It’s not until your toilet clogs that you realize just how invaluable plumbing is in your home. And while some clogs are the result of natural wear and tear, others can be easily avoided, so long as you treat your plumbing with a little TLC.
5 Things You Shouldn’t do to Your Toilet
1. Treat it like a garbage can.
There are only three things that should be going down your toilet — toilet paper, and we’re pretty sure you know the two. While it may be tempting to throw things like cotton swabs, hair, floss, and sanitary products down the toilet when a garbage isn’t nearby, this can quickly cause a major clog.
2. Flush too much.
If what you’re flushing doesn’t all go down with one flush, it can be tempting to quickly flush a few times in a row. In reality, that can be what leads to a clog. If you do notice this problem, let your toilet sit for a few minutes before trying to flush again. If on the second flush your toilet is still clogged, it’s time to call in the experts!
3. Use chemical drain cleaners.
Chemical drain cleaners promise an instant fix to clogged toilets, but what most people don’t realize is that they usually do more harm than good. Chemical cleaners are so harsh, they can strip the inside of your pipes and damage the surrounding environment.
4. Ignore minor leaks.
Minor drips may not seem like a big deal at first, but they can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. Leaks can also lead to water damage and mold growth in many homes.
5. Not chose low-flow fixtures.
Low-flow fixtures can help you save water, energy, and money throughout the year. Best of all, you won’t notice any changes in your toilet’s function — it will still work just as efficiently as it did before.