It seems as if plungers have become a staple in most people’s bathrooms. Let’s face it, they’re UGLY! Why would anyone want this sitting in their bathroom? Now, I know it’s there for a purpose but let’s look at the real reason: a poor flushing toilet.
Throughout the years, toilets have made quite a few changes. From gravity flush to pressure assisted. From 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) to a 1 gpf. That’s right, one gallon! Let’s look at some factors that may be forcing you to decorate your bathroom with rubber and wood.
Most homes in and around Palm Beach Gardens are supplied with city water. This city water is considered ‘hard’ because of all of the dissolved minerals and microscopic rocks traveling with the water. These minerals solidify inside the bowl of your toilet eventually clogging the ports, restricting the flow of water and causing a weak flush. This problem is usually only found in older toilets around the 20 year or older range. You can try to clean the ports using a product like CLR and a wire hanger to clean out the ports to full size again.
“But my toilets not that old!” If that’s the case, then you may have a poorly designed toilet. There are so many factors when it comes to a flush that most people aren’t aware of. Like, the height of the water in the tank, whether most of the water is forced through the bottom jet or through the rim wash ports, if the majority of the liquid is flushed first then the solids or vise versa… I can go on and on but if you’re eating, well…, you’re probably not now. The point is, the art of the flush is more complicated than just sending water down the drain. If you think you have a poorly designed toilet, the only way to fix that is by replacing your toilet with a newer model. Give us a call and we can recommend a toilet for you.
One last possibility is the user. In some cases, our clients are on medications that make their stool hard. Check with your doctor to see if you can take a stool softener. This is the easiest way to see if this resolves the issue. As mentioned above, pressure assisted toilets are available and flush similar to those powerful flushing toilets you see in public restrooms. Esthetically designed for inside the home, these toilets look like your average toilet but have the power to flush just about anything you throw at it.
I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before people start bragging about their new designer plunger they have as if it’s a piece of art. We at Home Choice Plumbing would like to prevent that.