If your little children are anything like mine, they desperately love to explore in nearly every room in the house, and that certainly includes the bathroom. The bathroom tends to be the favored room of choice for little ones simply because there exists the intriguing toilet for kids to flush for hours and the toilet bowl water to splash in day after day. Little kids love to watch the water circle round and round and eventually spin right down the toilet, out of sight, only to return again. Surely, these innocent moments in time can lead to plumbing problems of all kinds.
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we understand full well that the toilet in your home can also be the perfect play area for your little ones and their favorite toys. Surely, the most puzzling thought in your little one’s head is apt to be ‘how does that water spin and where does it go.? With that said, knowing what to do when your little ones cause plumbing problems is a surefire way of making these little life challenges a whole lot easier.
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- Foreign toys and objects – Children are entirely unaware that toilets are meant to handle water, waste and toilet paper alone. Anything other than these three common items is sure to result in a short- or long-term problem making blockage. When a typical blockage occurs, often times a simple plunger can present a solution. However, if a small enough sized toy has been dropped into the toilet and flushed, there is a high chance that is may have found its way into the plumbing pipe system. When this happens, be sure to avoid trying to retrieve the toy with a snake or other device, but rather reach out to the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing. Whether we can easily retrieve the object for you with little to no plumbing issues, or there is a need to completely remove the toilet and ultimately replace the seals, bolts and other parts, we are the team for you.
- Close the Toilet Lid – One sure way of keeping your little one from tossing their toys in the toilet is to simply keep the lid closed. Though the solution appears simple, there are some children who will just keep on keeping on until they figure out how to lift the lid again. If such is the case in your home, then your next step would be to invest in a child proof toilet seat latch. This simple device is a plastic clip that is very easy to attach to the toilet and very inexpensive. It comes equipped with a simple release that is also child proof and ensures that the toilet seat cover remains closed at all times until you, the adult, chooses to open it. This will typically minimize your toddler’s interest in the bathroom when they can no longer watch the water spin and disappear or watch their tiny toys disappear from view.
- Teach your Child Important Toilet Rules – The most practical solution to this innocent problem is to simply teach your little one the hows and whys of flushing the toilet when you begin to potty train them. Over time, you will find that they will eventually understand the concept and find themselves something more intriguing than that of a simple flush of the toilet.
As a bit of an afterthought, though we want to ensure that children do not cause unnecessary plumbing problems in your home, we also want to remind adults that your toilet is not the proper place to discard hygiene products, hair or a number of other items as well.
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We hope you found this article helpful, but want to remind all our valued clients that if you find yourself faced with any number of various plumbing problems be sure to reach out to the dedicated team of plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all-around plumbing products and services this side of the state!