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3 Plumbing Myths That Could Harm Your Toilet

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There are plenty of good tips for keeping your toilet in great shape. However, there are also plenty of myths and misconceptions that could eventually ruin your toilet. The following provides an in-depth look at three common plumbing myths that are actually harmful for your toilet, including ways you can avoid falling victim to them.

A Brick in the Toilet Tank Saves Water

The whole idea behind this is that the brick's surface area displaces the water inside the tank, which usually fills the tank until it reaches the high-water-level mark. With a brick positioned vertically inside the toilet just above the high water level mark, enough water is displaced so that the toilet is fooled into adding less water than usual to the toilet tank. The end result is that your toilet supposedly uses less water whenever it's flushed.

The reality is that putting a brick in your toilet tank doesn't save as much water as you think. In addition, the brick is also at risk of dissolving as it sits submerged inside the tank. Sooner or later, pieces of brick can break off and migrate into nearby flushing mechanisms.

A better way to conserve water is by reducing the amount of flushing you do in the first place. If you're committed to saving water and reducing your monthly water bill, you can swap your current toilet for a low-flow model specifically designed to reduce overall water consumption.

Bleach Toilet Bowl Tablets Won't Harm Your Toilet

On the contrary, toilet bowl tablets containing chlorine bleach and bleach alternatives can easily do a number on your toilet bowl in the long run. The combination of chlorine bleach and other caustic chemicals can slowly damage and eventually destroy the various gaskets, seals, and fittings inside your toilet tank. To make matters worse, using toilet bowl tablets can actually void the warranty on most toilets.

If you really want to get your toilet bowl sparkling, you'll have to put in a little elbow grease. Manual cleaning is the best and sometimes only way to safely clean your toilet bowl without worrying about the long-term damage that toilet bowl tablets are capable of.

Flushable Wipes Are Actually Flushable

Just because they say "flushable" on the box doesn't mean those flushable wipes are actually safe for your toilet. Unlike regular toilet paper, most flushable wipes are not able to dissolve or biodegrade as quickly. Sending a few flushable wipes down your toilet could actually cause tough clogs that can only be broken up with a plumbing snake.

Instead of actually trying to flush those so-called flushable wipes, you're better off simply tossing them in the garbage. If you need to do anything that requires sending it down the toilet drain, you're better off using ordinary toilet paper for the job.

For additional tips and info, contact a plumbing service like Carolina Pipe Pros.