Moms and dads have a lot to think about, especially at this time of year. Back to school has begun and new routines are in place after the chaos of summer, and before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. The last thing you have on you mind is plumbing, but, there are unique situations for parents and we thought we’d address those. And, because being a parent is hard work, we thought we’d make them extra fun so you can have a good laugh.
Despite what Finding Dory (or Nemo) has taught us, all drains don’t lead to the ocean. But, that doesn’t stop kids from flushing everything they want to “set free”. When a toy is flushed, it often doesn’t even make it to the main city sewer. Instead, it gets stuck in the toilet itself or the stub. This requires, in most cases, water to be shut off and the toilet to be removed so the toy can be fished out from wherever it is jammed.
In one odd case, a sewer camera was needed to discover a toy car wedged into a sewer line T, causing major back-ups- so don’t think a flushed toy is “no harm done”. It’s best to retrieve what you can and prevent it from happening again, or better yet, in the first place. For youngsters who haven’t yet learned that the toilet doesn’t require a sacrifice, install a toilet lock.
When it comes to kids, they seem to fall into one of two toilet paper camps: no toilet paper or too much toilet paper. Neither are pleasant, but for different reasons. We’ll let you deal with stinky underwear your way, but as far as too much toilet paper, show your kiddos how much is enough. You’ll know they use too much when you have regular issues with the toilet not flushing fully, or habitual use of a plunger.
Always have a plunger in the bathroom, and consider using a non-plush style toilet paper to help reduce clogs.
We know, if your teen listened to you ever, life would be better. However, we have another area of nagging to add to your list, which may finally earn you the Most Annoying Parent Award.
Let’s address daughters first: Tampons shouldn’t be flushed. Not just the applicators, but the cotton component as well. Used feminine products are not one of the most exciting topics, but here’s a script to make it easy: “Tampons and pads need to be wrapped in toilet paper or tissue and put in the trash can. If not, I will have the plumber, who comes to clear the sewer line full of tampons, present you with the bill. Capeesh?” (Ok, maybe that’s too gansta, but maybe it will work.)
Now, the sons: Shower curtains are designed to keep water IN the tub. When water gets out of the tub, it creates water damage. Stop it. If you get water on the floor, wipe it up, and while you are down there, wipe up the pee from around the toilet. Yes, seriously. And, if you are finding excess water and don’t know where it is coming from, you may have a leak, and that too causes water damage, and should get fixed ASAP.
As always, if you have any issues with your plumbing and Sunshine can help, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We hope we made you smile today!