The toilet is an essential part of your household and is probably the most important and notable part of your plumbing system. When the toilet malfunctions and needs professional repair, it is a large inconvenience that can disrupt your daily life. Look out for the following signs that will indicate you that your toilet needs immediate repairs.
Suction and Gurgling Noises
When you flush your toilet, play close attention and listen to any gurgling or suctioning noises from other bathroom fixtures, such as the sink or the shower. Blockage in the drain vents is the likeliest reason behind these noises. Sewer gases are unable to escape through vents, so the gases go through the other fixtures and create the noises. Make sure to investigate this sign, as it is a sign of drain blocks.
Bathroom clogging is normal, and you can fix it with the simple use of a plunger. If the clogging occurs more than once a week, however, your toilet might have an issue. A faulty part or a more severe blockage in your plumbing may be the cause. You will need professional help to repair this issue.
Do you need to flush multiple times to finish the job? Is your toilet barely capable of making a single flush? There is likely an issue with the mechanism that handles your flushing, and you are wasting water by letting it continue. Faulty flushing is also a sign of other toilet problems, such as clogged water jets and low water pressure. Again, this issue needs repair by a professional plumber.
Rusty Metal Parts
Take the time to check the toilet’s metal components. If you see rust or corrosion, it means that part has worn out and will need a replacement. Any corrosion, wear, or rust that spreads throughout multiple parts means that you should consider replacing the entire toilet.
Leaks are the most serious symptoms of a malfunctioning toilet and you need to act as soon as you see them. Leaks can create further issues, such as water waste, mold, and structural damage. If you see water forming around the toilet base, it’s the result of the broken seal that you can replace immediately. If something heavy falls on the toilet, check the bowl or look for any cracks in the porcelain.
About the Author: Vincent Sposari, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Everett
Vinnie has been a trusted plumber since 1989 and a Mr. Rooter owner since 1992. With over 31 years to back him, Vinnie has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, emergency plumbing, and more.