During the rest of the year your toilet has pretty much the same use required of it, however, come the holiday season your toilet is put through its paces and this is where things may go wrong.
If you own a garburator, be careful what you allow to go down. Many foods can block up the motor. Rice, pasta and pumpkin can block up the line and it may be difficult to clear the blockage. Always scrape off all food debris from a plate etc., as over time, every little pea and piece of potato will build up into a soggy mass which will cause a slow draining sink. We advise the use of a strainer for your sinks to keep those sneaky bits of food out of your plumbing line. Please note that pouring any grease or fat down the drain will cause blockages. Over time the grease builds up and solidifies and it is really difficult to dislodge with most drain cleaning equipment.
If you do have a blockage in your sink, please refrain from using chemical cleaners: they can be corrosive to some piping and also dangerous to our plumber if he needs to come in and inspect the line. Try this baking soda and vinegar method to clear the line:
A plunger can also be used on a sink, but be sure to plug the overflow hole first, or you may get wet!
As with the sinks, all plates, pans, dishes etc. must be scraped as much as possible to prevent discharge line blockage. It’s also a good idea to make sure your discharge drain connection is higher in the cabinet than the base of the sinks. This is to prevent backing up of water into your dishwasher from a blocked sink.
If you do have family visiting, it may be a good idea to get a hair trap for your shower or tubs. Extra heads of hair can take their toll on your bathroom plumbing! Additionally extra people using the sink to brush teeth and shave can cause a sink blockage. As a preventive measure, we recommend Biosmart, which is a safe to use clog preventer. See our products page for more information.
We hope you enjoyed reading these tips and we wish you Happy (and clog-free) Holidays.