Roto-Rooter in San Mateo Gives Advice on Troubleshooting Toilet Leaks

Roto-Rooter in San Mateo Gives Advice on Troubleshooting Toilet Leaks

Leaky toilets are a common problem that Roto-Rooter in San Mateo is often called upon fix. If you have basic plumbing experience you might be able to troubleshoot and fix a problematic toilet yourself. The following information can help you troubleshoot problems and make minor repairs.

Common Causes of Toilet Leaks

The most common causes of a leaky toilet include the following:

  • A worn-out flapper that won't create a tight seal
  • Minerals that are built up on the flapper and prevent a tight seal
  • Minerals on the float and float valve that interfere with their function
  • A loose flapper chain that gets caught on the flushing assembly and won't let the flapper drop
  • Resting position for a float that is too high and won't trigger the water to shut off
  • A fill tube that is blocked

Troubleshoot the Problem

Before you begin the task of making repairs it is important to find out which of the above situations is causing the problem. The following process can help you troubleshoot your problems:

  1. Remove the lid from the tank.
  2. Flush the toilet a few times and watch what happens as the water empties and refills.
  3. Pay particular attention to the flapper, valves, float, and chain. Notice whether or not they are working properly.
  4. Check to see if the water turns off when the float has reached its proper position.
  5. When the water has stopped flowing, check to make sure the water level is set correctly.

Basic Solutions

Once you have identified the cause of the problem, you can fix it. Basic solutions include the following:

  • Wiping off minerals with a soft, clean rag
  • Replacing a bad flapper or flapper valve
  • Threading the chain through a small plastic straw to prevent it from catching on different parts
  • Adjusting the level of the float up or down

Know When to Call for Professional Help

When fixing plumbing problems yourself it is important to know when to call a plumber. This is especially true with leaky toilets. Toilets have many parts that are delicate and can break easily. Many individuals have found themselves in the middle of a huge problem they have created due to a lack of experience. When you begin to work on your toilet, know when to stop and call for help. In many instances it may cost less in the long run to call Roto-Rooter in the beginning to come and take care of your problem toilet.

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