We use our toilets every day of our lives, and so it makes sense to to have regular toilet maintenance to keep them clean and hygienic. Apart from the fact that a dirty toilet is unhealthy, it is also downright unpleasant for anyone needing to use what turns out to be a grubby loo. Whether you need an Ormond plumber, or someone from Toorak, South Yarra, Malvern, or anywhere else in Melbourne, I am here to help.
I’m a qualified plumber, and while my team at Precision Electrical and Plumbing gets called out to help many people who have allowed their toilets to deteriorate so badly they need professional help, I prefer to give good advice to my clients to prevent this from happening.
How You Can Keep Your Toilet Pristine Inside And Out – An Ormond Plumber Gives Tips
First and foremost, keep all parts of your toilet hygienically clean. To do this you need to regularly wipe down the outside of the bowl or pan, as well as the outside of the cistern, and the seat and its cover. There are many different household products that you can use to sanitise and disinfect, but when it comes to the inside of the bowl, make sure that you use a product that will not adversely affect the drainage system. This is particularly important if you have a septic tank. Your Ormond plumber will confirm this.
Cleaning the inside of the toilet bowl is not a particularly pleasant job, but it is essential to get rid of bacteria and to prevent calcium building up and staining the surface. If you don’t clean properly and regularly, you will end up with a discoloured bowl that may even become slightly pitted and scarred over time. The bad news is that this WILL result in you having to replace the bowl.
If a toilet bowl is cracked, replace it (or have it replaced by a professional) immediately. There have been some nasty accidents when people have sat on a cracked base that has broken under their weight.
And don’t forget the toilet seat. Not only is it important to keep the seat clean, but it is also essential to make sure that the hardware used to attach it to the toilet is maintained. If it comes loose, tighten it and if it breaks, replace it.
That’s the easy part. Here are some common problems you may be faced with at one time or another. Just remember that if you cannot solve problems, your Ormond plumber from Precision Electrical and Plumbing can help you.
Common Problems Relating To Toilets
The most common toilet problems relate to blocked drains and faulty cisterns. Realistically, you need to realise that you will not always be able to solve these problems on your own, without the help of a qualified plumber. For this reason it is important to do all you can to prevent drains becoming blocked and to fix cistern parts before they fail completely.
While it is true that most blocked drains are caused by roots of trees getting into the system, it is also true that grease, oil, hair, toilet paper and other foreign objects play a role. So don’t be tempted to flush unnecessary stuff down the loo. Rather keep a small covered bin in the bathroom and ask family and friends to use this for items like tampons, disposal nappies and anything else they might otherwise be tempted to chuck down the drain.
Blocked drains will usually cause the level of the water in the toilet bowl to rise, and possibly overflow. If the workings of the cistern are faulty, water might flow into the bowl, or out of the overflow pipe and onto the floor. So if there is any sort of flooding, you will need to assess what the problem is. If you aren’t sure, turn off the water at the mains and call a plumber. If you live in the Melbourne area, a plumber from Precision Electrical and Plumbing will be there to help you in double quick time.
Sometimes the inlet valves in cisterns get stuck because there is dirt in the water. To rectify this, you will need to turn off the water at the mains or at a nearby stopcock. Then you will need to disassemble the unit and clean it – and then put it together again. An Ormond plumber from our company will help you if this is where you live; otherwise we will send someone from your area.
Another problem that happens is that the valve sticks and the cistern overflows. Lubricating the floater arm might help. The lever in the cistern can also break, and then you won’t be able to flush. A damaged or worn diaphragm in a siphonic cistern will also affect flushing. In this event, the diaphragm will need to be replaced. You don’t have to do this, our Ormond plumber or someone from your area will help.
The other plumbing part that sometimes causes problems is the float in the cistern, which might get stuck or even break.
Remember that some cisterns are easier to access than others, and if you aren’t sure what to do, rather call in a plumber. We at Precision Electrical and Plumbing are here to help.