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Toilet Troubles 101: Everything a Homeowner Needs to Know

You use it every day, rely on it to work, and couldn’t live without it—your toilet is an essential part of your home, and when it is not functioning as it should it causes a myriad of problems… not to mention frustrations. Usually, we do not think twice about our plumbing fixtures. They tend to do their job; however, as soon as one stops working, it becomes a nuisance that you can’t seem to escape. That’s why we here at Lloyd’s Plumbing are here to give you some tips on how to avoid malfunctions in the first place.

Your lesson on toilet troubles commences:

Use Less Toilet Paper

When it comes to toilet paper use, less is more. Overloading your toilet with this paper product can lead to consecutive surface-level clogs. Even though toilet paper is manufactured to break down in your plumbing, it can become problematic when your pipes become inundated with an influx of this product.

If you see toilet paper sticking out of your drain, even after a few flushes, this is a good indication that you are overloading your drains with too much toilet paper. To prevent a complete blockage, grab your plunger to relieve your clog.

Make sure your water supply is shut off before you begin plunging! This can be done by locating the valve installed behind your toilet bowl, and turning this valve to the right. It is important for you to know where this shut-off valve is located in case of an emergency where water is rising.

If you are reaching for your plunger more often or not—it is time to use less toilet paper. If that does not resolve your frequent blockages, you may have an underlying plumbing problem that needs to be addressed.

Upgrade Your Toilet

If your toilet was installed between 1994 and 1997, you are up for an upgrade. Back in the ’90s, toilets were experimenting with low-flow technology; yet, the outcome missed the mark. These appliances seemed to underperform, as the power of the toilet was subpar. So, if you have one of these outdated low-flow toilets in your home, it is the probable cause of your repetitive problems.

If you are not financially prepared to replace your toilet, you can try to hold-off clogs by using thinner ply toilet paper; yet, this hack will only work for a limited time. A replacement will be your best bet to resolve your negative plumbing encounters.

Don’t Flush Miscellaneous Objects

When it comes to your plumbing, you should only flush water, waste, and toilet paper down your drains. If miscellaneous items, from toys to hair ties, make their way into your plumbing, you are more likely to encounter a major backup. Not to mention, baby wipes, paper towels, and other paper goods cannot go down your drain either! Using these items as toilet paper substitutes is not a good idea, as most paper products are not manufactured in the same way toilet paper is, and will not breakdown in your pipes in the same manner toilet paper does.

How to Get a Toy Out of the Toilet

If you find out that your child flushed a toy down the toilet, your instincts may say to grab your plunger. Don't listen to them! A plunger will just push the toy further down the drain and make it even more difficult to get out. If you can see the toy, try taking the water out of the toilet bowl by putting on some gloves and scooping it out with a disposable cup. Then, grab the toy and try to pull it out. However, if you know a toy was flushed down but you can't get to it, you need the help of a professional. So, if you do see your toddler flush their toy car down your toilet, contact your local plumbing experts for clog removal!

Check Your Trap

If you have a serious clog forming in your plumbing network, sewage backups can occur. Sewage backups are no subtle malfunction. You will encounter waste flowing up your pipes and out of your drains. This happens when your blockage is in your toilets’ trap, a u-shaped pipe that is shaped to prevent sewer smells from leaking into your home. Unfortunately, due to the shape of this particular pipe, a plunger will not be able to relieve your clog. A professional plumber will have the skills and tools necessary to restore proper flow and function.

Observe Your Sewer Line

If you are encountering repetitive clogs throughout multiple drains in your home, your main sewer line may be compromised. This can occur from accumulated debris, tree-root infiltration, and pipe deterioration. Have your sewer line inspected for leaks, cracks, and obstructions!

For professional sewer services, contact Lloyds Plumbing at (805) 495-8766. We are here to ensure your toilet troubles don’t return!