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5 Common Bad Toilet Habits You May Not Realize You’re Guilty Of


Have you ever believed something was true, for no reason other than the fact that someone said it once and you have just always believed it? We all have. We believe things about dieting, world events, even our neighbors and colleagues.

One area that is full of fact-less misconceptions is toilet plumbing. Since we keep believing toilet myths without any hard facts, we can become guilty of some pretty bad toilet habits.

Minnesota Plumbing & Heating is here to help you break some of your bad habits with some great toilet tips. Read on to find out more about what toilet habits you may be guilty of, why they are dangerous, and what your bad habits could end up costing you.

Beware of Bad Toilet Piping & These Other Habits

In no particular order, these are the top 5 common toilet habits most people are guilty of, without even realizing it:

  1. toiletpipesBad piping underneath your toilet. You may not even know that your toilet and the pipes that connect it to the rest of your plumbing system were poorly installed, but this is a serious issue that can cause a catastrophic mess at any moment!
  2. Using liquid drain cleaners to unclog your toilet, rather than a traditional plunger. Liquid cleaners are known to cause more harm than good to pipes, but somehow the misconception that they can clear your drains lives on.
  3. Treating your toilet like a garbage can. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a great idea to flush all manner of things, including hair, feminine products, grease, or anything else down the toilet. The only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper.
  4. Flushing too much waste or toilet paper at once. Despite what any environmental activist friend of yours might have told you, it is okay to flush more than once. Trying to squeeze too much down your toilet's drain at once can cause your toilet to clog or even back up.
  5. Ignoring seemingly minor issues like a leaking or running toilet. It goes without saying that in most cases, ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away; it usually makes it worse.

What Kind of Toilet Damage Can Bad Habits Cause?

damageAny of the above-listed habits can severely damage not just your toilet, but your piping system in general.

The harsh chemicals in some liquid cleaners can eat away at your pipes, and major clogs can cause a build-up of pressure in your pipes that can eventually cause them to burst.

Think of The Potential Repair Costs

If you do end up seeing damage as a result of your bad toilet habits, the costs to repair that damage can vary drastically based on the severity of the damage.

Unclogging a major blockage, for example, can cost as little as $85, whereas replacing a section of pipe that was damaged can cost up to $600 or more.

Implementing good toilet habits is just as important as avoiding bad ones, so make sure to continue to research more ways to take care of your toilet piping!

If you encounter any serious plumbing issues need resolving, call the professionals at Minnesota Plumbing & Heating at (952) 445-4444 for service all across Bloomington.