Toilets Often Pose Plumbing Problems

Toilets Often Pose Plumbing Problems

Do you like your toilet? Is it reliable? Does it run if you don’t jiggle the flush handle? Does it clog often? Do you have a clear understanding of what the parts inside the tank actually do?

Clogs and Blockage

Sometimes toilets can suffer plumbing problems. Since they get used numerous times each day, problems can occur, often at unexpected times like the middle of the night. Things like toilet clogs and tank part problems are common. With the right tools and a bit of experience fixing toilets, you will be able to tackle even the most severe problem. If that seems distasteful to you, contact a Roto-Rooter technician. He or she will be delighted to assist!

Keep a Plunger Close

Many people keep a toilet plunger right next to the commode. Storing it there is not a bad idea and often comes in handy, as you can quickly grab it and put it into action during a crisis. Perhaps you have had an experience when you flush the toilet and the water slowly rises to the top of the bowl then spills out on the floor. This is enough to get your heart rate going out of control. If that plunger is right next to the toilet, you can grab it and start plunging before the flood!

Running Water

Sometimes, you may notice that your toilet just does not seem to ever stop running. This can affect your water bill. If you pull the lid off the toilet tank, you will notice a rubber stopper at the bottom of the tank. This is called the flapper valve. Check it to make sure there are no obstructions keeping it from completely covering the drain hole. It needs to form a seal over the hole so that the tank will fill. Otherwise, the water will continuously flow into your tank. If the flapper is damaged or isn’t soft and pliable, a new part can be purchased at your local hardware store for only a few dollars.

A Clean and Well-Maintained Toilet

Sometimes you may notice that your toilet does not flush as powerfully as it used to. If your commode is older and has seen much use, the first thing to check is the positive water supply hole located at the bottom of the toilet bowl. When you flush your toilet, you will notice water pouring out of this hole, which pushes the waste items down into the trap and out to the sewer system. Sometimes this hole becomes clogged with hard water calcium build-up. Take a straight brush (not a wire brush, which can scratch porcelain) and clean out any build-up. As soon as you finish, test the flush. You will be delighted with how well your toilet flushes now!

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