Is your running toilet simply driving you up the wall?
We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain. Not all plumbing projects are ideal for the do-it-yourselfer.
Some of the most common toilet problems that we repair include:
- Leaking Tank
- Clogged Toilet
- Not Flushing Properly
- Sweaty Toilet Bowl
- Constantly Running Toilet
- Broken Floor Seals
- Faulty Toilet Hardware
Basically, when a permit or extensive work is required it’s more cost effective and less frustrating to contact a professional plumber to handle the task. The licensed, bonded and highly trained plumbers at Plumbers Salt Lake City can make any repairs needed to get your toilet working perfectly.
The flap inside your toilet could be stuck open, which is causing the water to run. Take the top of the back of your toilet and look to see if the little flap inside is seated and sealed or if it’s stuck open. The flapper is a little rubber gasket that sits in the bottom your tank. It will have a lever or a chain that is connected to it, which connects it to the toilet handle in most cases. If it’s open then just slide your hand in there and adjust it so it seals properly. That could easily be the only thing you need to do to repair your running toilet. The flap is made of rubber or another soft material that is prone to damage and dry-rotting over time. If it looks like it’s been damaged, you should replace it. Once it gets too damaged, it won’t matter how much you try to get it to seal. Water will slip past it and leak through, leaving you with a constantly running toilet and higher water bills.
If it’s sealed properly, check the chain while you’re in there. Is it twisted, bunched up or caught on anything? If so, it probably isn’t letting the flapper seal right. Straighten it out and see if that helps. You will also see a rod. Is it bent? Again, if it is, you should be able to straighten it out pretty easily. If you notice it’s getting rusty or anything, you should go ahead and replace it.
In the tank you should also see a little ball-looking thing. That’s your float mechanism. Lift it up and see if the toilet stops running. If it does then you found you problem. Adjust the arm and let it go. Keep adjusting it a little bit and see if you can find a point at which the toilet stops running. If you happen to find that there is water inside the ball, you’ll need to get a new one from your local hardware or home store.
If none of the above seems to help, you may have a larger leak that is a little more troublesome. A professional plumber like Plumbers Salt Lake City will be able to determine exactly what’s causing the leak and repair you running toilet for you.
Anytime the toilets are backing up into the tubs and showers the problem is most likely the main line. This usually requires special equipment that most homeowners don’t typically have. While renting the equipment is possible, it is not advisable unless you have experience using it. A professional will have experience using the equipment and clearing out the main line.
Here are a few tips to help you understand when it’s best to call in a professional plumber:
- When permits are required. Moving existing plumbing, bathroom remodeling, or adding a new gas line for your BBQ all require permits. It’s important to have a professional plumber there who knows the process and building codes to ensure the inspection goes through.
- Water heater work. It’s not recommended to work on your own water heater. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, which can make the process dangerous. Trust repairs and service maintenance to a professional.
- Shower valve replacement. Don’t let online blogs and tutorials fool you, replacing a shower valve is complex and time consuming for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Trust an expert to help you choose the right valve and replace it without damaging the shower walls.
Determining if You Have an Emergency
If you come home to find four inches of standing water in your home, chances are that you will have the urge to rush and call in an emergency plumber. However, not every instance of a plumbing issue is the time to call for emergency service. Emergency service is much more costly and if it is a more minor issue you may be able to wait and save yourself some money.
Ask yourself this…
Consider the following questions before deciding whether or not you need an emergency plumber.
- How much water is it?
- Is it gushing or is it just a drip?
If the water is gushing from a source such as a busted waterline, then the first thing that you need to do is simply cut off your main water supply valve. This will stop the water from coming out and you can simply call and request that a plumber come and explore what caused the gush to begin with. If the issue is simply water dripping from a pipe or a ceiling, then an easy solution is to just place something to catch the water under the leak and you can wait until the next day for Plumbers Salt Lake City.
The time for an emergency plumber is when you have large amounts of water leaking and you are not able to cut off the water supply to the leak. The last thing you need or want is for your home to flood. If you are not able to shut off the water or if the valve itself is the cause of the leak, then it is definitely time to call a plumber for emergency service. If the plumbing issue is one that is causing sewage to back up into your home then you would also want to call in an emergency plumber due to sanitation issues.
When dealing with a plumbing issue, take the time to question whether it is in fact a real plumbing emergency. By waiting until the next day, you may save yourself up to 50% on your repair bill.