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Toilet Plumbing Problems to Avoid

top view of a toilet with an open lidWe get it—your toilet isn’t something you think about a whole lot. Sure, it’s a plumbing fixture you rely on daily, and we probably all take it for granted when it works flawlessly. But when something goes wrong with your toilet, it’s usually not a problem that can wait.

You can contact our team for reliable Glenview, IL toilet repair and other services. But in the meantime we’d like to help you avoid problems to begin with. Whether you’re having a low-flow toilet installed or you need drain cleaning, we have tips and tricks that can help you avoid costly repairs later on. Keep reading to learn more!

Don’t Attempt Toilet Installation on Your Own

The best way to prevent a problem with your toilet right off the bat is by trusting a professional for the installation of this plumbing fixture. There are a few different things that can go wrong with bathroom installations, and the toilet is no exception.

It’s important to ensure that the toilet is completely and accurately sealed. Part of determining this is the case is ensuring it’s properly sized. There is a measurement called the “rough-in,” which is the distance between the wall behind the toilet and the center of the drainpipe, or the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. The standard rough-in in older homes is 10 inches. However, newer homes allow for 12-14 inches. Purchasing the wrong size toilet and trying to install that toilet will prove to be an impossible task.

Keep Trash Out of the Toilet

The problem with this tip is that many wipes today are marketed as “flushable” when they really shouldn’t be. They do not disintegrate well, and as a result can build up and form clogs in the toilet. The same can be said for other paper products like napkins, paper towels, and paper plates (yes, people have actually tried to flush paper plates).

The best thing to do with these disposable products is to put them in the wastebasket. This is important in protecting your toilet’s drainpipe.

Don’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaner!

We can’t stress this one enough. If you have a clogged toilet, and you can’t resolve it with a plunger and some elbow grease, then please skip the liquid drain cleaner and give the pros a call. The reason for this is because these store bought solutions have corrosive chemicals in them that are actually bad for the toilet and the drain pipes.

Liquid drain cleaners can eat away at your plumbing system, causing more harm than good. Additionally, they don’t effectively remove whatever the clog is, meaning that in a few months you’ll be back to square one needing a clog removed. Regular plumbing maintenance can help prevent clogs from forming in general, but our professional plumbers have the tools, expertise, and training to effectively remove toilet clogs should they occur.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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