3 Bad Toilet DIY Myths Busted

Having properly running plumbing is a priority for any home or business. Sinks, showers, and your toilet – they’re all important for keeping you comfortable. Many homeowners try to do as much DIY as possible but know there’s a time when we need to call a pro. In this post, we’ll take a look at what not to do on your DIY projects, despite what you may have heard.


Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”? That may be a good description of those tablets for your toilet tank. Homeowners think they can just drop them in the back of the toilet and never have to clean the bowl. That’s not exactly the full story. The tablets are mainly made of bleach, which can lead to corrosion and other issues with your toilet. You’re better off cleaning occasionally than constantly relying on these.


Speaking of things not to put in the toilet tank, another common myth involves putting a brick in the tank. The idea is that the brick will take up space, and thus save water with every flush. The problem is that each flush is smaller, meaning you’re more likely to have to flush twice, meaning you’re using just as much, if not more, water than you would have been. What’s worse, if you leave the brick in the tank for too long it could dissolve and damage the inside of your tank.


Just because a product is advertised as “flushable” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to put it down the toilet. Toilets are designed to handle waste, toilet paper, and not much else. Some disinfectants or baby wipes may call themselves “flushable” but if you have another option for disposal, we would recommend it. Think about how toilet paper just falls apart in water. Since disinfectant wipes don’t do that (at least not easily) there’s always a risk of them clogging your pipes.


If you do get yourself into a bind, the experts at The Bosworth Company are ready to help with any of your plumbing needs. Our certified professionals have the tools and the products to keep your toilet running as it’s supposed to. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.