Home ownership can be a great investment and a rewarding experience. Providing your family with a nice home can be a point of pride for many as well as a sense of accomplishment. With home ownership comes maintenance, repairs, and the upkeep of your property. These tasks can be daunting and overwhelming if you do not keep up with them. One of the most tedious of tasks to manage is the constantly overflowing toilet. This article will provide several tips to how you can avoid damage caused by an overflowing toilet.
- Consistent maintenance. Just like you will keep up with the washing up of the dishes, cleaning of the floors, and yard work, you should routinely check other equipment in your home to ensure that it is functioning properly. From time to time, lift the lid of the toilet tank to make sure that the water is high enough. If the water is not high enough, it will not create enough suction for the siphoning of waste. If you have hard water, be sure to add softener consistently because if you fail to do so, build up could harden and cause problems for your toilet.
- Toilet failure. If you do experience an overflow of sewage, it is best to use a shopvac to sweep up excess water. Be sure to use a fan in the area to help the space dry quickly to avoid mold spores from forming. If the leak is large enough that it was seeped through the floorboards to the level below, be sure that you do the same thing and clean up the excess water as soon as possible. Mold can cause massive problems for you and your family. Mold can cause illness and create contaminated air.
- Replacement. If these tips do not help your toilet from failing again, it may be time to hire a professional to fix your toilet. If that does not work, it may be time for a replacement. New toilets have great features such as the ability to choose how much water you need to flush certain waste. For example, flushing urine needs much less water than getting rid of feces. New toilets allow you to choose between the two and can save you a great deal of money on water. Not to mention this is friendlier to the environment as well.
Consistent maintenance and immediate action if there is a leak can be great preventative methods to avoiding damage to your home. With consistent maintenance and diligent clean up, you do not have to worry about major problems forming such as but not limited to mold and contaminated air quality. If problems persist, it is best to contact a professional to get help and remedy the problem. Sometimes it is imperative that you will need to replace your toilet. If you do have to do so, there are new toilets on the market that can save you money on water and help the environment at the same time.
This is a guest post brought to you by Justin Houston, on behalf of LJM Plumbing and Drainage.