WHAT CAUSES A TOILET TO NEED REPAIR?
Your toilet is easily one of the most frequently used appliances in your home, particularly in single bathroom households. Several moving parts come into play every time you flush your toilet, and each of those parts are susceptible to wear not only from physical motion but from natural and man-made contaminants in your water.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT I NEED A TOILET REPAIR IN HOUSTON?
One of the first tell-tale signs of impending toilet troubles is a ‘hissing’ sound coming from your toilet tank. This sound can be constant or intermittent and is usually caused by the flapper between the tank and the bowl. The flapper is usually made of a hard rubber or plastic material and generally last about five years.
An easy way to check if the flapper is the cause of your hissing toilet is to place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the colored water gets into the bowl without flushing the toilet, you have a faulty flapper!
The other culprit that could be causing that hissing sound is the flush valve, which is the large upright cylindrical unit, usually to the left side of the tank. Usually made of plastic, these valves are quickly broken down by the contaminants in water which causes them to leak. Some models can be repaired by replacing a single seal; however, most will require the entire valve assembly to be replaced.
If you use any toilet cleaning additive in the tank of your toilet, you can expect to have issues with leaking within one or two years. The chemical compounds in all chemical based toilet cleaners will break down most materials, but rubber and plastic are far more susceptible to these chemicals.
If you notice the smell of rotten eggs around your toilet or your toilet is rocking, you could have a broken flange. The flange is a metal or plastic disc that attaches to the sewer pipe and your toilet to keep them locked together. A broken flange is a serious plumbing issue, as it can render your toilet unusable, but a broken flange will also allow water to leak, creating water damage beneath your bathroom floor.
Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services licensed and professional plumbing technicians have been performing all forms of toilet repair in Houston since 1979. Call us today for a free estimate or a free second opinion regarding your toilet repair issue, or any other concern you may have about your plumbing.