Three Easy Ways to Avoid Blocked Toilets

A blocked toilet is inconvenient enough when it happens in your home, but when it happens at your business, you can lose a lot more than the cost of repair.

Because the comfort of your staff and customers is so important to productivity and profitability, any break down in such an essential service can have an immediate impact.

Here are three easy ways that everyone who uses your toilets can help reduce the risk of blockages brought to you by Brisbane plumbing team, Citi Plumbing:

1. Provide material disposal alternatives

girls toilet binWhile it may seem obvious, many blockages are as a result of materials being flushed which don’t belong in the toilet. Unlike toilet paper which breaks down in water, a host of other bathroom products remain intact when flushed and can become caught in the toilet and pipes.

From personal cleaning products like dental floss, ear buds and cotton buds, to nappies and female hygiene products – all can block a toilet and prevent it from flushing correctly.

To reduce the risk of these blockages at home and at work, ensure that bathrooms have appropriate disposal options available in female bathrooms for feminine hygiene products. Bins should also be available in bathrooms and/or changing rooms so parents can properly dispose of nappies after changing their children.

2. No room for child’s play

Toilets can be a source of intrigue for many children. It can be a fun game for some to see exactly what can be made to ‘swim’ or flushed down the toilet – and become lodged in the toilet bowl or pipes.

Kids have also known been known to use more toilet paper than the toilet can handle in a flush, leading to a potential blockage. More than one child has pulled a roll of toilet paper to the end – just because it’s fun!
To reduce the risk of children damaging your business’s toilets it’s a good idea to erect signage encouraging parents to supervise children when they go to the bathroom. At home, you just need to be a little vigilant.

3. Regular pipe checks

a pipe with a dripPerhaps the most forgotten contributors to toilet problems is damaged or blocked pipes. These can eventually even stop water from correctly leaving the toilet bowl.

Pipes can become damaged by tree roots, wear and tear over time, and by badly planned excavation. When they break or crack, soil or parts of the pipes themselves can accumulate and inhibit the flow. We recommend that you avoid planting trees with vigorous root systems, like gum trees, near any pipes. However, if they are already there, it’s a good idea to have a licensed plumber regularly check for damaged pipes – easy to do with the help of modern technology.

Finally, if your toilets do show early signs of being blocked, take immediate action – don’t wait for the situation to become unpleasant.