Has spring time sprung a nasty surprise for you without a warning? If you walked into a bathroom hoping to find relief but instead found a terrible situation, then apparently it was not your day.
In life, there are few things worse than having to use a disgusting bathroom! If the smell doesn’t knock you down, it could be the stained yellow patches or brown rings, or worse an unflushed toilet.
No soap, no hot water, a leaking faucet with grim buildup, and toilet paper that resembles sandpaper are all things we can avoid with the right toilet etiquette. Bathroom Etiquette 101 is a real thing, and apparently many people have forgotten what it’s like to enter a shiny, clean bathroom. Let this serve as a refresher course before a real plumbing emergency occurs.
Keeping it Clean
We all love the rhyming signs in bathrooms, “if you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be neat and wipe the seat” and the sign stating the truest statement in the world, “you never know what you have until it’s gone. For example, toilet paper.”
However, a phrase we will never agree with is, “if it’s yellow let it mellow.” When your business is left in the toilet, it stinks. End of story! Additionally, if you don’t flush you will be left with a clogged toilet from the excess toilet paper sitting in the basin.
One of the first rules of toilet etiquette is before you leave the restroom, make sure you flush the toilet. But wait, there’s more! Stick around and check to see if everything has been whisked away down the drain.
You don’t need to leave something behind for the next person to see, smell, or deal with. Sometimes a courtesy flush is required for extra unmentionables and lingering smells. There are some trained toilet cleaning pros that even go as far as using cleaning supplies to clean the toilet once they use it.
Your Toilet is NOT a Trash Bin
As a child, our parents try to teach us right from wrong. In the many lessons we receive, proper toilet etiquette is one of them. As early as the age of two, children are taught not to put toys, bottles, and sippy cups in the toilet.
Not that they understand the danger of clogging the toilet to the point of needed repiping, but the adults do and that’s why we just simply have to remind them how yucky toilets can be.
At the same time, adults must also adhere to what is right and wrong to avoid repiping. It’s essential that cleansing wipes, makeup pads, and hygiene products are disposed of in the right place so that clogs are avoided. When our Total Comfort technicians are called to a home in Fredericksburg, VA, many times they find that non-flushable items are the cause of a blockage within their system.
Some of the most common items include paper towels, heavy-duty toilet paper, feminine products, and even baby diapers. Occasionally a toothbrush or small toy is the culprit. Being conscious of what is flushed down the toilet can help prevent clogs and the expensive endeavor of repiping.
Avoiding Plumbing Emergencies
We know that a plumbing emergency is not always the situation, however, the most common plumbing emergency emerge from overlooked clogged toilets, which can occur for many reasons and improper toilet etiquette.
In addition to not flushing unwanted items down the drain, to help avoid a plumbing emergency you can also check the toilet’s flapper, clean the tank and bowl, and re-caulk your toilet. Remember that plumbing emergencies can always be prevented with maintenance.
Bathroom manners are important whether you’re in a private or public restroom. #Keepyouraim and know before you go. Be mindful of your surroundings, and the people who will use the same toilet after you. However, if a plumbing emergency happens to strike, call our experts at Total Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing at (540) 373-9780.