The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a toilet malfunction, but the good news is aside from catastrophic issues, most are easily solved. We’ve put together a list of the most common toilet problems and their solutions to help you flush your troubles away.
Clogs are without a doubt one of the most common toilet problems homeowners run into. If the clog is the result of flushing a flushable item that is too large, the solution is simple. All you need to do is get a quality plunger and get to work. On the other hand, if the clog is due to a non-flushable item, you don’t want to plunge it because it will only push the clog further into the pipes, which can create big problems. You should avoid flushing baby wipes, paper towels, grease, and any solid objects other than fecal matter, but if you do and a clog occurs, you may need to use a drain snake. If you don’t know how to use one or you’re unable to remove the obstruction, contact your local plumbing specialist for assistance.
Low Water Level
If your toilet bowl isn’t filling up or the water level is low, and there’s no obstructions, it could be due to one of four problems, including:
- A cracked toilet bowl
- A damaged fill tube
- A faulty vent
- A damaged fill valve
Unfortunately, although these are common toilet problems, unless you have an extensive knowledge of plumbing, it’s best to contact a plumbing specialist to come and assess the issue and repair it.
Leaks are one of the most common toilet problems, and oftentimes, they go unrepaired because they are minor or aren’t causing any external issues. The reality is even minor toilet leaks can cost you a lot of money on your monthly bills due to wasted water. These leaks are usually caused by a poor seal on the flapper valve and can be easily remedied by replacing your current flapper with one that fits better. If the flapper is sealing correctly, the problem could be a cracked valve or failed gasket, in which case, you’ll want to contact a plumbing specialist.
Rocking & Wobbling
Over time the bolts connecting your toilet to the ground can become loose due to the force of people sitting and standing up. This problem can be easily fixed by tightening the flange nuts, but it shouldn’t be ignored because if the rocking becomes extreme enough, it could lead to leaks, flooding, or pipes being disconnected.
Having toilet troubles? Fahrhall Plumbing has the solution!
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