The Worst Things You Can Do to Your Toilet

The Worst Things You Can Do to Your Toilet

If you're like most homeowners, you probably use your bathroom multiple times a day but don't give much thought to your toilet until something goes wrong. And when something does go wrong, it's usually a big mess! Dealing with toilet problems can be a serious inconvenience, especially if you live in a larger household or have younger children.

In this blog post, Einstein's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. will discuss some of the worst things you can do to your toilet. So read on and learn what not to do - so you can avoid costly repairs and keep your toilet running smoothly for years to come!

Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

One of the worst things you can do to your toilet is use chemical drain cleaners. These harsh chemicals can damage your toilet and pipes, and they're not even effective at clearing clogs! Try unclogging your toilet with your household plunger a few times before you resort to using chemical drain cleaner. If the clog still persists after you try plunging it, the best thing to do is call our team at (718) 215-9664 for an appointment.

Ignoring Leaks

Another bad idea is ignoring leaks. Even a small leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water over time, so it's important to fix them as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up with a much bigger problem down the road, such as damaged flooring and extremely high water bills. Ignoring leaks can also result in mold and mildew growth in your bathroom, which is a health risk. So, no matter how minor the leak might seem, it’s best to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid these issues.

Flushing too Much or Not Enough

You might also be tempted to flush too much or too little - but both can cause problems. If you flush too often, you could end up wasting water and flushing away perfectly good (and expensive) toilet paper! If you flush too little, however, your toilet won't be able to do its job properly and you'll end up with a smelly mess. The best thing to do is just flush when you need to - and no more. If you have younger children, it’s best to teach them how to properly flush as well.

Not Using a Low-Flow Toilet

If your toilet is older, it’s probably not a low-flow toilet. Low-flow fixtures can help save water and energy, meaning lower water bills over time. If you think it’s time to upgrade your toilet, Einstein's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can help!

Flushing Items that Aren’t Human Waste or Toilet Paper

Finally, don't flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilet! This includes wipes, sanitary pads, and paper towels. Even if the wipes are labeled as “flushable,” we can assure you that their material does not break down when they are flushed, and they will eventually create a blockage in your pipes. If you have little ones running around the house, make sure they know their toys do not belong in the toilet.

Other items such as Q-tips, cotton balls, and dental floss can also be tempting to flush down the toilet, but you’re better off throwing them in the trash can. Stick to the basics when it comes to flushing - and your toilet will thank you for it!

If you’re having trouble with your toilet or have any questions about what you should and shouldn’t be flushing, don’t hesitate to contact our team by filling out our online contact form. We understand how frustrating a malfunctioning toilet can be, which is why we offer professional toilet repairs and installations to ensure you and your household are comfortable all year long.


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