Did your toddler flush a toy or a wad of paper down the toilet, and now it’s clogged? Whatever the reason, a backed-up toilet shouldn’t be ignored. Delaying repairs can risk water damage to your home and health risks for your family. To avoid these situations, call Bryco Plumbing for plumbing services in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, CA areas. When you schedule an appointment with us we’ll provide flat-rate pricing so there are no surprises later!
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How to Prevent Toilet Clogs
While you might think of a clogged toilet as more of an inconvenience than a plumbing emergency, backed up toilets need to be treated as an urgent plumbing issue. Clogged toilets can cause damage to your home or building, and an overflow of sewage can lead to health problems.
To prevent your toilet from backing up, use these tips:
- Never flush disposable diapers or wipes.
- Don’t place large wads of paper into the toilet.
- Never flush paper towels.
- Don’t place items like Q-tips or other beauty and hygiene products in the toilet.
- Avoid flushing hair trimmings or nail clippings.
- Keep a wastebasket near the toilet to remind yourself and others to throw non-flushable items there instead of in the toilet bowl.
Professional Solutions for Clogged Toilets
Is your toilet clogged and a plunger isn’t budging the blockage? It’s time to call a plumber. The professional will be able to safely remove the clog without damaging the toilet or your plumbing system. He or she has special tools to help remove clogs, including an auger and a hydro jetting solution.
An auger is a tool specifically designed for toilets. It consists of a hollow tube attached to an elbow fitting that’s covered by a rubber sleeve to protect the toilet bowl from scratches. The auger has a flexible cable that is fed through the toilet drain with a hand crank to dislodge the clog.
For hydro jetting, a professional will insert a high-pressure hose with special nozzles into the drain. The hose is connected to a machine that pressurizes the water, creating a force to dislodge the clog.
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Signs Your Toilet Needs to Be Replaced
You likely don’t think about the age and performance of your toilet often, unless there’s an issue. However, there are signs you can watch for that can indicate it’s time to replace the unit.
Some symptoms can include:
- Age: If your toilet is old and requires a lot of replacement parts to keep it functioning, it can be more cost-effective to replace the toilet with a new model.
- Cracks: Because most toilets are made of porcelain, cracks can develop in the bowl and tank cover. These might start as hairline fractures, but as these expand they can cause serious water damage to your home or building.
- Frequent clogs: Older toilets might have design issues that prevent water from properly pushing through the toilet with enough force. This can cause clogs to occur.
- Wear and tear: As your toilet ages it can develop scratches from wear and tear. These scratches can show stains and cause dirt to cling to them, making the toilet more difficult to clean over time. If this happens, it can be time to replace your toilet.
- Increased utility bills: Older toilets may use more water than newer models. If you notice an increase in your utility bills it can signal it’s time to replace the toilet.