Your toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your house and when it goes down, life can get very inconvenient very quickly. Of course, sometimes you’re not even sure if there’s a problem or what that problem is. Straight from the experts at Drainworks Plumbing and Heating in Philadelphia, here are a few toilet troubleshooting tips that may help you solve your porcelain problems, or at the very least, give you something to tell your plumber when you call.
Toilet Runs all the Time
Your toilet should only run for a minute or two after being flushed. If it runs for longer than that, not only is it wasting a tremendous amount of water, it’s also costing you money. The first step to fixing a running toilet is the simplest: jiggle the handle. A running toilet may simply mean the flapper valve did not seat properly after the last flush, so jiggling it will give it another chance to get situated correctly. If your toilet still runs after this, the flapper valve may be warped, damaged, or defective, which means it’s time to replace it.
There are lots of problems that can cause a weak flush. In some cases, the tank may not be filling completely. Once again, this could be the result of a faulty flapper valve, or the float may not be set correctly. Either way, it’s time to call a plumber. If everything seems to be ok with your tank water level, you may want to check the holes along the bowl rim; they can become clogged by lime buildup or debris, meaning they won’t be jetting water at full power. Lastly, your sluggish flush could be caused by a minor clog, so try the plunger or call your plumber to get it cleared up.
Toilet Does Not Flush Completely
Again, this situation could be associated with your tank’s fill level, so be sure to check everything mentioned in the previous entry. If that all checks out, there may be a major clog somewhere down the line from your toilet. If plunging, drain cleaner, and snaking don’t solve the problem, it’s best to call a plumber right away. It could be that the clog is localized within the toilet’s inner plumbing, or it could be somewhere else along your sewer line. Either way, it’s best to let the professionals handle this one to avoid damaging your toilet or sewer line, which can be a major headache to repair.
If you’ve got any of the toilet troubles listed above, Drainworks Plumbing and Heating can help! We’re one of Philadelphia’s most trusted plumbing services and we can get your toilet up and running again in no time. Not only can we repair any toilet problem you may have, we also specialize in drain cleaning so we can remove any nasty sewer line clogs that are preventing your fixtures from flushing freely. Give us a call today at (215) 333-8780 for a full evaluation of your toilet or for any other plumbing problems you may be experiencing. And remember, we provide emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week (that includes evenings, weekends, and holidays) so don’t be afraid to call us with your plumbing emergencies no matter what time of the day or year!