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Maintaining the Plumbing in the Bathroom
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:22

The toilet will usually tell you when something is wrong. It will run continually or flush inefficiently. If this is the case, you can clear the clog, replace the parts so that it flushes better or contact a plumber for some help.  However, there are some things you can do to avoid problems so you don’t have to make repairs.

First of all, do not put anything into the toilet except toilet paper.  Wipes, sanitary napkins, paper towels or anything heavier than toilet paper can clog the pipes.  Young children often try to flush toys and other objects.  To prevent this, consider getting a toilet lock.  Not only will it be better for your pipes it will also be safer for small children who can fall head first into a toilet. Also, keep a small trash can near the toilet to provide a place for those items that should not be flushed.

Secondly, it is important to know how to turn off the water in your home if there is a leak or over-flow. If the toilet in the bathroom started to leak, would you know how to turn the water off to minimize the damage?  If the answer is “no” then it is time to learn.   Walk around your home and find all the shut-off valves for each set of pipes and create a chart for quick reference when you are in need of it.

Next, provide regular maintenance of your plumbing lines. Your options are getting your lines snaked or jetted. Jetted is a newer technology that many believe is more effective than having lines snaked.  However, your Charlotte plumber can suggest the right procedure for your home.

Also, you should check how well your toilets are flushing. If the handle needs to be played with in order to keep the water from running constantly, or if it needs to be held down several times in order to flush, you may need to switch out some of the parts in your tank. This is not expensive, and it could help reduce your monthly water bill. It could also mean that you avoid the embarrassment of the flushing system breaking when you have visitors!

Lastly, don't shrug off that trickle coming from your toilet as a small problem. Even the tiniest leak can be quite expensive in the long run as you end up wasting potentially hundreds of gallons of water. See if you can find the root of the leak, or seek out professional advice, and keep your toilet running efficiently.

It is important that you know how to take care of plumbing in the bathroom, but it is more important that you get your data from a reliable source. If you are in need of advice, repairs or assistance in the Charlotte area, call us here at Bullseye Plumbing.  We have been serving Charlotte and the surrounding area for 15 years.   (704) 336 - 9671