Having a clogged toilet in your household is likely never a convenient occurrence. It can leave your family with one less functioning bathroom, and if it’s not repaired in a timely manner it can lead to water damage and a plumbing emergency. To avoid this, it’s important to have your toilet repaired in a timely manner. Call Capital Plumbing Contractors for appointments in Tallahassee, FL. In business since 1986, we offer flat-rate pricing and emergency services.
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Ways To Prevent Clogged Toilets
What’s the easiest way to deal with a clogged toilet? To prevent it from occurring in the first place! Some ways to avoid getting a clog can include:
- Don’t flush disposable diapers or wipes.
- Avoid flushing large wads of toilet paper.
- Never flush paper towels.
- Don’t place items like Q-tips or other beauty and hygiene products in the bowl.
- Avoid flushing hair trimmings or nail clippings.
To remind your family members not to flush these items, keep a wastebasket near the toilet in the bathroom.
Techniques Plumbers Use To Repair Clogged Toilets
When your toilet clogs and you are unable to remove the blockage with a plunger, you need to call a plumber as soon as possible to clear it. Professionals have methods and specialized tools -- such as hydro jetting and an auger -- to remove blockages.
An auger is a hollow tube attached to an elbow fitting that’s covered by a rubber sleeve to protect the bowl from scratches. It goes through the toilet drain on a flexible cable and is fed through it with a hand crank to remove the blockage.
Hydro jetting uses a high-pressure hose with a special nozzle. The plumber inserts it into the drain and connects the hose to a machine that pressurizes the water. This creates enough force to dislodge the blockage.
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Signs Your Toilet Needs To Be Replaced
How old is your toilet? When we think of appliances to replace, we don’t always think about installing a new toilet. If you notice the following signs it can signal it’s time to replace your unit:
- Age: If your aging unit needs frequent repairs and replacement parts to keep it functioning.
- Cracks: If your porcelain bowls has cracks. These might start as small hairline fractures, but they can soon expand and eventually cause water damage to your home.
- Frequent clogs: If you have an older unit, it may have design issues that can prevent water from properly pushing through it with enough force. This can cause clogs to occur.
- Wear and tear: If your unit is showing signs of aging, like scratches and stains, it can be more difficult to clean over time and can look unsightly. If this happens, it can be time to replace your unit.
- Increased utility bills: If you notice an increase in your utility bills, it can signal it’s time to replace the system.