Children often use too much toilet paper and cause a clogged toilet. When they are aware that the toilet is flooding, children will often run out of the bathroom screaming for help. Sometimes they will grab a plunger, forcefully shove it into the toilet bowl, and make a bigger mess by plunging vigorously as the water continues to spill onto the floor. In order to avoid a huge mess, Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Service recommends that you teach children how to react when the toilet begins to overflow. Following are five steps that most children should be able to master.
The biggest cause of a clogged toilet is too much toilet paper. Teach children to use a smaller amount of paper. If they need to use more than one flush could hold, have them flush, wait until the water fills again, and then use more toilet paper.
Teach them to pay attention to what happens with the water in the bowl after they have flushed the toilet. While they are washing their hands they can either listen to the water or watch as it empties. Before they leave the room the water should have emptied out of the bowl and started to refill the tank.
If the water begins to overflow, the first thing to teach children is to stop the water. Show them how to lift the lid to the tank and gently push the flapper into place over the opening. Once the flapper is in place, the water will stop filling the bowl and start filling the tank.
While it is urgent to start plunging, it is important to begin the process with restraint. Shoving the plunger into a full bowl can splash contaminated water all over the place. Show them how to carefully insert the plunger into the water and cover the opening in the toilet bowl.
Effective plunging begins with a tight seal over the opening in the bowl. The best plunger to use is the kind with a funnel cup on the end of the plunger. The cup should be inserted into the opening and enough pressure applied to create a seal between the bowl and the rubber. Emphasize that during the plunging action it is important to maintain that tight seal.
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