Leaking, Clogged or Running Toilet Repair in Houston
Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning team of professional plumbers in Houston are experts in repairing running, leaking and clogged toilets. Many times this type of plumbing issue can be very difficult so make sure you hire a plumbing company that has experience. Whether it’s a Leaking Toilet you have a problem with or a Running Toilet our plumbers can help. Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided quality Toilet Repairs in Houston for almost 40 years and are proud of our excellent reviews. Call us today to schedule your toilet repair service.
Why is the toilet so important?
Aside from the obvious convenience, the modern toilet is also a lifesaver. There are more than fifty diseases that are spread via human waste; that are almost entirely non-existent today, thanks to our modern indoor plumbing processes. Dysentery, cholera, hepatitis, polio and typhoid were all epidemics at one time or another throughout history, all rendered nearly extinct by indoor plumbing. Right now, one-third of the world’s population does not have access to indoor plumbing, and those diseases I mentioned are running rampant in those areas.
To maintain this delicate eco-balance in your own home, it is essential to keep your toilets clean and in proper working order. With every flush, your toilet’s handle, flapper, and fill valves are put to work; and don’t forget, these parts are immersed in nature’s most effective solvent, water, twenty-four hours a day. If you’re currently using a tank cleaner tablet or liquid in your toilet, stop doing that. The use of these often corrosive, but always damaging, chemicals will cut the life of your toilet’s components in half. I’d say from about five years down to about two years if you’re lucky, and that’s in a situation without hard 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.
Toilet Running, Leaking or Clogged?
You can bet a toilet clogged up after a flush can potentially be a big problem and a homeowners’ worst fear. Where do you even begin to start fixing a toilet clog if you are even able to fix it yourself? There’s never a good time for a toilet to stop working. However, clogged toilet repair is just one of the jobs we get called to do every day. Toilets are integral to keeping your household running smoothly. Whether you have a toilet clogged, a toilet that keeps running, or if your toilet is leaking… Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Services has a solution for you.
Clogged Toilet Repairs
Common Reasons Your Toilet is Clogged
You never know when your toilet will get clogged. Most of the time, it is very difficult to determine what is clogged because you can’t see it. There can be several reasons why it could be clogged such as:
- Children flushing toys
- Too much paper
- Feminine products
- Roots growing into pipe
- Air vents are clogged
Water on the Floor Around Your Toilet Indicates a Leak
However if your toilet is leaking at the floor, has recurring clogs or has a crack in the porcelain, the toilet may need to be replaced. A leaky toilet can cause water damage to your home and you need a plumbing expert to fix it. There are 5 seals with the potential to leak in the average toilet. Thousands of gallons of water can be wasted every year from a leaky toilet. Let us help you get your toilet back in working order. If you are in the market for a new toilet check out a few of our most popular models below or call us for a complete inventory of toilets.
First, Don’t Panic When Your Toilet is Clogged!
It is easy to panic but taking a methodical approach can help you handle this plumbing problem. Address the most critical problem first! If water is starting to overflow the bowl act quickly! Take the lid off the toilet tank and set it gently on the side. Reach inside and press down on the toilet flapper valve. This will stop water from entering the bowl. Next, stop the tank from filling by lift the float and the water in the bowl should drop down slowly. Once you observe the toilet bowl water level at a normal pace, you may go ahead and drop the float. The water in the toilet should be fine now, but if you are still experiencing a toilet clogged with debris, please do not hesitate to give us a call for help.
Common Solutions for Handling a Toilet that’s Clogged
The flush doesn’t sound right and you get that sinking feeling. You turn and see the water is just not going down or the water is all gone and not refilling. Worse, there is a clump of toilet paper. It can be very annoying to deal with a clogged toilet. Somehow it seems to happen exactly when you are expecting company.
To begin with, here is what you DO NOT want to do. The toilet won’t magically repair itself so don’t keep flushing!!!! You’ll only add more water to the bowl and risk making the situation far worse because of spillage of unsanitary water. In some cases that water will slowly drain back out, however when it doesn’t your repair job will be that trickier not to become very distastefully messy.
Stop when you see the toilet is clogged and first put on rubber gloves. Lay down on the floow some old newspaper or rags or towels you are willing to part with. If the toilet overflows, you definitely don’t want the spillage to spread quickly across your bare floor and worse leak outside the bathroom tile to carpet or wood floors.
