Have you ever had a leaky toilet that would not stop running? Did you know that, depending on the type of toilet you have, that problem could waste up to 200 gallons of water per day?
A toilet leak is often caused by the rubber stopper becoming worn-out and not covering the tank’s flush port correctly. The water will continue to run through the port and down into your toilet bowl. Because the tank does not completely fill, the float will not completely rise and shut off the water supply. The water will continue to run until the problem is fixed.
Another cause of a toilet running incessantly is a faulty float valve. You will recognize the float as the ball-looking item attached to a rod which is attached to the float valve. Some units have a vertical float assembly that operates by a small cylindrical float rising to the top of a vertical shaft which activates the float valve and makes it shut off.
Either type, if your toilet is running, you must stop it. The first thing to do for your problem is call a Roto-Rooter technician. He will diagnose your toilet problem and decide if it is best to replace the float valve or rubber stopper, or repair the existing parts. Whatever he decides, you will know it is correct because you can trust his experience and knowledge.
Another leaky toilet problem is caused by improper mounting. This is uncommon but might occur if your bathroom floor is not level or is old. Water will accumulate at the base. If you are suffering from this problem, call a plumber as soon as possible. He will diagnose the situation and offer a detailed estimate on how much it will cost to fix or replace the existing toilet. He will also suggest solutions to supporting or replacing your flooring so that a new toilet will mount properly.
an>If you catch the problem early enough you may be able to get by using an auger from a plumbing company to clean out the line. All this does is cut off the root so that it is even with the side of the pipe. The root is still alive and will grow back. When the crack becomes too big or when the pipe breaks you will need to have the pipe replaced. Both trench digging and trenchless replacement can provide new pipes that are resistant to tree root infiltration.
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