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Toilet Overflow Prevention Tips

Toilet overflows in Boston are messy, unsanitary and potentially threatening to your property and your health. Overflows usually happen when a clog prevents water and waste from moving smoothly from the toilet to the sewer. When passage is impossible, water backs up and finds its way back to the bowl where it spills over. Things can get even more complicated when your toilet’s tank malfunctions and keeps feeding the toilet new water that eventually floods the bathroom.

While it’s entirely possible to unclog a toilet and restore your residential or commercial space in the aftermath of indoor flooding, it’s much better to prevent an incident from happening in the first place. Preventing a toilet overflow is practically effortless and it saves you money on repair and cleanup costs.

Here are four tips that should keep your toilet safe from nasty clogging incidents:

  1. Avoid Flushing Anything That’s Not Human Waste – Some folks think of their toilets as water-powered trash bins. These are the same people who find out fast what a big mistake having that mindset is. Avoid flushing anything that’s not urine or feces in your toilet. Baby wipes, napkins, candy wrappers, paper, fabrics, sponges and soap can all accumulate in the toilet line and cause a major clog. Even toilet paper in large quantities can create a clog even though most labels say they’re safe to flush. Try to limit flushing to urine and solid waste. Having a small trash bin with a lid is a better option for little things that you want to dispose of.
  2. Keep Oily and Fatty Fluids Away from Your Toilet – While lotions, creams, shaving cream and other oily fluids seem safe to flush, it’s generally not a good idea to do so. Oily substances don’t mix with water and they stay together as they’re sent down the water line. If globs of oily matter get stuck there, they’ll snowball with other debris that get flushed down later. The end result is an icky amalgam of oil, waste, tissue and hair that will stop water and waste from going where they should be.
  3. Educate Your Kids on Proper Toilet Use – Kids will always be curious and sooner or later. They may even try flushing toys and whatever they can get their hands on in your toilet. This is particularly problematic because toys can get stuck in the water line and hang tough even when a plunger or a snake is used to try and clear it. The best preventive measure here is to educate your children on what would happen if they drop their toys and flush them in the toilet. A little exercise in cause-and-effect logic should work for most kids.
  4. Exercise Proper Flushing – The way you flush can also contribute to the formation of clogs. Flushing too much waste at once can result in toilet choke and a subsequent clog. Flushing with less than a full tank can also cause waste to not go all the way through the water line and stay there to mingle with the next batch of debris that comes along. For best results, flush several times if there’s a lot of waste present in the bowl. You should also wait for the tank to fill up, then flush in one big motion to make sure the water is strong enough to take all the waste through the water line and into the sewage system.


Contact Kennedy Restoration Services for Toilet Overflow Cleanup

Sometimes, you practice all the precautions but a clog still happens. It’s normal and most toilets get clogged up at least once in their service lifespans. If you encounter this issue in your Boston home or workplace, call Kennedy Restoration Services immediately. We offer safe and effective toilet overflow cleanup services. We have the right tools, equipment and knowledge that allows us to fix your toilet, get rid of the clog and extract whatever water has overflowed from your bowl. Our friendly staff are on standby all day long to take your call and send a team over for a free inspection and cost estimate. Dial our number today or drop us a line via email through our Contact Us form.