Nothing says party fail like a plumbing emergency. Such an emergency can be gross, embarrassing and, sometimes, expensive. If you’ve ever had a bathroom crisis during a party, you’ll know the importance of doing everything you can to prevent one.
We help you avoid a future fail! Keep reading for a plan for keeping the bathroom clean, proactively avoiding clogs and quickly addressing any plumbing emergency.
Toilet Etiquette 101: Toilet Cleaning
The first thing you can do to avoid a bathroom mess or emergency is to make sure that the space is ready for your guests.
Step one: Stock the bathroom with extra toilet paper, hand towels, soap, and either air fresheners or matches.
Step two: is having it clean before guests arrive and ensuring that your guests keep it as clean as they found it. If you’re a guest, it’s important to always remember this rule: keep the space as clean (or cleaner) than it was when you came in.
Men, this means checking the floor around the toilet and wiping up any mess. Men and women should check the seat and clean it if necessary. If needed, consider a courtesy flush, using the toilet brush or spraying some air freshener.
Step three: when you’re hosting is periodically checking the bathroom to make sure that everything still looks good.
After all, the “leave it as clean as you found it” rule only works if the restroom is clean when your guests come in. It’s not the most glamorous party responsibility, but it can save you a lot of heartache at the end of the night.
Proactively Avoid Clogs and Repiping
Repiping is a process where you replace all or some of the piping in your home or business. Over time, pipes wear down and might need to be replaced. Repiping is often necessary in older homes, where pipes are over 50 years old, if you have rust or minerals in your water, if you have multiple leaks or if you have low water pressure.
Pipes in certain areas of the house can also clog so badly that a repiping is necessary.
One way that you can avoid clogs and the need for repiping as a result of clogs is by not flushing anything besides toilet paper and human waste. There are a number of items that many people flush, thinking that they’re small and won’t be an issue.
You should never flush:
- sanitary products,
- dental floss,
- paper towels or
- hair down the toilet.
You can encourage guests to follow this rule by having an empty trash can easily accessible and by putting a reminder on the toilet. You obviously can’t be certain that they’ll comply, but making it easy for them to do so and giving them a reminder should go a long way towards protecting your pipes against serious clogs.
Have a Strategy to Deal with any Plumbing Emergency That Arises
Even with the best-laid plans, plumbing emergencies will arise from time to time. Make sure that you’re not caught off guard by a plumbing emergency by having a strategy in place to deal with it.
Included in this plan should be easy access to plungers, knowing where the water shut-off valve is and quick access to cleanup supplies. Plus, you should always have a contact for a professional plumber that you can call at any hour.
Hopefully, the above tips will help you avoid a plumbing emergency either in your bathroom, when you’re using a friend’s restroom or when you’re using a public toilet. Above all, follow good etiquette, #keepyouraim and call for help when you need it. For your next plumbing emergency, call Integrity Home Solutions at (813) 531-9480 . We’re available 24/7 with a professional ready to come and handle all of your plumbing needs.