Over the last seventy-seven years, Roto-Rooter has been the go-to service of choice to literally millions of people. In a continuance of this great service, we want to perpetuate good information to our customers to help them take better care of their home plumbing systems. Use this guide for great plumbing tips that will help make your do-it-yourself maintenance and repair efforts much more effective.
The number one tool that should be stowed beside every commode in your house is a plunger. With a few plunges, you can eliminate most blockage issues quickly and easily. However, what should be done about toilets that seem to clog constantly? Use these suggestions for preventing and eliminating toilet clogs:
- Older toilet models are extremely common in older sections of Pompano Beach. Unfortunately, they use a lot of water with each flush, often between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush! While they may not be environmentally friendly, they sure get the job done. If you have a first generation eco-friendly throne that refuses to do the job, you might get a more effective flush by holding the flusher down a few extra seconds. By holding down the lever for five to ten seconds, water will continue to flow down the drain and help carry away the waste efficiently. This will cut blockage instances in half but you will also use more water than should be necessary. Replacing the tank parts will often give the toilet more power.
- Fortunately, the newest generation of ultra-efficient toilets are well-engineered and are very powerful flushers even though they only use 1.25 gallons of water per flush.
- Thinner toilet paper is important to use as much as possible. Thicker brands often have trouble dissolving, which easily causes clogs to form instantly. Quick dissolve paper products should be the only other waste that is ever flushed. Using the toilet to flush candy wrappers, food products, and other garbage will cause a serious blockage to form that will be extremely difficult to undo.
- In the event that someone accidentally flushes something they shouldn't have, the best tool to have around besides a plunger is a plumbing snake. These long metal tools have a claw at the end that can be snaked the entire length of a drainage line. After pushing the snake to the heart of the issue, twist it quickly, and push and pull back and forth. This will allow the claw to grab onto the source of the problem and make it easy to pull out. You may need to repeat this process several times. Just make sure you use a snake that has a rubber sleeve over the steel cable so you don’t scratch your toilet’s porcelain finish.
For more information regarding plumbing products and services in Pompano Beach, call Roto-Rooter today.