Expert Plumbers for Toilet Repair and Installation Services

The toilets in your home are some of its most important plumbing fixtures. When something breaks, fast and effective repairs are a must. A professional plumber can easily take care of the often-unpleasant task of toilet repair.

We’ve shared some information below concerning toilet repair and toilet installation. Every now and then, DIY solutions may be an option. But you might be surprised to learn that quality toilet services take a lot more than a plunger.

Toilet Repair Is More Complex Than You Think

While your home’s toilets are fairly simple fixtures, even small problems may demand specific tools and professional repair experience. Our certified plumbers have everything they need to recognize the problem and complete repairs quickly and safely. Whether you’re dealing with clogs, bad water pressure or something else, professional service is just what you need.

Here are a few of the most common problems you may encounter with your home’s toilets.

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Five Common Toilet Repair Problems

Most toilets have two primary components: the bowl and the upper tank. Damage to the toilet bowl can crack the porcelain, causing a leak. If the upper tank is the source of the leak, it’s generally because of a faulty valve. The upper tank houses several important valves including the flush valve and fill valve.

1. Toilet Constantly Running

A constantly running toilet wastes a lot of water. A professional plumber will first shut off the water supply line. This is done by sealing the water supply valve, which is located at the base of the toilet.

Constant running water is frequently a sign of a broken fill valve. This component ensures the water level refills to appropriate levels after every flush. If it becomes damaged, water will slowly fill the upper tank.

But the source of your problem could also be a damaged flush valve. This valve transfers stored water from the tank into the toilet bowl after you flush. When it breaks or cracks, water can constantly flow into the toilet bowl. Until it’s replaced, you’re wasting a lot of water. An experienced plumber can seamlessly replace broken flush valves with a new replacement.

2. Toilet Won’t Flush

Is nothing happening when you flush the toilet? A quality plumber will check the flush handle, also called a flapper. It can separate from the rest of the upper tank system, stopping the flush mechanism from working normally.

Resolving the problem is sometimes as easy as reattaching the chain that connects the handle to the fill valve system. If the chain is still attached, the plumber will instead inspect the nuts mounted within the tank. These will sometimes shake loose and will have to be readjusted.

While this is sometimes something you can do on your own, a professional is often needed if these steps aren’t working. They know how to handle more complicated tasks like replacing the flapper.

3. Toilet Plumbing Is Leaking

Leaks are one of the most common problems that damage your plumbing. There are several places your toilet can leak, but some of the most easy to see spots include water supply lines and around the base of the toilet. Your plumber will still look for leaks in the upper tank since they’re not as immediately recognizeable. Dripping sounds coming from the upper tank are sometimes strong evidence there’s a leak.

If the base of the toilet is leaking, the plumber will check the wax ring sealing the base of the toilet against the bathroom floor. If this wears down, water can pool around the base of your toilet. This can also happen when the toilet flange is damaged. The toilet flange sits under the base of the toilet, connecting the flush system to your home’s plumbing.

4. Malfunctioning Fill Valve or Refill System

If the fill valve doesn’t seem to be damaged, the actual problem can be debris deeper within the water system. Some cleaners can unclog this debris, breaking it apart and forcing it through the rest of your plumbing. When this doesn’t resolve the issue, professional equipment is generally required.

5. Toilet Is Clogged

A clogged toilet is a very common plumbing problem you may encounter. A typical plunger can resolve the clog, creating enough pressure to clear it from your plumbing. Out of the many issues your toilet can experience, a clog is the one you can most likely fix on your own.

But stubborn clogs should be handled with caution. Otherwise, wastewater can spill out of the bowl and spill onto your bathroom floor. Many professional plumbers have specialized drain snake tools, also known as closet or toilet augers.

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Sometimes Replacing a Toilet Is the Best Option

When the damage is too severe, replacing a toilet is usually more cost effective. Toilet installation should be performed carefully to avoid leaks or other problems somewhere else in your home’s plumbing.

Well-trained plumbers can easily handle new toilet installation, relying on a specific order designed to ensure secure connections.

  1. Remove the old toilet: An experienced plumber will strip the old toilet for bolts and other parts that are still in working condition. These can be installed on the new toilet.
  2. Secure the new toilet seal: The toilet seal or wax ring should be carefully lowered on top of the toilet flange. If this is handled too quickly, you can crack the bathroom tile or end up dealing with a leak right after installation.
  3. Place the new toilet bowl on the flange and secure it with the correct nuts and bolts: The base of the new toilet should be correctly aligned with the flange. Plumbers will make sure not to move the base after it’s placed on the wax seal, since this can damage it and cause a leak.
  4. Attach the upper tank: Some models separate the upper tank from the toilet bowl. If the tank is not securely attached, it can grind and scrape against the porcelain.
  5. Install accessories like the seat and lid: While a toilet missing a seat still technically works, it’s not exactly as comfortable as sitting down. A plumber can make sure these sit firmly against the rest of the toilet.

Once toilet installation is complete, your plumber should test the new toilet for signs of damage or leaks. They should open the water supply valve and watch as the upper tank starts to fill. Plumbers should then flush the toilet to check that water isn’t leaking anywhere around the base of the toilet bowl.

Toilet repair and installation aren’t problems you want to leave to chance. Don’t hesitate to call the professional plumbers at Midway Services, who can fix or install all kinds of toilet models.

Learn more by getting in touch with our staff at 727-219-2471 today!

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