If you have children, it’s hard to tell what they’re going to put in the toilets. Unfortunately, some of the things they’ll flush down the toilet will lead to clogs, which means you’re going to be faced with some messy situations. While you can’t stop all clogs, you can help reduce the number of incidents you have to deal with. Here are four steps you can take to reduce the number of clogged toilets you’re faced with.
Have a Teaching Moment
Kids don’t always know what belongs in the toilet and what doesn’t. That’s where the teaching moment comes in. Plan a time when you can gather the kids around the toilet for a quick lesson on toilet etiquette. Conduct a “hands-on” experiment to show your kids exactly how much toilet paper is the right amount for each use – and how much is simply too much. If you have teenage daughters, take the time to let them know that sanitary napkins and tampons should never be flushed down the toilet.
Keep a Wastebasket by the Toilet
Take a look in the bathroom. If you don’t see a wastebasket next to the toilet, you have an increased risk of toilet clogs. That’s because the toilet is an easy place to toss things like cotton applicators, Kleenex, baby wipes, etc., especially if there isn’t a wastebasket nearby. Reduce the occurrence of clogs by keeping a wastebasket next to each one of your toilets.
Enforce the Flush Rule
Kids don’t always flush after they use the toilet. Unfortunately, that means that large amounts of toilet paper – and human waste – can build up in the toilet bowl between flushes. While you’re teaching your kids about what goes in the toilet, take the time to set the rules about flushing. Be sure they know that they should flush after every use, even if they just urinate. If you need to, place a decorative sign over the toilet as a gentle reminder.
Take Preventative Measures
Over time, the drains leading from your toilets can clog with particles of toilet paper and human waste. You can help keep your drains clean by taking some simple preventative measures. To keep your drains clean, flush one cup of rock salt down the toilet once a month. The rock salt will dissolve the particles of toilet paper and human waste that are building up inside the drains.
Clogged toilets are never any fun. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent them. Use the simple steps provided here to keep your drains clear and your toilets flushing. For more tips, or in an emergency situation, contact a company like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.