Constant use makes the toilet one of the items most likely to break down quickly in a household. However, there are a few common toilet problems that can be quickly fixed, and that you can often do on your own.
All homeowners should have a toilet plunger on hand for this very situation. Be sure you are using the correct plunger for your toilet. Toilet paper, waste and other debris can block the pipes and cause your toilet to overflow. Don't panic, the plunger is likely all you will need to solve this problem. It may take a few thrusts with the plunger, but it should cause enough pressure to loosen the blockage. If that doesn't work, use a plumber's snake to break up the clog or call a professional to assess the situation.
A running or leaking toilet can waste a lot of water and cause damage if the leak ends up on your floor. If the toilet is leaking internally, the fill tank is likely to blame. You can determine if this is problem by putting food coloring in the tank to see if it leaks into the bowl after a few minutes. If there's water on the floor around your toilet, it could be a result of condensation or a loose connection. After checking if all of your connections are tight, and they are, you may need to replace the washers. The leak may also come from deteriorated seals or a cracked toilet. You'll need to address this situation quickly and call a plumbing expert to prevent any long-term damage.
There are a number of toilet problems that you may experience, but they can be easy to fix. Call your local Bronx Roto-Rooter professional to address your plumbing needs.