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How To Avoid Plumbing Emergencies in Your Bathroom

Everyone has had to deal with a clogged toilet at some point in their life. It happens. But absolutely nothing is worse than dealing with a toilet malfunction during special dinner nights, such as parties with guests, or holidays like Thanksgiving. Luckily, the following information will help you avoid embarrassing toilet emergencies from happening to you this holiday season.

Preventing Toilet Clogs is Easier than You Think

Clogged toilets are not an uncommon occurrence in most homes. Luckily there are many ways you can avoid, or even prevent, a clogged toilet from happening in your bathroom.

  • clogged toiletNever, ever flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper or bodily waste. Even things such as paper towels, or towelettes that state they are flushable, have been known to cause toilet clogs. So be on the safe side and only flush toilet paper and waste.
  • Speaking of toilet paper, try not to flush too much of it. While toilet paper is completely safe to flush, too much of it may get clogged, causing you to break out the plunger. If you’re frequently facing clogs try a different brand of TP and see if that makes a difference.
  • Never flush grease or food. Grease shouldn’t ever be put down any drain, including your toilet, because it will solidify and cause a clog that can sometimes be extremely expensive. And it’s never a good idea to flush food, even if you think it will fit. It can build up and cause a clog, so it’s best to take all food waste out to the garbage.

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll limit your chances of clogging a toilet in the future.

Serwer Line Issues Can Reverse the Flow of Water

If you’ve ever flushed your toilet and the water has gone up, instead of down, well, that could be a sign of an emergency situation. Specifically, a blocked sewer line. Each house has a main sewer line that leads from the residence to connect with the community’s sewer line. From there the wastewater flows to a wastewater treatment facility where it’s made safe and clean.

blocked sewer line

But if you have a blocked sewer line, it means no wastewater, including toilet, sink, shower, or bathwater, can leave your house. And since it can’t go down, it will come back up. This can lead to raw sewage backing up in your home, a costly, and disgusting emergency. So if you notice water flowing the wrong direction, or perhaps have seen a constantly soggy patch in your yard, contact your plumber before the situation becomes an extreme emergency.

Preventative Maintenance is Essential

preventative maintenanceOf course, the best offense is a good defense, and that’s true for your plumbing system, too. Many of the above emergencies or problems can be completely avoided if you practice proper maintenance of your plumbing network.

Contact your local plumber to have your drains regularly cleaned and inspected, and have your pipes checked for corrosion or leaks. A small problem is often easier, and cheaper to repair, and can prevent a lot of heartache or embarrassment this holiday season.

Daniel Cordova Plumbing is Here To Help

Daniel Cordova Plumbing has fast response times and emergency repairs for the West Covina, CA area. They offer upfront pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Whether it’s an overflowing toilet or a broken pipe, you can count on their plumbing contractors for help. And check out the loyalty program for further discounts!