San Diego Plumbing Repair Pros Tackle Top 10 Toilet Questions
Since we get one or more of the following toilet questions in some form every day, we thought we would compile them here. Don’t let these common San Diego plumbing repair issues can keep you away from work for too long. Perry Plumbing will give you a convenient 2-hour appointment window, diagnose and fix your issues fast so can get back to normal life as soon as possible.
Can dental floss clog a toilet?
This is our favorite spousal fight.
Yes! Dental floss can cause a clog eventually because it does not disintegrate in water. Only human waste and toilet paper does. We get that the thin, unsubstantial nature of dental floss leads many to believe it could never block a sewer pipe, BUT, it DOES snag on things and then fats from the kitchen, hair and other materials start to build up on it. While it may not cause the clog all by itself, it contributes and therefore should NOT BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.
Should I clean my toilet tank?
Given San Diego’s hard water, no local water-conveying device remains free from sediment and lime scale. That means that if your tank is looking filmy or discolored, giving it a good wash and BLEACH will keep the toilet water cleaner.
To clean the tank, first, turn off your main water supply and flush until there is not water in the tank. Congratulations: you drained it by just turning a lever (at the front of your garage) and flushing a few times. Now, gently scrub off what dirt or lime scale you can, but don’t work so hard that you damage the tank. Go back to your garage and turn the water back on. The tank should fill. Leave that for five minutes or so and then flush once or twice.
What’s the most eco-friendly way to clean the toilet?
Eco-friendly for decades, Perry Plumbing technicians have great answers to this question. Pumice stones remove the ring while a one to one vinegar to water solution acts as a general cleaner. If you’re using the pumice stone, it’s helpful to drain the toilet following the steps above. Vinegar is a weak, non-toxic acid. Either way don’t forget the rubber gloves!
Will “flushable” cat litter clog my toilet?
This question comes from those skeptical of advertising claims. While technically flushable, we think only the cat feces should be strained and put into the toilet for flushing. The rest of the litter should be disposed of in the garbage. Cat litter is water absorbing clay. Clay builds up in sewer lines and contributes to blockages.
What’s wrong with the constantly running toilet if jiggling the handle fixes it?
The handle’s job is to lift the flapper at the bottom of the tank so that the water can flush out the waste. In a perfect world (or toilet) when the flapper goes back down, gravity helps it seal. If it closes a little off, water will leak into the bowl. Check to see if your chain is too long, your flapper worn out or call San Diego plumbing repair service Perry Plumbing to get it fixed right the first time.
Can a fish flushed down the toilet survive?
No. If the vortex created by flushing the toilet doesn’t send water through its gills and kill it that way, it may make it to the city sewer system. Depending on where you live, the chemicals in sewer pipes will kill a delicate fish pretty quickly. Once at the sewage treatment plant, the fish will be completely dried out like other solid waste.
What’s the worst that can happen if I install the toilet myself?
Do it yourselfers are notorious for having several parts left over after installing a new toilet. While the toilet may work, missing pieces and parts not joined exactly lead to slow leaks, which in turn lead to wet wood, drywall and flooring. When black mold starts growing, remediation is expensive and getting the mold team in takes time and money.
Is a toilet seat really cleaner than a computer keyboard or a phone?
Yes. Toilets are cleaned regularly. The other two are cleaned rarely. Believe it or not, money is cleaner than keyboards and phones because it has antibacterial substances worked into it. No research yet on whether the toilet seat is cleaner than money.
If you don’t flush urine, can it corrode the bowl?
With the California drought going into it’s fourth year (see our post “Another Hot Summer 2015 Ahead”), officials urge us to leave urine unflushed. While urine is acidic, it’s only mildly so. Made up of 95% water and carrying a pH of 4.6 to 8, it is certainly less acidic that the chemical toilet bowl cleaners many San Diegans use.
What is the lowest flush toilet currently available?
We have installed 0.8 gallons per flush toilets in our eco-friendliest clients’ homes. So far, they seem to be doing the job!
San Diego’s Toilet Experts and Proud of It!
With 35 years experience in all areas of San Diego, Perry Plumbing has seen every toilet and the bathrooms they come in. We’ve installed and repaired every toilet from a tiny wall-mounted unit with a hidden tank to double toilets in master baths larger than most bedrooms we’ve seen. We’ve analyzed and every baffling issue toilets from every manufacturer from the American Standard $89 model to Toto’s $6,500 model that analyzed blood pressure and temperature (just to begin).