There are fewer scarier moments for a homeowner than when your toilet backs up. Not many people can focus under that kind of pressure, and if panic sets in, the situation could get worse. Before you call the plumber, even before the clogged toilet makes a mess, there are things you can do to stop it from happening.

The best thing you can do for your home’s plumbing is to maintain it properly. That includes regularly cleaning the toilet. Cleaning the toilet does not help you just become more hygienic, but it can also give you the chance to spot any leaks or problems with the plumbing. 

Look inside the tank when you clean, too. Check that all the components are in good shape and proper working order. Remove the lid and flush the toilet, then watch to be sure that the flapper is sealing correctly and that the valve stops the water at the right level.

Have a plunger on hand, always. A lot of new homeowners ask what is something that they should absolutely need when moving into a new place, and one of the most popular answers is the plunger. A lot of toilet clogs can be easy to remove with a plunger and removing the easy clogs quickly will stop them from becoming larger problems.

It should also go without saying that you should flush nothing down the toilet except for human waste and toilet paper. Larger objects, or those that cannot break down easily, will clog up the pipes.

Related to that last point, teach your children how to properly use the toilet. Toys or other objects that children try to flush down could cause some of those larger obstructions This can also help them learn how much toilet paper they should use, as too much can also create a clog.

Last, never hesitate to ask for help. With the right knowledge and routine maintenance, you can drastically lower the odds of a clog causing toilet troubles. But if you are unsure or concerned that something might be wrong, it is better to call a professional now than after the water rises back up.

If the status of your toilet or home plumbing worries you, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.