At some point in time, you will have a problem with your toilet. Whether it’s a stopped up toilet, a toilet that doesn’t flush completely, one that fills slowly, or one that runs constantly. Here’s a list of fixes and troubleshooting items to help with a fix.
The Stopped Up Toilet
This is by far the most common problem. And the best way to solve it is by using a plunger. Set the rubber end on to the bottom of the bowl, creating a seal around the hole. Plunge in and pull back out several times, maintaining the seal. When you remove the plunger, the water should return to its normal level.
If plunging doesn’t work, it may be time to clear the blockage with a toilet auger. You can rent one, or trust your local plumber to help you quickly and efficiently.
The Toilet That Doesn’t Flush Completely
Many of the low flow toilets have actually led to flushing several times, or not keeping the bowl filled and operating properly.
Start by checking the entry, or filling holes located under the rim of the toilet. Make sure they remain clean and open. Also check the flapper and make sure it’s in good working condition. Adjust the chain if there is slack.
The Constantly Running Toilet
If the toilet is running constantly, it may be due to water running into the overflow tube. Try adjusting the ballcock or float cup, which has an adjustment clip that can be lowered. If its still running after adjustment, check the overflow tube, and verify the refill tube isn’t draining into it.
If all of this appears to be working, it may be a defective fill valve seal. Your local plumber can help you repair or replace the needed parts.
While some plumbing repairs can be weekend do-it-yourself projects, some things are far easier to have a professional plumber provide the service. They can save you unlimited trips to the hardware store looking for the right parts. They can be in and out in a short period of time, and provide the right service with the right parts. Quality First Plumbing & Heating will help you fix the problem the first time, every time.