What is the essential component of your house? Which you can’t go a day without? Yes, it is indeed your bathroom. When you wake up to a broken or malfunctioned toilet, it puts you and your family’s life on a pause, doesn’t it? It disrupts your regular life and slows down every activity.
Do you want this sort of inconvenience in your life? Of course not. So, to avoid it, you need to maintain your toilet. Maintaining your bathroom will prevent potential toilet issues.
Why is maintaining your toilet important? Simply because no one wants to wake up in the morning and see their toilet flooded or something malfunctioned in the toilet. It would not just ruin your entire day, but also it will cause an enormous amount of monetary penalty completely unexpectedly. You may not be prepared for a situation like this.
So, maintaining toilet standards is the only way to prevent such an unfortunate incident. It is needless to say that prevention is better than cure, also, maintaining the toilet would keep it fresh and clean (odorless/fragranced). Who does not want to spend the washroom time with a refreshing environment, right?
Troubles You Will Face Without Maintenance:
- Toilet troubles disrupt daily life activities, which is the main problem of not maintaining proper toilet standards.
- Your bathroom can get flooded with drain water and human waste everywhere, and this will create a very unhygienic environment in the house. It is the result of an unmaintained clogged drain.
- Slow flushing is also an issue of unmaintained toilets.
- You have to dig into your drain if the problem reaches a severe level.
- The monetary cost of fixing toilet troubles is very high and unexpected. So, the loss of substantial money from your monthly household budget is a big problem.
So, why would you get into all these troubles? You can easily avoid all of it just by merely maintaining the toilet. Maintaining the toilet does not require too much time or effort. It is just checking up on a few things and keeping an eye on the function of the toilet that is all.
Precautions: the priority of maintaining the toilet is to ensure hygiene safety first. So you must wear face masks and rubber gloves before starting. This will protect you from germs and other harmful substances.
10 Tips to Prevent Toilet Troubles
Clean the Toilet Regularly
You can use various kinds of cleaner. But it is highly recommended to use a mild toilet cleaner. For regular use, vinegar, baking soda, mild soap etc. are reasonably appropriate.
For ease of accommodating every day, you can put baking soda/vinegar/soap solutions in spray bottles. While cleaning, spritz it thoroughly on the toilet, let it sit for several minutes then flush it to have a clean and fresh toilet.
Inspect the inner parts of the toilet every 4-6 months:
The toilet is made with many small mechanical parts put together. So, you have to check their functions every 4-6 month’s time. You have to inspect all the parts and make sure they are in good shape and working well.
First of all, you have to take the lid off the tank. Then empty it, refill it and flush it a few times to watch every part of the toilet work. Such as the valve, water level, float, flapper and every other part. After flushing a few times, you would know if there is something wrong or not. If there is something malfunctioning, then you will be able to determine it beforehand and fix it right away.
It is forbidden to flush anything but human waste and toilet paper:
This is the golden rule of keeping your toilet safe, sound and well-working. “Try not to flush down anything but human waste and toilet paper.” Even wet tissues, napkins, paper towels can cause a hazard. Even the right type of toilet paper should be used in the toilet, which is easily demolish able. And never get stuck in the way from pipe to drain. Thick material toilet paper often does not consume water as much and get stuck somewhere in the pipeline. Other than these two substances, everything is forbidden to be flushed.
Remember to learn and teach the significant toilet rules to the users:
Every family member, from little kids to the elderly, should know the important basic rules of a toilet. Also, they should understand how the toilet works so that when something is wrong, they can identify it and also help in keeping the toilet in good shape.
Kids’ safety drill is a must. You need to instruct them strictly never to drop anything in the toilet, let alone flushing something. You have to monitor their toilet paper usage habits. And this goes for every other member of the house too. Everyone needs to be careful about the usage of the toilet and toilet paper as well.
Be prepared for an unusual situation:
An unfortunate incident can occur at any time. So, the smart thing here to do is being prepared for common problems.
Thus, the first thing is to buy a plunger, and if the drain gets clogged suddenly, you can effortlessly plunge it clear.
Always keep an available and reliable plumber’s number on your extensive contact list. If something breaks down or in the case of an emergency, you do not have to waste time searching for a plumber.
Do not use chemical cleaners too often:
There has been a debate among the experts about what kind of cleaner should be used to clean the toilet. Where many say chemical cleaners are safe to use, on the other hand, some claim that these chemicals cause great damage to the pipeline and drain lines as well as harmful for the toilet ceramic.
But the majority of them say that it is indeed harmful to use chemical cleaners. Needless to say, it is a risky element to use. Even a little splatter on the skin can cause immense damage to health. So, it is better just to avoid these chemical cleaners for regular maintenance of the toilet.
Check for leaks once in a while:
If you keep the toilet clean and dry, you will be able to tell if there are any leaks or not. It is also a reason to clean the bathroom persistently.
Leaks can grow to cracks. It is a risky thing. Because leaking is a silent flaw until it grows into a big problem. So, always keep your eyes alert for leaks. Mostly the leaks occur from the tank. So monitor the tank for leaks. Leaks must be treated by the plumbers as early as possible.
Notice for toilet wobbling and fix it as soon as possible:
When the placement of the toilet is not correct, it sometimes wobbles from side to side. To fix it, you have to tighten up the screws around the toilet. But if the wobble is a result of wear and tear to the bowl over time, then only the plumber could fix it. They might replace the fixtures.
Pick a toilet layout that can avoid troublesome circumstances:
The layout of the toilet is very significant. The design has to be in an effective manner where there are no plug outlets present, and if present, they are at least out of the range of getting water splashes and causing accidents.
A congested toilet is also hard to maintain. So there needs to be enough space to walk around, or at least the fixtures need to be aligned to save space as much as possible. Keep that in mind that the layout should be in your favor.
Store all the usually necessary toilet repairing tools for instantly fixing the toilet:
Some tools are very beneficial for the maintenance of the toilet. You should keep them in your tool storage. You can apply them as per your needs and fix small issues that commonly occur in your bathroom. Some of the tools are; cup plunger, flange plunger, toilet auger, sink auger, plumber’s tape, channel-type pliers, adjustable pipe wrench etc. These tools come very handily to maintain the toilet.
So these are some tips you can apply to maintain your toilet and avoid potential issues from occurring. Maintaining toilets is less time consuming, cost-effective and handy for preventing future suffering. So it is a smart move for every household to stop the issues before they arise.
Note: Dumping hot water in the toilet often clears out the drain line and removes potential clogging elements. Try to check the pH level of the supply water. If it is hard water, then you need to clean holes under the rims regularly. Hard minerals tend to clog these holes and create slow flushing. Never use bricks in the tank to save water. You can use small rocks or sand, but using brick is risky.