Toilet Plumbing Problems & Tips in San Diego County
Experiencing Toilet Plumbing Problems? We Fix That!
When it comes to any type of bathroom plumbing problem you can narrow it down to three fixtures within the bathroom and the toilet is the one that gets used the most. Usually the toilet is an ingenious device when it is working properly, yet it can stop flushing, become clogged or begin leaking from the tank or around the bottom. In this article we will address a few of the toilet plumbing problems that commonly happen in your home to help you understand what might be happening.
Slowing Draining Toilets or Complete Toilet Clogs? What Can Be Done?
A toilet that is moving slowly or has become clogged can be caused by several things including a toy that has been accidentally flushed down the toilet, feminine hygiene products, napkins, moist wipes, or too much toilet paper. You could have an outdated toilet that no matter what you do will never flush properly once it begins to fail. Perhaps it is none of these things and it may just be that you have never had your drains cleaned in the past.
Below are a few tips to help reduce clogged toilets in your home or business:
- Never flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper (paper towels, tobacco products, cotton swabs, diaper wipes, feminine products, toys, fish etc.)
- Pay attention to your toilet; a slow flushing toilet is a warning sign that trouble is brewing;
- Routine drain maintenance helps ensure your drains are free and clear of debris.
Toilet Won’t Flush, What Problem is The Toilet Experiencing?
Let’s face it, we have all had the precarious situation when flushing the toilet and nothing happens. Even worse, it always seems to happen when you are visiting at someone’s home. So what can keep a toilet from flushing and what can you do to get it to flush correctly again?
One of the most common reasons a toilet suddenly refuses to flush is because the lift chain breaks free from the handle. This chain connects to the flapper valve (the plug in the bottom of the toilet tank). If the chain breaks, it is impossible for the toilet to flush because when you push down the handle, there is nothing connected to lift the flapper.
Another common issue could be the manufacturing date of your toilet. First generation 1.6 gallon toilets manufactured between 1/1/94 – 6/1/97 could stop flushing for no apparent reason. Commonly these toilets stop filling properly or refuse to fill the bowl completely. If this is the issue you should contact your local plumber to have them install a new toilet and seals.
Leaking Toilets Can Drain Your Wallet, Fast!
Did you know a simple toilet leak from the flapper can waste up to 200 gallons a day? This type of leak is considered a “silent leak” because it isn’t as obvious as a broken pipe or seal which can leave a puddle of water on the floor. It is very important to stay vigilant in finding and repairing plumbing leaks as soon as they are discovered or by relying on a trusted plumbing specialist to perform routine diagnostic checks on your plumbing system.
Toilet tank leaks: The tank can leak where the supply line enters the tank, or where the bolts attach to the bowl. This will be obvious because the floor will be wet. If the flapper inside the tank fails to seat properly or is old and worn out it will not seal the water in the tank until a flush and the water will seep into the bowl.
Toilet bowl leaks: The toilet bowl can leak if it gets a cracked, or around the base. In either case, the floor will be wet. If the toilet is leaking from the base the closet bolts which hold the toilet to a flange located at the entrance to the drain can become rusted and break or the wax ring that seals the toilet to the drain pipe becomes hard and fails.
No matter what your toilet plumbing problem is (toilet leaks, clogs, repairs or new installation), no matter what time the problem needs to be addressed you can count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Diego County. We can come to your home or business 24/7 and completely diagnose the issue you are experiencing. Call today for a free no obligation estimate.