While we’re on the subject of toilets, we thought we’d address some common problems people encounter with them and how your plumber in Sacramento at Express would go about repairing the issue.
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Helpful Hint: First, see if you have an older model toilet or a newer one. See if you can identify the brand. Then try to find a manual or assembly diagram online.
Repairing The 5 Most Common Toilet Troubles
- Overflowing Toilets - We know that sinking you feeling you get when the water in your bowl starts to rise. First, turn the water supply off to your toilet (behind the bowl – you’ll see the copper tubing). If you suspect that the toilet is clogged, don't flush it. If the pipe is clogged, the new flood of water will just cause the toilet to overflow. Quickly remove the top of the tank. You’ll see the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Push down on the flapper. You might be able to stop any more water from releasing into the bowl. When the water is shut off, you can try plunging or snaking to clear a clog. If plunging doesn’t work, try dropping some Dawn or other dish soap into the bowl. Let it sit for a while. It might help break up the clog. Repeat plunging. If that doesn’t work, it could mean something more serious that requires video inspection. Call your Express Sacramento plumber for sound advice.
- Running tank – Running tanks aren’t only annoying, they waste water and cost you more money than you might realize. Replacing the flapper is one solution. To test it out, push down on the flapper with a stick when you hear the water running and listen for it to stop. If it stops, you know the flapper isn’t sealing properly. Replace it. Check the fill tube length and cut it back so it's at least 1/2-in. above the water line. Sacramento Plumber Tip: Flappers are super easy to replace, and most assemblies come with clear instructions.
- Bad water supply valve (fill valve) – Because of age or wear, sometimes your water supply valve will go bad. Sometimes sand or grit can cause the water inside the tank to keep running. Water supply valves are cheap (less than $10, usually). First, shut off the water supply. Use a sponge or rag to mop up the remainder of the water inside the tank. The directions are simple. Put in the new valve, attach the water supply to the valve, and turn on the water. Check for leaks.
- Partial flush - The flapper valve may be saturated and dropping too quickly. Inspect the flapper valve during a flush. It should stay up until about 80 percent or more of the water has drained from the tank. If it drops sooner, install a new flapper.
- Slow or sluggish flush – This might mean several things. The toilet could have a partial clog or the obstruction could be further down in your pipes. Fill a 5 gallon bucket of water and dump it into the toilet as fast as possible with minimum splashing. If the flush is more vigorous, then it is probably not a clog. If water backs up into the bowl and drains slowly, it is a clog. In the case of the latter, call you Express Sacramento plumber. We’re fast. We’re affordable and we get the job done right the first time.
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Topics: Home Plumbing Tips