Have you been having frequent clogs or other problems with your toilet? Surely, you are looking for a fast solution to resolve the problem once and for all. Whether the toilet clogs, or experiences other problems, such as running when it should not, difficulty flushing, toilet leaks or a loose seal, you can contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg for a prompt solution for toilet repair from our Katy plumbing experts.
Typically toilets are not that much of a complicated fixture, and the flushing mechanisms found in toilets are comprised of fairly simple parts that can be readily replaced. However, if you need assistance and help with your toilet, then contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg and schedule for toilet repair or installation services and our experienced and courteous Katy plumbing experts will get you squared away promptly.
Most toilets flush by making use of gravity itself. When you flush the toilet, the flush lever is depressed allowing for the water to leave the tank, gravity does the rest of the work. Furthermore, depressing the lever pulls the attached chain inside of the tank, which lifts the flapper valve that is located at the bottom of the tank. When the flapper is raised, the water that is inside of the tank will rush down through the hole and fills inside of the toilet bowl which creates the flush.
Once the toilet’s tank has emptied, the flapper will fall back down over the hole, effectively sealing it, and fresh water will begin to fill inside of the tank anew. As water fills the tank, the float mechanism will float on top of the rising water until it reaches a certain height at which point the float valve will shut off the incoming flow of water once it reaches the proper level.
Whenever you have a toilet that is running, this is due to the failure of a flapper valve sealing completely over the hole that allows for the water to escape into the bowl. This obviously causes the toilet to repeatedly refill the tank, and will drastically increase the amount of water usage in your home month after month. If you are experiencing a running toilet, inspect the flapper to ensure that it is properly sealing the hole in the bottom of the tank.
To test for tank leakage, simply place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet’s tank and then inspect the bowl in a few minutes time. If the dyed water finds it way into the bowl, then the flapper is leaking and will need to be replaced. While the float valve can last for many years, eventually like anything else they will become problematic. Eventually like most things they will need to be replaced.
Common Flush Problems
- No Flush – When the chain that is attached to the flush handle and the flapper valve is loose, depressing the flush handle will fail to provide a flush. If the toilet will not flush, inspect that the toilet tank, you will find that the chain has come loose and you will need to replace it in order for the toilet to properly flush. Make sure that you leave a small amount of slack. If the chain has broken, you can use a piece of wire to temporarily connect the chain until you can get a new chain to replace the old one.
- Lack of Water – If the toilet tank is not filling with water then first inspect the sink to ensure that water is available. If so, there is possibly a problem with the pipe that supplies water to the toilet. Hard water build up may possibly be the problem and has blocked the supply of fresh water to the toilet. You will need to contact a professional plumber that can provide you with Katy plumbing to resolve this problem.
- Weak Flush – A poorly flushing toilet can be brought on by multiple causes. Such as, insufficient amounts of water in the tank due to a faulty fill valve, a leaking flapper valve, or even a toilet or sewer pipe clog. Get in touch with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for professional Katy plumbing repair to resolve this issue.
- The Moving Toilet – A toilet that is not secure to the floor will wobble. If your toilet is loose it will need to have the floor bolts tightened, but not too tight. The toilet will also need to be resealed in order to help prevent the escape of sewer gas. If you are not familiar with what you are doing this is a job for a professional plumber.