The second step is to grab a bucket of cold water and pour it down the drain. Stand up tall to pour it from your chest level so the cold water has some force behind it. Definitely you want to keep checking so as not to pour too fast if the water is not helping push out the clog. Don’t continue pouring if you reach halfway up the bowl just in case you must use a plunger. Using a plunger withthe bowl over half full will pretty much guarantee you will splash the contents everywhere.
If the bucket trick doesn’t work, it’s time to turn off the water supply to the toilet and grab your plunger. For the plunger to work effectively, it needs to be underwater. Add some cold water if there is not enough so that the plunger is submerged. Making sure the plunger covers the hole properly to get a seal you can try a gentler technique that is less likely to splatter. Very slowly press down the plunger and then forcibly pull up to create a suction force. Repeating this several times is often sufficient to dislodge the clog and cause the toilet to flush. If not then you can try a rapid pumping of the plunger back and forth. Finally, if that’s still not working you can give it a few firm fast downward pumps though this is more likely to generate some splatter so be careful. Often one of these plunger tricks will work right away and the water in the bowel will flush out.
If after all this, you still have a clog, sometimes a combination plan is necessary. Fill the bucket with some hot water and dump that into the bowl. Don’t use boiling water as you as some splatter could scald you. Next, apply a few squirts of liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Hopefully your guests are not about to arrive at this point as you will need to allow it to sit giving the soap solution time to break up the blockage. After some time has passed, use the plunging tricks again. Alternating these processes will sometimes break up a really tough clog. If you are very unlucky and these tricks fail, the final trick you have in your arsenal is a chemical drain cleaner. This also will take time to work so hopefully your house has a second bathroom for your guests.
Should this final solution fail, there is possibly a more serious issue occuring than your typical clog and it’s prudent at this time to call the pros like at Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning. Unless your situation is because of a more serious issue in your home’s drainage system, just about every clogged toilet can be fixed by you using the techniques described here without the professionals. However, we are there to help if you need us!
Clogged Toilet Emergencies
It isn’t always easy to prevent a clogged toilet repair in Houston. If you have unenclosed storage shelves above your toilet, dumping your mop water into the toilet without checking for rags, and curious children who want to see if their favorite stuffed animal likes to swim can all lead to what the experts call a “catastrophic toilet failure” (in layman’s terms, a clogged or backed-up toilet).
If you find yourself facing a clogged toilet repair in Houston emergency, FIRST, call upon the licensed, experienced experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services; and thank yourself later. We’ve all had the experience of an often messy, and always “at-the-wrong-time” problem of a clogged toilet. There are many ways your home can end up with a toilet clog. Too much paper, cleaning rags, baby wipes, dental floss, jewelry, hair and even tree root growth into your sewer pipe can all cause a clogged toilet in Houston. If you’ve used the “tried and true” do-it-yourself methods (plungers, toilet snakes, augers) to try and solve your clogged toilet in Houston issues, and haven’t been able to clear your clog, call Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services.
Running Toilet Repairs
Why is my toilet running and how can I catch it?
A running toilet sounds like a one-stop fix, but, there are several reasons your toilet could be running long after a flush. If you jiggle the handle and the running stops, the chain from the handle that leads to the ballcock got in the way. If you’re at all mechanically inclined, it is an easy fix to simply shorten the chain by a couple of links. Another possible reason for your running toilet is the handle itself has become loose and slipped down its connecting arm. The rubber or plastic flapper that acts as the dam between the tank and the bowl eventually will break down around the seal and start to leak. Or it could be a broken fill valve. If these possible scenarios make you a little nervous about tackling the issue yourself, it’s probably a good time to call in a plumber!
I have rust and mineral stains in my toilet bowl. How do I get rid of them?
In most cases, rust stains can only be removed from porcelain using hydrochloric acid. If you’re going to take on a rust removal project, PLEASE be sure to read and understand the directions on the packaging thoroughly. Do a little research before trying to remove the rust. If you’re concerned about using caustic chemicals, there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube, showing how to remove rust and mineral scale with everything from vinegar to Coca-Cola. It is always best to start by trying to get the results you desire by using the least harsh method.
And while we’re talking about cleaning the toilet, let’s discuss the use of caustic and abrasive cleaners in your toilet bowl. Using some of these bleach-based granulated products in combination with a stiff toilet brush; can cause minuscule scratches in the porcelain.
Why are those little scratches a big deal?
