Toilets can be very durable, long lasting appliances in your home. Yet they are not indestructible. They are not without problems. The truth is that there are some things you need to do if you want your toilet to continue to work properly. This includes paying attention to what you do and don’t flush down the toilet and doing some maintenance every once in awhile.
Here are 5 truths to know about toilets:
Truth#1: Only flush human waste and a reasonable amount of toilet paper.
Toilet paper is designed with cellulose fibers that quickly degrade in water. This makes it safe to flush. However, this is not the same for other types of paper. Only flush toilet paper and not paper towels, Kleenex, napkins, and other forms of paper. These take longer to degrade and can damage your sewer.
Truth #2: Toilet paper can damage your toilet.
As we indicated, toilet paper will safely degrade and can be flushed but you want to be careful of quantity and thickness. Use enough to get the job done without stuffing your bowl full. If it is too thick and too much, water won’t be able to activate the degradation properties and this can cause a clog. In addition, older sewer pipes might have problems handling the extra strong and soft types of toilet paper.
Truth #3: Toilets are known to clog.
If you use your toilet as a waste receptacle it will clog and potentially damage it. But even when you are careful about what you flush sediment and minerals can accumulate in the sewer lines, which can cause clogs over time. By regularly using a toilet bowl cleaner you can help clean your sewer lines and prevent clogs. And cleaning also helps keep your bowl sparkly clean.
Truth #4: Low flow toilets are high performing.
There are some myths out there that low flow or high efficiency toilets with Watersense labels waste water because they will need multiple flushes to clear the bowl. But the truth is that the low flow toilet works with just one flush. New technology and design advancements, such as pressure-assisted flushers and modifications to bowl contours, allow high-efficiency toilets to flush better than first-generation low-flow toilets. This saves water and does the job.
Truth #5: A Watersense labeled toilet can pay for itself in a few years.
Watersense labeled toilets cost more to purchase but quickly start saving you money with water conservation savings. And when you think about how many years you expect to have it, it can be much cheaper than less efficient models.
If you have a clog or a running toilet that is wasting water, High Priority Plumbing can fix your problem. We also install all types of toilets including those that are higher efficiency with Watersense labels. Contact us to schedule an appointment at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah.