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Common Toilet Repair Problems

Posted on: October 29, 2018

There are a number of important plumbing fixtures in your home that demand fast attention when something goes wrong with them. The bathroom toilet is probably the most prominent—when a toilet won’t work, or is leaking or overflowing, it’s something you’ll want to have repaired immediately. Unless the issue is a simple one (and we’ll look at some examples), you’ll need to call a plumber in Chapel Hill, NC to repair it. A professional plumber, not just a “handyman” who has a few different sizes of plungers and a hand-cranked drain snake. You can’t afford to take chances with this vital part of your home’s plumbing, so only work with a licensed plumber.

The Most Common Toilet Repair Problems

Although occasionally weird issues arise with toilet plumbing (such as cement getting into the drain because of poor construction elsewhere in the house), the majority of toilet repair issues are one of the following:

  • Non-flushing toilet: You pull down the lever or push on the top button, but the toilet doesn’t flush. In most situations, the problem is a caught chain from the handle to the flapper, or a broken arm from the handle. Open up the tank to see what might be broken or loose. Call a plumber if you can’t figure out the problem.
  • Water leaking around the base: If water seems to be spreading from the base of the toilet, don’t hesitate calling a plumber! The water from the seepage can cause serious structural damage to the subfloor. There are a number of possible sources for these leaks, such as a decayed wax ring in the toilet base or loose gaskets allowing water to escape from the tank and onto the floor. A professional plumber can identify the issue and have it corrected.
  • Toilet won’t stop running: This is a problem people often ignore because they either don’t notice it or don’t think it’s a big deal. But if water from the tank is continually running down into the bowl, it’s a massive waste of water. This might be due to leaks, a decayed flapper, or a broken valve. Shut off the feedline to the toilet so it stops wasting water and contact a plumber to find out what’s wrong.
  • Overflowing toilet: This is the sort of toilet problem that can cause a panic when it happens. If your toilet overflows, shut off the valve on the feedline so you can stop the water. Call for a plumber and while you’re waiting, use towels to soak up the water and prevent water damage to the floor. You can also try using a toilet plunger if you think you have a clog, but don’t use any type of chemical cleaner if this solution doesn’t work.
  • Slow filling toilet: If the bowl isn’t filling up as fast as it should, first check the feedline valve to make sure it’s all the way open. The problem could also be clogs in the feed line or dirt in the valve.

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