How To Avoid Toilet Troubles During Potty Training

Posted on: 3 October 2014

If you have a toddler, then you need to think about potty training soon. There are hundreds of tips and tricks you can find that can help you with the process, but some of these tips may be setting you up for a toilet disaster. Overflowing toilets and backed up septic systems require the assistance of an emergency plumbing service. In most cases, a plumber can fix your issue relatively quickly. If you want to avoid the trouble and the aggravation, then you should probably try to prevent toilet troubles before they start.

Have an Open Door Policy

Many parenting experts suggest sitting your child on the toilet several times a day when you start potty training. Some people even indicate that you should leave your child on the toilet for 15 or 20 minutes at a time until they go to the bathroom. This may get your child used to good potty behaviors, but your son or daughter might start experimenting with the toilet if you are not looking. This means that wadded up toilet paper and other objects from the bathroom can end up in the bowl. When your child flushes, then a clog is likely to occur.

A plunger may be able to dislodge soft objects, but this is unlikely if hard and solid objects are forced into the toilet. A plumber will need to remove your toilet when this is the case and retrieve the item from the toilet trap that sits close to the rubber seal. You can avoid this type of situation by keeping the bathroom door open at all times.

If your child is bored on the toilet, then consider providing books, large toys, and other play items for your child that will not fit in the toilet. Play a game with your child as well to keep them occupied. Sing songs with your son or daughter or think about adding a small basketball hoop to the bathroom wall. Encourage your child to throw the ball into the hoop while they use the potty.

Stay Away From the Cheerios

Some parents place cheerios in their toilets to help their children aim when they need to go to the bathroom. This can be very bad for both your toilet and your septic system. In fact, plumbers and other professionals indicate that the toilet is never an acceptable place for food items.  

You may let small bits of food move down your sink drain, but the toilet drain is much larger, and this allows big pieces of cereal and other foods to stick together and clog pipes further along in your drainage system. Even if food does not clog a pipe, it may compromise the way that bacteria decompose the fecal wastes in your septic tank. Your tank is likely to fill up faster and if you are not prepared for this, then the tank can overflow into your toilet.

Instead of placing floating pieces of cereal or other types of food in your toilet, consider adding stickers or decals to the toilet bowl. Look for varieties that are meant for the toilet, and ask your child to aim for the stickers or targets when they go to the bathroom so you can help them aim better.

Buy the Right Toilet Paper

It can take children quite some time to learn how to wipe. While your child is learning, he or she may use a great deal of toilet paper. Toilet paper can clog a toilet easily and the water in the bowl will quickly fill to the brim and overflow in your bathroom. You may think that thick, gentle, and double-ply paper varieties are best to help your child clean himself or herself. Toilet paper needs to be highly absorbent though, and soft varieties might not absorb wastes.  They also clog toilets and cost more.  

The best type of toilet paper is a one-ply variety that breaks up easily and absorbs a great deal of water. You can test out papers at home by buying three or four different types of toilet paper. Remove one or two squares from each roll and drip water on the pieces to see which one absorbs water the quickest. To see which type of paper breaks apart the easiest, place it in a jar filled with water. Test each paper separately and see which one breaks up as you shake the jar.

If you need to start toilet training your toddler, then you need to make sure that your toilet does not become damaged during the process. The tips outlined in this article can help you to keep clogs, overflows, and septic difficulties in check.