Because those scratches become a breeding ground for bacteria, as they aren’t cleaned out by simply flushing. Once the porcelain is scratched, the only way to remove that bacteria is with the use of more caustic chemicals and a toilet brush…creating more scratches and merely compounding the problem. Once the porcelain in the bowl is scratched, you need to replace the toilet to avoid potential sanitary problems.
Don’t Let a Toilet Repair Ruin Your Day – Call Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning!
Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Services has been repairing and replacing toilets in the Greater Houston Area since 1979. With fully-stocked trucks serving your neighborhood, Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning cares about treating customers ethically and repairing or replacing your toilets at a fair and affordable price. We bring top quality and value to every toilet clogged up or any other plumbing repair job we do. Our main concern is your satisfaction. For all your Houston plumbing issues, big and small, call Houston’s Best… We’re on the way! 24/7 emergency service, call: 713-868-9907. When you call Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Services, we answer our phones with live, intelligent staff that are all highly trained and knowledgeable about plumbing issues. We are members of the Better Business Bureau, the Consumer Business Review, Angie’s List (Houston plumbers), and here for you when you need us.
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More About Clogged Toilet Repairs on The Potty Mouth Guys Show
Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Live Video Transcription:
On today’s show, my toilet keeps running. What do you do?
I’m John Eccles. Richard Saad. We are talking today about my toilet keeps running. How do we repair that toilet and toilet repair, right? That’s right. That’s what we’re talking about. So what do you do if your toilet starts running? Go catch it. That’s a crappy joke. Literally. Oh, okay. Well now that we’re on the toilet subject here, so let’s tell people what, what is it that makes a toilet run? Why would it be running? What are the parts that are going out the side, right legs besides its legs had to, right. What else is there that are going to, that you’re gonna make and, and what are the signs of it, right? Yeah. Yeah. These are really important question. It is one of our number one, you know, kind of call volume kind of calls. You know a lot of people. Yeah, that’s right. So why and what is gonna make a toilet run?
Let me tell you. Tell me. Um, one would be usage, right? Right. So the more you use a commode, obviously the more things are going to wear down. Just normal wear and tear. Uh, we normally see commercial establishments go through their stuff a little bit more because obviously there’s more people going in and out. Just like at your home, you’ve probably maybe done a repair on one bathroom that you and all the guests normally use versus a bathroom that no one ever uses. Obviously the toilet’s going to get a repair probably before the other one sang is the more I use the toilet, the more apt that is to break. It is true that if you use it, you lose it.
The term that’s true you guys, the more you use, the more apt it is to fail more quicker. Yeah. So, and another thing that it can be is we’ve got a brace of water and Houston and we’re using a new product called chloramines and everybody thinks we’re still on a chlorine system. That’s the disinfectant process that they’re putting in our water to keep us safe. Right. Which is basically a poison. Uh, they’ve, they’ve changed this, I don’t know, I think about 10 years ago, something like that. And now we’re using chloramines chloramines abrasive. It has ammonia in it. So it is eating rubber more than ever at this point. So our toilets are mostly made of of the inner guts, let’s call it a, are mostly made of plastic and rubber. Yeah. Well the rubbers being eaten. Yeah. Right. Absolutely. So when you’re walking by a bathroom, or especially if it’s in the master bathroom and you hearing, you’re hearing a hissing sound, that means water’s leaking, leaking through that fill valve, um, typically or the flappers letting it get through there and it’s going into the bowl, which is then turning on the fill valve.
Right? Right. So what do you do? There’s a few things that you can do yourself before you call somebody like us, right? Absolutely. Make sure if you hear it hissing, you know there’s something wrong, right. What would be the next step that’s going to be the fill valve. That’s the part that’s delivering the water into your bowl and into your tank. Right? Right. Take your lid off the toilet. You can visibly see all of those parts and they’re called guts, so you can visibly see those. So make sure that the chain is not underneath your, it’s called, the technical term is actuator. People call it a flapper. That’s the part that seats on the toilet and that goes up and down to allow the water to flow into the toilet. Right? Right. I think it goes in the bowl. That’s right. That delivers the water into the tank.
