One of the most used pieces of plumbing equipment, both in the home and work place, is a toilet. When a toilet breaks down, it can fully disrupt work and home life. With constant use a toilet can and will break down, and this is because there are moving parts in the unit. A flapper can lose its shapes, and if that happens it won't do its job properly. The same can happen to the flush valve or the float arm. These problems can cause your system to run improperly, but they are not hard to fix. Despite different types of toilets, all come with the same basic components. If you learn about these parts then you can help to keep your toilet running well, as well as preventing an emergency plumbing situation. If your toilet is overflowing onto the bathroom floor, you must first turn off the water to the toilet. This will prevent sever flooding.
Know what you can and cannot flush
Ideally, the only thing that should be flushed down a toilet is toilet paper. There are people who, for some reason, think that it is okay to flush other things down the toilet. People flush paper towels, sanitary napkins, makeup cloths, wipes, and thick tissues. People tend to get into these habits when they try it once and it works. If you try and flush paper towel, and it actually goes down, then understand that the paper is getting caught somewhere in your system. The paper sits there and begins a slow backup in your system. Just because it goes down once or a few times does not mean that you should be flushing it.
There is a way for you to test what can and cannot be flushed. Some products are sold with the word "flushable" on it, but that doesn't mean it is actually flushable. Get two small buckets and fill them with water. Put toilet paper in one and the other item being tested in the other. Swish the water around and then let them sit for several hours. If the paper in bucket two looks like the dissolved toilet paper then you know it is okay to flush. It is smart to do this test before flushing things down your system. Clogs that are caused by paper towels (and other thick papers) require a plumber to fix. Treat your toilet well and it will work well for you.