Tips To Keep the Toilet Working Even With Holiday Company
The holiday season is coming, and with many, many get-togethers. As the traffic through the home increases, so, too, will the traffic through the bathroom. Many homeowners may consider, is their bathroom plumbing up to snuff? Its frequent use during the holiday season may determine it's not.
To prepare in advance, homeowners should look for the following five signs that the toilet may need replacement. These tips can prevent a clogged toilet during the holidays.
5 Signs a Toilet Needs Replacing
Planning to have company this holiday season? Homeowners might consider replacing their toilet before they arrive, especially if they notice any of these five symptoms:
- Frequent clogs: If the toilet becomes clogged very frequently, it may be a good idea to replace the toilet and the plumbing underneath it. Old plumbing is narrower and likely to have buildup on its walls, which contributes to clogs.
- Age: Older toilets use a lot of water to flush waste down. Toilets manufactured before 1982 use 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush! Modern toilets use only 1.6 gallons, in keeping with conservation regulations. Older toilets are also more likely to develop a crack.
- Constant running: If the toilet tank is constantly refilling, and a homeowner has already ruled out the usual suspects of the flapper and chain, they may have a leak. A leak can sometimes be repaired, but it may be better to replace the whole toilet.
- Low, round bowl: Toilets with short, round bowls tend to be more uncomfortable than newer models that are taller and elongated. This is purely a matter of comfort, but it can make a world of difference in user experience, especially for an often-used toilet.
- Rocking or wobbling: When the toilet wobbles or rocks, it is usually a sign that the wax ring underneath it needs to be replaced. However, if the toilet isn't designed to hold a lot of weight or the floor itself is uneven, the problem will reappear. It may be best to upgrade to a newer toilet and have it professionally installed.
How To Keep a Frequently Used Toilet From Clogging
There's no need to forbid holiday guests from using the toilet or limit the number of uses. Instead, here are some simple steps homeowners can take to help prevent clogs from forming, especially in a highly trafficked bathroom:
- Use thinner toilet paper: Two- or three-ply toilet paper may feel more cushioned, but it doesn't help people use less, and too much of it can quickly cause a clog. Thinner toilet paper, on the other hand, is easier for plumbing systems to handle. Homeowners can look for varieties that are safe for septic tanks for the best performance. Whatever the option, toilet paper is the only thing that should be flushed.
- Switch to a high-efficiency toilet: If toilet replacement is needed, look for a modern high-efficiency model, which offers different flush modes for light use or heavy use. Not only will this keep everything moving smoothly, but it will also save money on the water bill.
- Have the drain professionally cleaned: A professional drain cleaning before the big day will provide ultimate peace of mind. Plumbing companies have a few different drain cleaning methods, and most can reach way down to the sewer main.
Professional Clogged Toilet Solutions
If the worst does happen and the toilet clogs while guests are over, there's no need to panic. Most toilet clogs can be broken up with simple at-home remedies such as plunging, snaking, and drain opening chemicals.
If the clog still won't budge, it's a good idea to call a professional plumber. Plumbers are very familiar with residential plumbing systems and know the quickest, safest way to remove the clog. They will most likely use a snake to pierce through the clog, but if it comes down to taking apart the plumbing, they have the expertise to do so and put it all back together again.
Get Assistance From A & A Plumbing
Family-owned and operated since 2007, A & A Plumbing is San Antonio's go-to plumbing company. They specialize in clogged toilet repair and are available for emergency service too. A & A Plumbing provides affordable plumbing solutions homeowners can trust.