Most of us are content to let the inner working of our toilets remain a mystery; however, as your toilet is one of your most often used home fixtures, this repeated abuse may lead to the need for repairs. Don't let toilet issues continue to puzzle you. Learn how to identify common toilet problems so that you can determine whether DIY repairs can be performed, or if calling a professional plumber for toilet repair is necessary.
Problems your plumbing system may be experiencing:
- Toilet clogs and overflows
- A constantly running toilet that may spontaneously refill
- Poor flushing or no flush at all
- Leaks around your toilet
- A hissing sound or water trickling inside the toilet tank
In order to detect and troubleshoot issues with your toilet, it is best to get to know the parts of the toilet first. This animation shows the different components of, and the path of water through, a common household toilet. Use your mouse to interact and operate the toilet.
What might be going on with your plumbing system:
- Clogs and overflows
Clogs are a common toilet repair issue, which, after a flush, result in the dreaded overflow. Clogs can often be addressed with a plunger. If a plunger does not address your clog, call the plumbing professionals at Mr. Rooter to get your toilet back in working order.
- Toilet runs constantly or spontaneously refills
Toilets that run constantly or spontaneously flush can add up to a lot of money in wasted water, and typically indicate a worn or damaged flapper. Flappers are relatively simple to replace, and can be verified with a simple dye test.
- Poor flushing or no flush at all
A poor flush is usually the result of the holes under the rim of the bowl or the siphon jet becoming clogged. You may be able to loosen the debris with a wire coat hanger, using a small mirror to see under the rum. Be careful not to scratch the toilet bowl.
Leaks around the toilet may result from a leaky supply line, a cracked bowl or tank in need of replacement, or leaks from one of the five seals on your toilet. Identify the seals and see if their bolts and nuts can be tightened or if the seals will require replacement. You will find seals:
- Between the tank and the bowl
- At the mounting bolts at the base of the ballcock assembly (the water supply valve inside your toilet tank).
- On the plastic flange underneath the base of the toilet. Please note: If you discover a broken flange is the source of your leak, toilet repair performed by a professional plumber is recommended.
- Hissing or water trickling in the tank
Water trickling into the tank from the supply line may be a result of a stuck float, the refill tube being inserted too far into the overflow tube, or the need to replace the entire ballcock assembly (fill valve).
When to call a professional Mr. Rooter® plumber for toilet repair:
- Severe leaks and overflows with structure damaging potential.
- Raw sewage backups and overflows that could present a health hazard.
- Complete loss of water supply to your toilet that cannot be restored.
- You can't find the source of a leak or find a solution to your toilet issues.
Be prepared in case of an emergency:
Locate the shutoff valves throughout your home and familiarize yourself with the components of your plumbing they control, including the main water shutoff valve for your home. Familiarizing yourself with these valves can be the difference between mopping up a small leak or major water damage effecting the structure and contents of your home.
If you are having problems addressing toilet repair issues in your home, contact Mr. Rooter. Our licensed, professional plumbers can quickly and correctly address your home's toilet repair needs.