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5 Bad Toilet Habits to Avoid



If you hope to avoid any kind of trouble with your toilet plumbing, Lambert Plumbing and Heating Ltd has come up with a list of useful plumbing tips to help you do just that.

The first thing to do is understand that we all have bad habits when it comes to how we treat our toilet, and we need to break those habits if we hope to avoid a bathroom plumbing fiasco!

Below is a list of five lousy plumbing habits, what kind of damage they do to your toilet and pipes, and how much you can expect to pay to repair your toilet.

How do Your Habits Affect Your Toilet Piping?

The way you use (or misuse) your toilet has a huge effect on your plumbing system. As with almost everything, if you use your toilet in a way that it is not intended to be used, you are more likely to break it. Here are five things you may not even realize you are doing that can have a negative impact on your toilet:

  1. toiletpipesTreating your toilet as a waste bin- disposing of things like hair, grease, feminine hygiene products, and hard plastics in your toilet.
  2. Cleaning your toilet with harsh chemicals that can eat away at the porcelain glaze.
  3. Putting large wads of toilet paper in the toilet at once.
  4. Ignoring issues like a weak flush or a leaking toilet.
  5. Using liquid drain cleaner to unclog your toilet instead of a plunger, or if a plunger didn’t work.

Can The Toilet Damage Really be That Significant?

damageEach of the above-listed habits has their own consequences, so the amount of damage you could be doing to your plumbing system depends on which one(s) you are guilty of.

Using harsh chemicals to clean your toilet, for example, can cause scratches in the glaze on your toilet, which can cause dirt and other debris to get in under it and create stains that are nearly impossible to remove.

That may not seem like too bad of a problem. Other things like putting too much paper down the drain or disposing of other articles in your toilet can lead to a severe clog in your toilet drain (or further back in the pipe) that can lead to an unsanitary sewage backup.

How High Can Repair Costs Get?

repaircostAgain, the cost of your toilet repairs depends on the severity of the damage caused by your bad toilet habits.

A toilet that has a clog that can’t be removed with a plunger can easily be cleared out with professional plumbing tools.

Toilet unclogging services can range in price from less than $100 to as much as $500. More complex jobs like fixing or replacing bad piping can cost as much as $600, in some cases.

It’s not enough just to avoid bad habits when it comes to your toilets. You also have to practice good habits! Research what you can do to take good care of your toilets. If you find yourself dealing with a significant plumbing issue, call Lambert Plumbing and Heating Ltd in Vancouver at (604) 734-0890.