Young children and plumbing often do not mix. They are too young to understand the consequences of many of their actions, and too curious not to be tempted by the unknown. This can lead to many a toy, article of clothing, or other household item being tossed into the toilet and flushed.
The worst part is, once you realize that your drain is clogged, you probably won't have a clue as to how it got that way and you will also have a mess on your hands. After you have called the plumber and cleaned up the mess, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to prevent this disaster from recurring. Luckily, there are some measures you can take to help avert disaster going forward.
Get a Toilet Seat Lock (And Use It)
Your best defense against children flushing unwanted items down the toilet is to get a toilet seat (or lid) lock. The lid locks are designed specifically to prevent children from lifting the toilet lid and tossing whatever they want into the toilet.
These devices can be a bit tricky to work with, but once you install it and get used to the extra step, it will be like second nature. Some have a lever you pull and others have several tabs to push to unlock them. Either way, they are often too complicated for a young child to open. At the very least, it will stall them enough for you to find out what they are up to.
Even though you may find the toilet seat lock to be an inconvenience, it is much better than constantly having to call the plumber to remove items from your toilet. The extra few seconds it takes to open the lid are well worth it.
Childproof the Bathroom Door
If you worry that merely locking the toilet lid won't be enough to prevent your children from causing mischief in the bathroom, then you may want to take the extra step of childproofing the door to your bathroom. After all, if your kids can't get in the room, then they can't cause trouble with the plumbing.
There are two easy ways to childproof your bathroom door. First, you could install a simple hook and eye lock on the door. Just make sure to install it high enough that your children cannot reach it to unlock the latch.
Otherwise, you can put a childproof door knob cover on the bathroom door knob. These require you to squeeze the cover and twist it to open the door.
By taking a few simple childproofing steps, you can keep your bathroom from becoming a flooded disaster once more. So stop calling a plumber like Davidson's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning every other day to clear out the action figures and socks flushed down your toilet, and get a couple of simple childproof locks.