So make sure that nothing has stuck underneath that flapper. Sure. And that is closing properly and seated properly, uh, to where water can’t get through. Yes. Now if that’s the case, then it could be the fill valve that’s not working properly. And there’s a lot of things that go into to place that could create an issue. And one is dirty water. You know, there’s particulates running through our water all the time and it’s got rubber pieces. So if something came from the main water supply got in there and it’s lifted it up, you can’t see that because it’s underneath some plastic pieces. Right. But all in all, if you want to try to replace those parts are typically the only two that go out and saying that those parts of very drastically it from a one piece toilet to a two piece toilet, you can go get a part that’s $10 all the way up to $400 depending on what toilet that you have.
Is it a two piece toilet or one piece toilet? And it’s typically these one piece toilets, uh, that have these more expensive fill valves, uh, in there that can get up to that $400 level. Typically, your two piece toilets don’t have that. So if you guys want to try this at home, um, there’s some great videos on youtube that show you how to unscrew and screw back in, right? Right. So if you want to, to try it, then if it fails or doesn’t fail, you succeed. Whatever it is, you need help. We’re here, right? So, I mean, there’s a lot of things that I have tried and failed and I have to call some money out. Hey, can you come, uh, get me out of this please? So we all do it. But what’s that sign that we’re running right now on our company sign failures.
The mother of success. That’s right. If you don’t try, you don’t fail. Right. But that is our profession and we still fail every now and then. So if you don’t want to try it, call us and we can do it. Now, another thing that if you’re not hearing anything, um, you can put dye in the tank. I meant to go back. I’m going to go back a little bit and tell you we can put dye in the tank. You can, yeah. Koolaid. So if you made whatever she have a high water bill, if you have a high water bill that that can be a notice of, of a tool that running or something going on, you know, rather than having a leak in the house. Sometimes your tool, it’s running and you won’t even know it. Right? And you can do it as simple as putting what?
Food coloring, right? Food, coloring up the food. Coloring Koolaid. Yeah, Koolaid. Right. That’s a little Gatorade. If you see that water transferred down from, obviously you’re putting the coloring into the tank. If you see the transferred down into the bowl, then you know that there’s a leak somewhere. Something’s not selling the way it should be or that there’s an issue. Now at toilet running, I can verify Billy tell you that it can add another hundred dollars or better to your water bill a month. Oh yeah. So if you see a big jump in your water bill, your first place to go to is your toilets and try it. You start there and then look elsewhere. But at toilet can easily add $100 a month. So you think we’re expensive but the toilet run for a month and that will get expensive. Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s just, and it’s wasteful, right?
It’s not very conservative when it comes to conserving water. It’s wasting water and waste and water. Yeah, it is drinkable water. Yeah, it is the water that eventually you’re going to drink it. That’s exactly right. So any questions around that? John and I are here for you. So let’s talk about the toilet repair. We kinda got into that a little bit. Right. So how would we repair that toilet and what would we do? So they make complete rebuild kits all the way up to single components. Typically what we like to do is the age of those components tend to be the same. Yeah. So we tend to like to replace, even though the component is still good, it’s cheap enough to go ahead and put that new part in there and it’s easy enough to put the new part in there. So when we go do a complete toilet, that’s called a complete toilet rebuild.
And that’s typically what we will do. But you have an option to actually just replace one component at a time. Yep. Um, and we do a lot of that as well. It’s whatever fits your needs, whatever you want to do. Uh, and again, as a homeowner, you can do a full replacement yourself or you can replace that one component. Yeah. Right. Absolutely. That’s where if you get in trouble, we’re only a phone call away. That’s exactly right. I’ve had a couple of those. Yes. It happens after, you know, it seems simple enough. And like you said, you know, people, um, especially cause it’s visible, right? They want to try to do it themselves and uh, depending on your skill level, right? If you’re a mechanical inclined person, you could probably tackle it pretty easily. If you’re not, then if you try it and you mess up, it’s okay.
Like Richard saying as part of life or if you just feel like you don’t want to tackle it at all, deal with it, give us a call, we’ll help you out. And if it gets messed up, there is a valve that is coming out of the wall. Turn that off so your toilet does not keep running. Right. And also, if you’re going to change these components, go ahead and turn the water off as well. You know, don’t keep it running. We should go, you know, elementary school there because people might not know they need to turn the water off. Right. And we’ve been doing it so long we forget to tell people as part of that youtube video as part of the youtube video. That’s exactly right. Any questions that you guys may have. Give us a call. We are here to come fix your toilet. Do that toilet repair. Your toilet keeps running. Call us. Thank you guys. Thank you so much.