With St. Patrick’s day just a couple of weeks behind us, did you get the wrong kind of luck? Maybe that four-leaf clover you found did you wrong.
Maybe you were one of that unlucky crowd who went out to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day and found yourself at a packed bar, waiting in line for a bathroom that was...well, nasty is putting it nicely.
Just think, your unlucky bathroom encounter could have been prevented if people just had better toilet etiquette. Read on to learn a little bit about how you can improve your toilet etiquette, and avoid having a nasty bathroom and even prevent a plumbing emergency!
When Was the Last Time You Thought About Toilet Cleaning?
Yes, toilet cleaning is the first topic that needs to be considered when talking about toilet etiquette. Believe it or not, toilet cleaning begins with a very simple act: flushing.
Just by flushing the toilet when you are done, you keep your toilet bowl cleaner. You also prevent whoever comes into the bathroom after you from seeing something they had no interest in seeing.
The other side of toilet cleaning is cleaning up after yourself. We've all left a little sprinkle on the seat, or dropped a piece of toilet paper on the floor; it's no big deal- just clean up after yourself before you leave the bathroom!
You Can Steer Clear of Repiping Services
That’s right! Practicing proper toilet etiquette can help you prevent pipe damage that can result in needing expensive repiping services! How?
Well, another part of toilet etiquette is keeping non-flushable materials out of the toilet. Your toilet, and the pipes that it drains out to are not meant to dispose of anything and everything you want to flush away.
To avoid damage to your toilet and pipes, do not flush anything other than fecal matter and toilet paper down your toilet, including:
- Beauty aids such as cotton swabs or pads or make-up removing wipes
- Feminine hygiene products, like sanitary napkins
- Paper towels
- Wet wipes (even if you use the “flushable” kind, you should never flush more than one wipe at a time)
- Hair trimmings or nail clippings
- Large wads of toilet paper
You Can Prevent a Plumbing Emergency
Again, we are all human, and all have had moments (maybe on St. Patrick’s Day after a couple of green beers and a shot of Irish whiskey) when we have forgotten our toilet etiquette.
Maybe you forgot to aim for the toilet, and left if for someone else to clean after you. Maybe you forgot to flush before you left the bathroom, or maybe you accidentally dropped something you shouldn’t have into the toilet without thinking about it.
When these things happen, plumbing emergencies become more likely. Here’s a little bonus tip for you: you can implement your proper toilet etiquette in your own home as well as in public bathrooms to maintain a cleaner bathroom and save time when you clean it!
Just remembering to #keepyouraim can spare someone else from having an unlucky time in the bathroom. If you ever have a plumbing emergency, despite your toilet etiquette, just call Lambert Plumbing and Heating Ltd at (604) 734-0890 to speak with an expert plumbing contractor in Vancouver, BC.