Toilet Repair: Tips and Advice
Toilets are items that get used every day; they’re part of every person’s daily routine. Whether it’s a toilet in a residential property, in an office or a mall, it’s essential that they function efficiently. When they become broken due to plumbing issues, it can cause a lot of inconvenience to both homeowners and business owners. If you’re property ever suffers from a toilet problem, don’t neglect it, it needs repairing. The quicker that an issue can get sorted, the less damage it will cause and the less money it will cost you.
When it comes to plumbing issues, most should be carried out by a professional plumber. If undertaking a plumbing problem yourself, you do run the risk of making the problem worse if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, there are some simple repairs that most homeowners should be able to carry out on their own.
Below are some tips and advice for dealing with plumbing complications in your property:
Stubborn Recurring Clogs
Signs to look out for: When it comes to clogs in your toilet, one of the main tell-tale signs is if your flush is weak. A reduced flush indicates a partial or full clog.
If you have a toilet clog that just won’t budge, it can become a huge nuisance, but you’re not suffering alone. Toilet clogs are one of the most common problems that can surface. If your toilet is completely clogged, it will fill to the brim when you flush it and most likely overflow. If it’s only a partial clog, the water will fill the bowl more than usual, decrease slowly and waste won’t get removed.
DIY or Professional? When it comes to toilet clogs, you’re better off going to a professional unless you have experience with plumbing. If you were to cause more damage to the toilet while attempting to unclog it with a drain snake or plunger, it could end up costing hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Broken Toilet Handles
Signs to look out for: A handle that is loose or broken.
DIY or Professional? If you think of yourself as a bit of a handyman, then this repair is pretty straightforward and easy to complete. The handle can become stuck and seem broken when there’s a buildup of debris, so for the first step, you need to remove the toilet tank cover and give the mounting nut a clean. If the handle is loose, all you need to do is tighten up the nut by turning it clockwise.
The Phantom Flush
Signs to look out for: After you’ve flushed your toilet, you’ll hear the tank refilling. If you can hear the toilet refilling when no one has flushed it, you’ll know that there’s a problem.
When your toilet keeps refilling, it can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day; that’s not only a lot of water, but also a significant amount of money that gets added to your utility bills. Phantom flushes occur when water leaks out from your toilet’s tanks and is often caused by the flapper being damaged.
DIY or Professional? This repair can be solved DIY by draining the tank and the toilet bowl. You then want to check the flapper seat and replace the flapper if any damage is visible. If you don’t trust your plumbing skills, then get in touch with a professional.