We can all agree that toilet problems are a nuisance.
In many cases, they are a minor nuisance that doesn’t require professional plumbing services or the help of an expert.
The toilet has many components, like the valves and the handle used for flushing. When these components fail to work, they can cause problems, some of which are easy to fix. The bulk of toilet issues originate in the tank, which is the upper part of the toilet that holds the water that’s released whenever you flush.
You may have experienced the following common issues and knew you did not need a plumber, but at the same time, didn’t know how to correct them yourself.
In this article, we’ll explain what they are and how to fix them. However, if you’re unable to complete the job on your own, our trained professionals will be happy to help.
Have you heard your toilet refilling as though it has been recently flushed, but no one is in the bathroom?
That’s known as the “phantom flush.”
A phantom flush is caused by a slow leak from the tank into the toilet bowl.
When this happens, simply drain both the tank and the bowl, then clean the flapper seat (aka, flush valve). The flapper seat is the plug that falls against the drain hole on the bottom of the tank and holds the water until your next flush. If it’s irreparably damaged, it should be replaced.
Loose Flush Handle
Another problem that doesn’t require professional plumbing services is a loose or disconnected flush handle. If your flush handle isn’t properly connected to the tank, you can reconnect the lift chain that connects the lift arm from the flapper. The lift arm is the component that connects the flush handle to the lift chain. This is a pretty easy fix and an easy part to replace in the event it’s more than just a loose chain or handle.
Bowl Empties Slowly
When your toilet bowl empties slowly, it is usually the result of a clogged flush hole under the rim of the bowl. It’s common for the flush hole to get clogged over time, and it simply needs to be cleaned. You can clean it by getting a coat hanger and sticking it into each flush hole to clear out the debris. While you’re clearing the flush hole of debris, make sure you do not scratch the bowl.
As you can see, many common toilet problems do not require professional plumbing services. But if you come across an issue you can’t solve, contact Gator Plumbing of South Florida for our toilet repair and installation services.
A clogged toilet is probably the most common toilet problem we all face. You have two ways of solving this. The first is to go inside the tank and slightly lift the flapper valve to allow water into the bowl. When you do this, you should see water leaving the tank. It’s a good idea to surround the base of the toilet with towels, as flushing a clogged toilet may flood your bathroom.
Another method you can try is taking a plunger to the toilet.
We recommend purchasing a specialized toilet plunger with an extension flange on the rubber end. This kind of plunger will unclog the toilet more effectively.
Plunge repeatedly until you clear the clog. If the clog is particularly stubborn, try to unclog it using a toilet snake.
Although you don’t need to contact our plumbing services for most clogs, we recommend hiring a professional plumber for draining cleaning.
Our professionals will resolve backups and prevent blocked pipes from resulting in costly repairs.
Toilet Problems that Require a Plumber
There are some issues that do require professional plumbing services. You can contact Gator Plumbing for our toilet repair and installation services when faced with these issues. The following are problems that you should not attempt to solve on your own.
- Cracks – Water leaks around the base of the toilet may be the cause of a crack in the bowl or tank.
- Sewage backups – Some overflowing toilets are not clogged, but instead, have sewage backup. This requires advanced tools and training to repair.
- Constant running – Toilets that constantly run should be quickly resolved, as it can cost you a tiny fortune. If you cannot spot the problem, contact a plumber.
Are you currently experiencing a serious problem? Contact our professional team at (954) 427-5882.