Super Toilet Bowl Maintenance
If you’re one of the 111.3 million people watching the Super Bowl next month, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll be watching with friends or family at a party (according to Statista). If you’re hosting a party, the last thing you want to deal with is a perpetually running toilet or unpleasant clog. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to repair and prevent a super toilet bowl problem:
Is Your Toilet Running? If Yes, You Better Go Catch It!
If your toilet flushes but then takes longer than usual to fill or never stops running water altogether, it could mean you have a leak that could be wasting a considerable amount of water. A leaky toilet that’s constantly running can waste as much as 200 gallons of water in just one day. This could result in an incredibly high water bill or even water damage if it’s leaking into the wall or floor.
- Water Level – Mark the water level in the toilet tank and then turn off the main water supply. If the water level has fallen, you likely have a leak
- The Flapper – If your flapper inside the toilet tank is improperly sealed, it could be causing a leak. Push the flapper down when water is running. If it stops, you may need to replace it.
- Fill Valve – Lift the float arm inside the tank so that the water stops filling the tank 6 to 12 inches below the top of the overflow pipe. The fill valve may need to be replaced if you notice a leak.
Do not flush anything but waste and toilet paper. Flushing other materials will almost always lead to clogs and backups. Wipes, feminine hygiene products, antibiotics and medicines, food, chemicals and countless other items should never be flushed down a toilet. Although a products packaging may claim it is “flushable,” this is often not the case. It’s better to err on the side of caution and pitch it directly in the garbage can.
Some backups or leaks can only be repaired by a professional. Call Drain Masters or schedule online to have your drains and toilets inspected and cleared before the big game!