More than a few homeowners dread having to deal with toilet problems. Fortunately, most toilet problems have relatively simple fixes. Before you ask yourself, “Where can I find plumbing contractors near me?”, here are some of the most common toilet problems and how they can be solved.
PROBLEM: The Toilet Is Overflowing (Or Is About To)
If the toilet water starts to rise after you flush, don’t panic. Carefully (but quickly) take off the toilet tank lid, reach inside the tank and push the flapper down. The flapper is the small rubber component at the bottom of the tank that keeps the water from continuously flowing into the bowl. Next, lift the float ball to stop the toilet tank from further filling up.
Observe the toilet for a few minutes and see if the water level is dropping. If it is, wait until it stops, then turn off the water shut-off valve. If it’s not dropping, try turning off the shut-off valve while keeping the float ball in its highest position. If you can’t do both at the same time, attempt to turn off the water valve as soon as you let go of the float ball. You can then begin to unclog the toilet using a plunger, or other tools like a drain snake if that doesn’t work. Failing both, call a plumber.
PROBLEM: Toilet Won’t Flush
If nothing happens after you push the flush lever, remove the toilet tank cover and see if there’s water in it. If it’s empty, check and make sure the shut-off valve isn’t closed. Check the other bathroom fixtures and make sure there’s water pressure. If there is, check the toilet tank flapper valve at the bottom of the tank. Then try the flush lever and see if it’s lifting the flapper; if it’s not, then the mechanism may require repairs.
PROBLEM: Toilet Flushes Slowly or Backs Up
If the toilet flushes slowly, there’s a chance the drains are clogged. First, make sure the drains aren’t clogged elsewhere. If it’s one of the mains, the repairs may require working with a plumber. Otherwise, make sure the toilet isn’t on the verge of overflowing. If it is, refer to “the toilet is overflowing” above. Then proceed with unclogging the toilet with a plunger.
Got Toilet Problems? We Can Help
You can always count on a capable plumbing contractor like $25 Plumbing to take care of all your toilet problems. To learn more about our plumbing services, give us a call today at (909) 786-2808. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.