertise how strong they are and how they keep up together when wiping up liquids.  Keep a waste paper basket in the bathroom for such things as facial tissues, sanitary products,  paper towels, flushable wipes, etc.

3. Be kind to your toilets.  Treat your toilet tanks and bowls like the “china bowls”  they are; they can and will crack if abused. BE CAREFUL with tools around a toilet, don’t compound the problem when making a repair in your bathroom. It’s doubtful that you will be able to fix a cracked toilet bowl or tank.

4. Don’t use a toilet for a ladder or stepstool. Don’t stand or sit on a toilet tank lid. And don’t put a lot of pressure on a tank by leaning back against it.

5. Throw out a toilet bowl cleaning brush once the bristles use down and any metal is showing. Once the bowl is scratched, it’s impossible keep clean, and you won’t be able to repair the scratches. A plastic brush is less likely to scratch the china. 

6. Don’t store small or heavy items on the lid of the toilet tank or on a shelf above to minimize the risk of a something falling in, such as toys, brushes, combs, etc. A tooth brush that gets stuck in the interior passageway of a toilet bowl that can’t be dislodged method replacing the toilet. A very heavy item that hits the china bowl could chip or crack the bowl.  

7. Don’t pour hot liquids into a toilet bowl or tank, the bowl or tank may crack. 

8. Don’t mix toilet cleaning products.  Many of them contain bleach or ammonia; two elements that make a dangerous combination when mixed.

9. Help the ecosystem, don’t flush old prescriptions down a toilet.  A hand complete of pills is doubtful to harm a toilet, but according to the Arlington (Texas) Water Utilities, meaningful advancements in technology and processes have been made.  consequently, pharmaceutical compounds in tiny amounts are able to be detected in our waterways. Pharmaceutical compounds and personal care products are being found at low levels in many of our nation’s lakes, rivers, and flows.

10. Do flush a toilet after every use.  A crust will begin to form on the bottom of the toilet bowl if urine is allowed to sit in the bowl for long periods.  The crust is very difficult to remove.

11. Never use a regular drain snake in a toilet which can permanently scratch the bowl.  Make sure to only use a snake known as a toilet auger designed especially for toilets.

12.  During halting weather make sure the bathroom is heated, otherwise the toilet tank and bowl must be completely drained.  In addition, the supply line under the tank should be disconnected and the ballcock drained.

13. Don’t use drop-in tank tablets for cleaning a toilet.  Whether blue, white or purple, these tablets are not good for the toilet.  Some will cause a lazy flush which forces you to flush one, two or more times to completely clear a bowl.  This lazy flush is also known as the blue goo occurrence. 

The above tips will help you and your toilet enjoy a long and happy association. According to a survey on the life expectancy of materials done by the National Association of Home Builders a few years ago, a toilet can last 50 years. That is of course, that it is given reasonable care.  To learn more about preventive care for your toilets visit Toiletology 101. 

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