October is traditionally known for the first day of fall and Halloween, but a local plumber, Jason Palmer, is on a quest to create more awareness of one of the most often used and disregarded fixtures in the home, the toilet!
“Only when something goes wrong, does the toilet get the attention it deserves, but by then it’s for all the wrong reasons,” says Palmer, Master Plumber and Owner of Palmer’s Plumbing, LLC. “There are very few things that can ruin a family gathering or holiday celebration faster than a flooded bathroom or clogged toilet.”
In addition to minimizing potential emergencies, regular toilet maintenance can help conserve water and significantly reduce your water bill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/or inefficiency.
A leaking toilet can use up to 73,000 gallons of water a year or the equivalent of enough water to fill up two average-size backyard swimming pools says the Maryland Department of the Environment.
To help keep your toilet in pristine working condition, Palmer recommends the following:
- Avoid drop-in-the-bowl cleaning tablets. They can clog the jets, corrode the metals and wear out the rubber gaskets more quickly.
- Avoid using too many over-the-counter liquid drain clearing products. Most of the time these products don’t work and can even cause more trouble in the long run.
- Check your toilet for silent leaks by placing a few drops of dark food coloring in the tank and wait 15 minutes. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may need to replace the flapper at the bottom of the tank. You can often prevent leaks by replacing the flapper and fill valves every few years.
To celebrate National Toilet Repair Month, Palmer’s Plumbing is offering $20 off all service and repair projects scheduled during the month of October. They can be reached at 410-827-4546 or online at www.palmersplumbing.com