The plumbing system in your home or office is very important and is the last thing you want to be getting repaired in the middle of the work day or weekend days off. The following preventative tasks will help keep the toilet and bathrooms in good condition.
Check That the Toilet Has Good Sealant
One of the biggest dangers of water damage in your bathroom is not necessarily from major floods, but minor leaks outside the base of the toilet. These leaks are often not seen right away until there is a ring of water damage or rot around the toilet base and on the tile floor.
Usually, there is sealant that protects the floor from water damage, which is placed around the rim of the toilet base. It is a good idea to check for this sealant on a regular basis to be sure it is intact. If the sealant looks cracked, worn, or missing in places, then you need to get it re-sealed. Otherwise, a very minor leak could become a major problem.
Perform Routine Maintenance
In addition to checking the sealant, you also should perform inspections and maintenance on your toilets routinely. This will help you to identify minor problems and get them fixed before you have a complete toilet replacement or plumbing disaster on your hands. You can either handle this yourself or hire a plumber to come in every few months and take a look at the toilet and plumbing system. You need someone to look for damage to the toilet tank and base, slow-running toilets, water leaks, and odd smells or sounds.
Be Careful What Goes Into the Toilet
If you have had clogging issues in the past, it may be due to flushing things they shouldn’t be flushed. It may seem like certain things can flush, but while they might go down, they cause plumbing issues further down. For example, sanitary napkins or paper towels shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.
You can’t always prevent damage from plumbing issues, but you can help cover the costs by having a good homeowners insurance policy.