Most of us have been impacted in different ways due to the recent pandemic. Whether you are an essential business that needs to stay open or are an essential employee, many people out there are being advised to stay home. Thankfully, many responsible citizens are taking the advice to stay home, a process known as social distancing. Even though this is important and quite literally life-saving advice, having everyone in your family home all day now can have some unintended consequences on your residential plumbing, including some of the following:
- Toys in pipes. With more children at home and unable to play with their friends, these kids are looking for ways to entertain themselves. This is even more prevalent at a time when many parents, left without their usual childcare due to responsible distancing, are finding that their kids are using this opportunity to get into mischief! Childproof locks on the toilets are a smart solution to this issue.
- System overuse. With people stuck at home, many toilets are becoming used more than usual in certain areas– especially if you have a large family. Talking to your family members about what can be flushed (waste and toilet paper only) and how to conserve toilet paper will be helpful.
- Clogs from toilet paper substitutes. Toilet paper shortages are rampant all across the country, which has been leading to some “creative” solutions. Things like t-shirt scraps, tissues, paper towels and wet wipes will clog your toilet and even the line that leads to the sewer.
We here at Wake Forest Plumbing Company appreciate people being responsible and staying home at this time. If you have a plumbing problem, we are here for you. Call us if you’re in a bind!