The holidays are coming! Are you expecting guests? The toilets are one of the most important fixtures in your home when guests come to stay. Keeping your toilets in good condition over the holidays can help ensure that your holiday will be a success.
The only things you can safely flush down your toilet include human waste, water, and toilet paper. It’s important to avoid flushing anything that could cause a clog or a backup.
Even products that are labeled “flushable” (like wipes) are bad for pipes and bad for sewers. At Terry’s Plumbing, we recommend placing garbage cans near all the toilets in your home, so members of your household can easily throw items away that don’t belong down the drain.
It may feel good while it’s being used, but the thickest types of toilet paper may not biodegrade as quickly as the thinner types of toilet paper. Using thick toilet paper can lead to clogs and sewer backups. If you’ve always used thick toilet paper and don’t want to switch, buy thinner toilet paper just for the holidays. Visitors who aren’t used to thick double-ply toilet paper might grab larger wads than necessary, which could create problems while they’re in your home.
If you currently have a toilet that’s running, this is a sign that the parts of the toilet tank are deteriorating. This means you could soon find yourself without a working toilet. Replace the parts in the toilet tank as soon as possible to ensure that your toilet continues to flush while your guests are around. If you’re not sure how to replace the parts of your toilet tank personally, take a look at our previous post on the subject.
You might know how to use your toilet wisely, but do your children? Teach your kids best practices when it comes to toilet use. Remind them that we never flush food, toys, and other items down the toilet or the drains. Have “training sessions” with little kids and allow them to practice flushing the toilet. They’ll have fun and learn something at the same time!
With guests on the way, you’re going to want as many working toilets in your home as possible. Now is the time to put your basement toilet to good use! Put up a screen or a curtain around your Pittsburgh toilet to ensure that your guests will have a place to go even if the bathrooms are all occupied. Don’t forget to stock the area with toilet paper!
If you’ve got one toilet out of commission, now is the time to get that fixed. Contact a plumber to repair any broken or clogged toilets before your guests arrive later this month. At Terry’s Plumbing, we’re happy to help homeowners repair their toilets before the big holiday rush! Call us today at 412-364-9114 to schedule an appointment.