Tips on Troubleshooting and Repairing Your Toilet
Some Tips From the Experts on Toilet Repair
Some issues with your toilet can be a quick and easy fix while others really should be handled by an experienced plumber. Let us help you figure out what is going on with your toilet and the best solution to repair it.
A weak flushing toilet, overflowing, and gurgling sounds are all issues that we can handle in no time at all. Not only that but our licensed and certified plumbers are available 24/7 from Stuart to Vero Beach.
Let’s Diagnose the Problem
Take a look below at some of the most common problems with toilets. We will explain what is likely the cause and the best solution to repair your toilet. Most of the time, you won’t need a new toilet ( but in case you do – we can handle the installation for you too ).
Is the problem too hard to handle? Give us a call at 772.287.0651 in Stuart or 772.878.7444 in Port St. Lucie or 772.465.8300 if you live in Vero Beach or Ft. Pierce. Our service technicians are ready to hep any time of the day!
1. A Weak Flushing Toilet
Cause: Check inside the tank for a date stamp. The solution will depend on when it was made.
Quick Fix: If your toilet was made before 1994, the problem most likely just hard water deposits. You can remove them with a wash of muriatic acid but be careful! The fumes are caustic so open the windows and place a fan in the bathroom. If you have a septic system for your home, do not use this method! If the toilet was made between 1994-1997 there was a manufacturing issue that cannot be fixed, you will simply have to replace your toilet. Better yet, simply CLICK HERE!
2. Suction Sounds From Your Sink or Tub When Flushing
Cause: You likely have an obstruction in the vent pipe
Quick Fix: From the roof, take your garden hose and run it down the vent pipe and turn on the water. Have someone down by the toilet to let you know when the pipe is clear.
3. Overflowing Toilet Bowl
Cause: You have a clog in the trap at the bottom of the bowl or somewhere in the drain pipe.
Quick Fix: Simply use a plunger. If that doesn’t do the trick, try a snake that you can purchase from your local hardware store.
4. Water Level Lowers in the Bowl
Cause: The colon in the bowl has a clog of toilet paper in it wicking away the water or there could be a crack inside the bowl.
Quick Fix: If the bowl is cracked on the inside the only solution is to replace the toilet bowl. First, drain the water in your toilet and use a flashlight and mirror to look up into the colon of the toilet. If you see a clog, use a snake to remove it.
5. Tank Makes Whistling Sounds
Cause: More than likely you have an older toilet with a ball cock valve that has one of those big round ball floats at the end of a metal rod. The ball floats on the water and as it rises, it slowly lowers the ball cock valve. This can create an array of odd sounds.
Quick Fix: This is outdated technology, simply replace with a modern new toilet tank fill valve.
6. Tank Water Dripping then Refilling Randomly
Reason: There is a small flexible tube that runs from the bottom of the valve to the top of the toilet overflow tube. The tube has dropped inside the overflow tube.
Solution: Attach a clip to the top of the overflow tube to direct the water flow into the tube without actually having it enter the overflow tube.
Now that we have reviewed the most common problems with your toilet, we hope you feel more confident in trying some basic toilet repairs at home. If the task at hand is too much or you simply do not have the time, let us give you a hand. Call us Toll-Free at 877-287-0651, you can even email us at [email protected] or visit us on our website at callcookes.com and one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to set up an appointment with you.