How to Prevent Toilet Troubles

A problematic toilet can be more than just irritating. It wastes your money if it constantly runs and damages your home if it overflows. By preventing toilet troubles, you can save your sanity and enjoy correctly working plumbing for years.

Watch What You Flush

Be careful of what you flush down your toilet. It can be tempting to send all sorts of trash down there, from feminine hygiene products to facial tissues. The following are some of the other everyday items that are mistakenly flushed.

  • Paper towels
  • Flushable wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton balls
  • Kitty litter

Any of these items can immediately clog up your toilet or lead to a narrowing of your pipes over time.

Stop Your Toilet from Constantly Running

If you hear your toilet running continually, you are not only wasting water but are also flushing your money down the drain. The first thing you should check is the flapper. Remove the lid from the back of your toilet, and make sure that the chain attached to the flapper is at the right length to allow the flapper to close completely. Also, check the flapper for deterioration. It may be necessary to replace it.

Prevent Toilet Overflow

Finally, if your toilet is about to overflow, there are several steps you can take to limit the messy disaster. You could take off the tank lid and lift the float on top to stop the water from flowing. If overflow is imminent, you could turn off the toilet's water supply by screwing the valve shut at the toilet's base.

Bottom line: Certain toilet troubles can be easily solved on your own with some common sense and a bit of simple know-how. However, some issues, especially complicated or ongoing problems, require professional help. Turn to Mercy Plumbing for professional plumbing repair and clog management. Schedule your appointment at (832) 734-9731.

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