Are you ready for the Christmas Holidays? Not only is this one of the busiest times of the year, but this is when most family and friends come together and play catch up. So if you are expecting a full house, the last thing you need is a slow flowing toilet. With just a few minutes of your time, you can ensure that when you need to count on your toilet the most, it stands up to the challenge. Lets not just stock the bathroom for guests, a little maintenance goes a long way!
I’m sure we have all experienced a drain clog or two over the years, and are aware of the importance of maintaining our drains, but do we know how to maintain our toilet? Do we really know what causes a slow flowing toilet? If you have ruled out a clog in your toilet and it is still not flowing properly, most likely your problem is bacterial and mineral deposits. Especially, if you live in an area with hard water.
So if not a toilet clog, then where do the minerals and bacteria accumulate?
There are two ways in which water flows into your toilet bowl, either by the flush holes located up inside the rim of your toilet or a hole located in the bottom of your toilet that also allows the water from your tank to flow in. This hole actually provides most of the flushing power and usually builds-up minerals easily.
In order to make sure solids properly get flushed down the toilet, there has to be sufficient water present in the bowl. When these holes become clogged or partially clogged due to mineral build-up, it takes more time for the bowl to fill up with water. If you’re like me, when my business is done, I’m done! I don’t have time to stand around waiting for my toilet to fill up before flushing!
So if you find yourself having more toilet clogs than usual, the first thing I’d do is check your flush holes. You can do this by flushing your toilet and watching carefully to the stream of water flowing from these holes. If the water is running straight down instead of shooting out diagonally around the bowl, your flush holes may be partially clogged.
Up until recently, methods for trying to clean these holes would include, using such items as coat hangers, awls, paper clips, screw drivers, etc. to try and scratch the minerals off. I discovered a very informative step to step guide on using a coat hanger here.
The most scariest recommendation I found was to use Muriatic acid with this warning following: MA is not to be taken lightly even though you can buy it down at the hardware store or big-box. You do not want to breathe the vapors as they will burn the lungs. Open a window in the room, use a fan and hold your breath for good measure. Goggles are best and if you get any on your skin or clothes….get it flushed off with water ASAP. Mind the drippings from your funnel when you remove it as MA can/will eat into many different materials. Ummm just saying, this is definitely not a choice in my household! But if you choose this method, please hire a professional.
The WaterDrills® Drain Opener is an environmentally friendly, safe solution for clogged drains. It uses only water right from your faucet at normal household water pressure. You now have a choice to easily clean and maintain your flush holes without damaging your plumbing fixtures or worrying about the risks involved with using caustic chemicals. The WaterDrills® Drain Opener in not just for clogged drains! Used as a maintenance tool, you can easily rid all your fixture drains from bacterial and mineral deposits. For more information and to read customer testimonials on this product, visit the WaterDrills.ca.
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So think WaterDrills, Let the Water Flow!