The coronavirus pandemic has turned many of our lives upside down, here in Shreveport, LA and beyond. Millions of Americans suddenly find themselves either having to work remotely, or are out of a job entirely. In either scenario, this means spending much more time at home, which can put much more stress than usual on your plumbing systems.
Plumbing companies are considered essential during the pandemic, so if you do find yourself dealing with an unexpected plumbing problem while staying at home, you will be able to get the assistance you need. But, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it is important that you take the proper precautions while stuck at home to ensure you do not put any unnecessary strain on your plumbing.
Here’s a quick overview of some plumbing tips in Shreveport, LA that will be of use to you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Only flush what you’re supposed to flush
Many people across the country have reported having a difficult time finding toilet paper at stores—it would seem that many people have been hoarding supplies of toilet paper more than almost any other product, for some reason. If you run out of toilet paper and are unable to find any at local stores, it can be difficult to find a good alternative. Your best bet is going to be facial tissue, so long as you use it in small amounts and flush frequently. But even facial tissue does not break down as well as toilet paper.
You should never, ever flush paper towels, napkins and wet wipes, as they do not dissolve like toilet paper and will almost certainly lead to a backup. Even wipes marked “flushable” should be treated as not being flushable.
Know how to clear minor toilet backups
It’s important to know how to clear minor toilet backups so you don’t have to call a plumber for every toilet clog. Turn off the water to prevent overflow, and push down the flapper inside the tank to prevent the bowl from filling any further. Lay rags or towels around the base to catch any spillover, and wash those towels in a separate load immediately afterwards. You can then pour hot water and dish soap into the toilet to help loosen the clog, then use a flange plunger with the cup placed around the drain hole. Press the cup against the bottom of the bowl, and move it up and down for 10 to 20 seconds. When you remove it, you should see the clog clear up.
Know how to tell if you have a leaking toilet
Do you hear your toilet constantly running? All the extra use of your toilet may result in some of the internal components wearing out in the tank. The constant running sound may be caused by a leak in the tank. To check and see if you have a leak, place a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and wait about 15 minutes. If the water in the bowl also changes color, that means you have a tank leak. A plumber can repair the problem for you.
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