One of the most common reasons for homeowners to call professional plumbers is because of problems relating to the toilet. Whether the sewer line is backed up, resulting in overflow from the toilet or the fixture won't stop running after a flush, plumbers deal with a multitude of toilet-related plumbing issues and emergencies. However, it's important to understand that the better maintained your plumbing fixtures are, the less likely they'll need repairs. Here's a guide to help you properly maintain the toilets in your Brantford, Ontario, home:
If there's one thing you must do to keep your toilets and your sewer line in good shape, it's avoiding using your toilet as a garbage disposal. In fact, toilets and the pipes connected to them are only built to be able to dispose of waste and toilet paper. That means, if you regularly flush feminine products, cotton swabs, disposable wipes, medications or anything else, you could be harming your sewer lines. Even so-called flushable wipes have been causing major sewer backups in cities across North America. If you aren't sure whether something is biodegradable or flushable, it's best to toss it in the trash.
Harsh toilet-cleaning brushes with metal bristles can actually damage the inside of your toilet bowl - and that's something that isn't repairable. Clean your bowl with a softer plastic brush that will effectively remove any buildup but won't chip or scratch the fixture itself.
Using chemical products or drain augers to unclog your toilet can actually damage both the fixture and the drain pipes attached to it. If you notice your water is backing up, you should first use a toilet plunger (create a seal around the drain and pump powerfully a few times) or an auger made specifically for toilets. Remember that local Brantford Roto-Rooter professionals are always on call if you need help unclogging a backed-up drain or sewer line.
Check it for leaks
It's a good idea to check your toilet regularly for leaks - oftentimes the more quickly you discover a leak, the easier it will be to fix. To see if there's a leak between your tank and bowl, just use a couple of drops of food coloring. Drip them into the tank, wait half an hour and check the water in the bowl - if it's colored, you likely need to replace your valve or stopper. If you have any plumbing or drain cleaning problems that you cannot solve by yourself, contact Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service in Brantford, Ontario. We’re ready to help.