We Install & Repair Toilets
Many of us don’t think about the importance of toilets in our homes and businesses until they start malfunctioning. A clogged toilet can turn into an overflowing toilet that requires thorough clean up measures to prevent potential water damage. Sometimes these issues can be easily remedied, but they could also be a sign of something deeper that may require the help of a professional plumbing company. At Reliant Plumbing, we are highly trained and ready to help with all types of plumbing issues, large or small. We see many toilet problems in the field that affect toilets and how they can be resolved.
What's wrong with your toilet?
A good quality toilet can last for years, but smaller issues tend to show up as the toilet ages. There’s nothing more annoying than the constant sound of running water after you flush and it’s bad for your wallet. According to The Water Scrouge, a running toilet can waste about 30 gallons of water per day! Learn more about some of our most common toilet issues and how to fix them. If you’re a handy DIY-er, you’ll be able to fix many of these problems on your own. Feeling in over your head? Call a professional plumbing company like Reliant Plumbing.
Toilet Running or Flushing on its Own
If your toilet is running constantly, most likely there’s an issue with the tank. You’ll want to open up the tank and check the flush valve area to see if the flapper, connected by a chain, is fully sealing the opening or if there’s a gap in the flapper. A gap in the flap will allow extra water to seep into the toilet bowl, which will cause the toilet to run constantly to keep the tank filled with water. In this case, the flapper can be replaced in order to create a tight seal. If you replace the flapper and still experience consistent running water, the flush valve will need replacement along with the tank-to-bowl gasket. To verify that your flush valve or tank to bowl gasket is leaking, administer food dye into the tank, wait 10 – 20 minutes, and then check for colored food dye seepage.
Toilet Leaking Around the Base or From the Tank
One of the most common problems with a toilet is where it meets the floor. There should be mounting bolts present that must be kept tight to hold the base in place. If the bolts are loose and the leak is still present with tightening, it may be necessary to check the bolts for damage, as well as the toilet anchor flange and plastic or wax ring that seals and connects the toilet to the waste pipe. Lastly, you may also need to check the toilet base for any cracks, which may require replacement of the toilet bowl or the entire toilet itself. If the leak is coming from the upper tank portion of the toilet, the tank may be cracked or a gasket seal has gone bad.
Toilet Won't Flush
There are a few common reasons why your toilet may not flush. If there is an obvious clog, you’ll need to shut off your toilets water supply. Then try to use a toilet plunger to pump water in and try to clear the obstruction. Once the clog passes you can turn the water supply back on and flush several times to ensure you have cleared the blockage in the line. If a clog isn’t the issue, it’s likely the handle or chain inside the tank is loose and needs to be tightened or loosened so that it’ll pull down and raise back up without difficulty.
Toilet Won't Fill with Water
If your tank won’t fill up with water, there may be a few different reasons. An easy test is to check to make sure the water supply valve is completely open to let the necessary amount of water through the supply line. If the valve is fully open and there’s still a lack of water flow, there may be an issue with your supply line. This is something that can be checked by the level of water pressure, and likely requires the help of a plumbing company such as Reliant Plumbing who can dig deeper to find the appropriate solution. One common remedy could be replacing the fill valve which controls the toilet’s water supply. Here is a video explaining how you can replace the fill valve yourself:
Toilet is Clogged and Smells Like Sewage
Rotten smell that won’t go away, you may have a sewer gas problem that’s coming from your toilet. If the wax ring is broken at the base of the toilet, this may cause the bowl to not fill properly after each flush. If there isn’t sufficient water, there may be a leak in the seal, letting sewer gas seep into your bathroom. Sewer gases can be hazardous, so it is best to reach out to a professional plumbing expert at Reliant Plumbing who can pinpoint the cause of the issue. If you feel comfortable replacing the seal, take a look at this video for helpful tips.
Learn More About Toilets
Whether you’re in Austin, San Antonio, Westlake, or Round Rock, our expert plumbers at Reliant Plumbing are here to help. We’ve put together some resources that will help you with your toilets at home plus other plumbing maintenance guides. At Reliant Plumbing, we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to help you with your toilets, give us a call today!
Toilet Shopping Guide: How To Choose the Right Toilet For Your Home
5 Tips for Good Toilet Maintenance
Things to Consider When Installing a New Toilet
Where is My Toilet Shut-off Valve?
Is it Flushable?
Sewer Maintenance and Repair Tips
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