- Make cleaning a habit: Use a mild cleaning agent to scrub down the sides and makes sure your toilets are squeaky clean. A good rule of thumb is to clean the bowl every 2-4 weeks and disinfect the entire unit at least once or twice a year.
- Inspect every so often: It’s a good habit to check the inner workings of your toilet at least every 6 months. Take note of any weak parts such as rusted chains or flimsy gaskets that might need to get replaced before they become big problems in the future.
- Fix leaks right away: Compared to sinks where leaks are often very visible, toilet leaks can go undetected for long periods of time. Once you do find a possible leak, make sure to address it right away before you find your feet standing in a large puddle of water every time you go and use the loo. If you want to save on water, knowing what kind of flushing system your toilet has can give you a good idea of how to save on every flush.
- Avoid flushing unnecessary objects in the toilet: Flushing anything that isn’t human waste might cause serious clogging in your pipes. Having a wastebasket nearby for you to dispose of any used toilet paper or other products might just save you a call to your plumber.
- Avoid using harsh chemical drain cleaners to unclog your toilet: While they may get your toilet unclogged, for the time being, they can pose a serious threat and eat away your pipes, especially in older fixtures and sewage systems. They might also harm your skin when you come into contact with them accidentally and are dangerous to breathe in especially if your bathroom is not that well ventilated.
- Call in a professional when you need to: Some plumbing problems can just be too big to handle even for the most experienced of us. If your toilet still smells even after a thorough cleaning, or if the water from your shower and sink is murky and not clear, don’t be afraid to ask for professional help in inspecting your plumbing problems.
- Learn when to replace and update your toilet for a new one: Toilets are made of porcelain and should last the tests of time. And while the internal workings can be fixed easily enough, any damage done to the bowl or tank, whether it be hairline cracks or large dents and chips in the finish, might do permanent harm to your bathroom, and in worst-case scenarios cause your entire toilet to collapse.
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