We count on our toilets to work every day, and you probably don’t give them much thought until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, the parts inside the toilet tank will eventually fail and need your attention. However, there are warning signs that allow you to catch some toilet problems early before they become expensive toilet repairs. Following are five signs to watch for.
- Constantly Running Toilet
A toilet that is constantly running usually has a worn out or damaged flapper, or a float that isn’t correctly adjusted. These types of problems are fairly simple repairs that you can do yourself.
- Clogged/Overflowing Toilet
In most cases, toilet drain problems and a clogged toilet can be fixed using a good plunger, although that depends on the cause of the clog. One of the best plungers to use is a funnel-cup plunger.
A toilet leak may or may not be detectable. If you notice movement in the toilet, though, you could have a leak that is on the subfloor level. This is a problem you’ll want to address sooner rather than later. If this kind of leak persists for a long time, the subfloor can start to rot, eventually requiring an expensive repair.
- Unstable Toilet
If your toilet starts to wobble when you sit on it and tightening the bolts doesn’t seem to fix the problem, you may need a new toilet. At this point calling a plumber is probably the best thing you can do because if it has something to do with the flooring underneath the toilet, it’s going to require a more extensive repair.
- Toilet Won’t Flush
If the toilet doesn’t flush, it could be an easy DIY toilet repair that just requires replacing the handle. Take the top off the toilet tank and look inside to see what happens when you try to flush. It could be as simple as the chain coming loose. You can buy the replacement flush valve and flapper repair kits online or at your local home improvement store.
It’s fairly easy to keep the toilet drain working properly. The most important thing to remember when it comes to keeping the drain “clog-free” is to only flush dissolvable paper products.
When to Call a Plumber for Toilet Repair
As a homeowner, it’s important to inspect the toilet on a regular basis and if you find a toilet repair problem you can’t handle, contact a reputable plumber for either a repair or replacement. What a lot of people don’t realize is that replacing an old, worn-out toilet can help reduce wastewater and prevent the costs of having frequent toilet repairs done down the road.
If you’re in the Phoenix or the surrounding area and you need a toilet repair today, call us now.