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    Toilet issues, such as clogs, running water or broken flushers, are fairly common. If you’ve run into any of these issues or any others, call The Rooter Works right away. You can trust our background-checked, drug-tested plumbers to get the job done right the first time. If the services aren’t completed to your total satisfaction, you’ll get your money back!

    But how can I detect a leaking/running toilet?

    Leaking toilets aren’t always so easy to recognize. If you want to know for sure whether or not you have a leaking toilet, place a few drops of food dye into your toilet tank.

    Wait 10-20 minutes to see if any of the coloring has made its way into the toilet bowl.

    If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you have a leaking toilet that should be fixed as soon as possible. Flush the toilet immediately to avoid staining the tank or bowl.

    Preventative Plumbing Tips

    Many costly toilet repairs and replacements can be prevented by taking care of your toilet. You can do this by calling The Rooter Works for toilet maintenance, but you can also do your part in your day-to-day life to prevent clogs.

    How can I prevent toilet clogs?

    If you experience frequent toilet clogs, switch over to a thinner brand of toilet paper, use toilet paper conservatively, and flush as you go (if necessary). It may also be a good idea to place a sign near your toilet to warn guests to be careful with your toilet and septic system.

    Sometimes, however, toilets with weak flushes are due to problems further down the line that are restricting pressure and flow. If there is poor pressure in other parts of the plumbing system, you may notice weak water flow in showers, sinks, toilets, and more. In this case, contact a professional plumber to diagnose the situation.

    What can I flush down the toilet?

    The ONLY things that you should flush down the toilet are toilet paper and human waste.

    NEVER flush any of the following items:

    • Wet wipes or baby wipes. Despite their marketing claim of being flushable, they can create clogs in your plumbing system and cause “fatbergs” (a combination of fat, grease, and wet wipes) in the municipal water system.
    • Drugs. Instead of flushing prescription pills down the sink or toilet, which can end up in our drinking supply, we recommend taking them back to your pharmacy. When in doubt, ask your pharmacist how to dispose of old medications.
    • Cotton. Even though a lot of toilet paper is made with cotton, it’s not a good idea to flush cotton, which will clump together and form a vicious clog.
    • Paper towels or tissues. Paper towels and tissues are a lot stronger than toilet paper and take a lot longer to dissolve. Compare wiping your hands with toilet paper with paper towels and tissues and you will immediately see the difference.
    • Floss, diapers, feminine products, hair, paint, plastic, cigarette butts, etc.

    You get the idea. The toilet is not a garbage can, so don’t treat it like one. Remember, only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down the toilet.

    If you’re ready for expert toilet services in Columbus, call The Rooter Works right away!

    For Quality Plumbing at a Fair Price, Call The Rooter Works at 614-766-8371