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No one particularly wants to think about their toilet, but can you imagine not having one? Toilets are a very important part of our homes, and while they are helpful in many ways, they can also use up quite a bit of water. Did you know that your toilet uses more water than anything else in your home? Toilets account for anywhere from twenty to thirty percent of a typical home’s overall water usage, and if there is a problem with your toilet, it could be costing you more than you think.
The following is a list of a few of the most common toilet issues our plumber runs into:
- Slow draining
- Overflowing bowls
- Running water
- Loose seats
- Vibrating tanks
There are many things that can go wrong with your toilet, and if you want to make sure that it gets fixed correctly the first time, you need to turn to the expert plumbers at Culler Plumbing Services. We are equipped to handle all of your plumbing needs, whether you need a simple toilet repair or you have to replace your toilet and its plumbing altogether.
In addition to toilet repairs and replacements, we can also install a new toilet for you when the times comes! Whether you are building a new bathroom or remodeling your existing one, our experts will install your new toilet for you without trouble. Your toilet is a big deal, don’t leave it to just anyone! We have over twenty years of experience in the plumbing industry, and we have what it takes to meet all of your needs. Contact us today to get started.
Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore In Your Toilet
For the most part, modern toilets are fairly low maintenance and require little extra care to maintain flow. However, from time to time, minor issues are bound to arise, and every so often bigger problems may become apparent. What is important to understand is that all toilet symptoms are warning signs that there is an issue with the proper functioning of your toilet, and these symptoms should not be ignored. Here are some common toilet symptoms, what they indicate, and what you should do about them to avoid damage or embarrassing backups.
A continuously flowing toilet indicates that there is some sort of problem either on the tank or in the toilet pipes. When you can hear water running, it should be noted that it is much more than an irritating noise, but means that there is a water leak somewhere. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the tank flopper not making proper connections, which essentially causes a continuous flush. While this isn’t necessarily harmful, it can waste hundreds of gallons each day. Over time, the continued flow may wear down toilet parts and reduce the effectiveness of the mechanical pieces.
Water leaks or pooling water around your toilet can be incredibly damaging and costly. Signs of a water leak include a continuous or low flow after flushing without an obvious cause in the tank, pooling water around the base, a musty smell in the bathroom, or a bowl that seems to run out of water. Any plumbing fixture that experiences a leak displaces water around it, causing water damage, which can extend far beyond what is obvious. Never ignore a toilet leak, even a minor one.
The only time your toilet should experience clogs or backups is in the event of too much toilet paper use or an abnormally large deposit of solid waste. These clogs should be fairly easy to break up with a round or two of plunging. However, if your toilet experiences frequent clogs or backups or clogs and backups without the introduction of solid waste, this indicates a problem within the toilet, the sewer lines, or your septic or sewer system. You should never ignore frequent clogs, nor should you attempt to relieve them with commercial drain cleaning products. Contact a local and experienced plumber at Culler Plumbing Services to inspect and repair your toilet problems.
Rules For Your Toilet
As we mentioned, toilets are fairly low maintenance, and, with the proper care, will continue to flow for years. To help promote the health of your toilet and residential plumbing system as a whole, remember these simple toilet rules.
- Only flush liquid or solid waste and toilet paper.
- Never flush wipes of any kind, paper towels, condoms, or feminine hygiene products.
- Never flush medications, chemicals, or foreign objects.
- Always ensure waste goes down at the time of deposit — plunge if necessary.
- Keep your toilet clean.
- Avoid putting anything in the tank or the bowl.
Following these rules can help you dramatically improve the performance of your toilet and significantly extend the life of your toilet. For more toilet care tips, check out our blog:
Toilet Tools All Homes Should Have
As we have reiterated a few times, toilets are fairly low maintenance, however, they are not without their flaws. You can save time, money, and avoid a call to your emergency plumber by keeping a few handy toilet tools on hand.
Plunger – We recommend having both a toilet plunger and a standard plunger for your sinks and tub. While you can make a standard plunger work for a toilet clog, the toilet plunger is much more efficient and better relieve toilet clogs.
Adjustable Pipe Wrench – Pipe wrenches are specially designed to grip pipes to allow for steady tightening. It is important to note, however, plumbing pipes should not be overtightened to avoid leaks and plumbing tape should be used on threaded pipes to help reduce the chance of leaks.
Plumbing Putty – Not only is plumbing putty useful for DIY plumbing projects but can also be used in a pinch when you notice a small leak. You should never delay contacting your plumber about your plumbing leak, but having plumbing putty on hand may mean the difference between emergency plumbing services and waiting until the next business day.
For all of your plumbing needs, no matter how big or small, contact the expert plumbing technicians at Culler Plumbing Services today!