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Toilet Repair – Sun City AZ

Here are the basics of a well-functioning toilet:

  1. The chain lifts a piece of rubber called the flapper. It’s also called a stopper or tank ball, depending on your type of toilet. This lets the water out of the tank and into the bowl.
  2. As the water flows into the bowl, it forces the waste water from the toilet bowl through the trap to your down pipe or sewer line.
  3. When the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes and fresh water begins to re-fill the tank.
  4. The toilet fill valve determines when the tank is full and then shuts off the water.

When toilet repair is the last task you want to tackle, here are some quick tips on what to do:

Leaky Toilet

Where the water is coming from?

If it’s around the base, when does it occur? If it’s during or immediately after a flush, you need to replace your wax ring. If it’s constant, then you probably have a cracked toilet base. There is no way to repair a crack, so it’ll need to be replaced.

If it’s around the tank, you may have a cracked tank. If that is the case, it will need to be replaced.

Is your toilet running all the time? Check inside the toilet tank. Is the flapper all the way down? Is there excessive chain from the flapper under the flapper causing it to not seal properly? Is the fill valve set too high, allowing water to overflow the stand pipe?

Not Flushing or Not Flushing Enough

The very function of a toilet is to make sure that enough water flows from the tank to the bowl, so check all of the parts that control the water flow.

  1. Turn the water supply line valve all the way to the left (counter-clockwise) to make sure your line is open.
  2. Look inside of the tank and check these parts:
    1. Is the handle connected to the lift chain? If not, reconnect and then try flushing again. Is the handle too loose or too tight? Adjust the connectors.
    2. Is there too much slack in the lift chain? Shorten the chain.
    3. Is the flapper valve opening and closing when you move the lever? Reach in and push on the flapper valve to determine if the seal if faulty. If so, replace.

Noisy Toilet Problems

A noisy toilet can be embarrassing. Here are some ways you can minimize the sounds:

  1. Check the water supply line. Turn the valve all the way to the left (counter-clockwise) to open it fully.
  2. If adjusting the water flow doesn’t help, you’ll probably need to replace the toilet fill valve.

Clogged Toilet

  1. Use a plunger to cover up the exit trap, the area that is at the bottom of the toilet where waste water exits the bowl.
  2. With the plunger head covering the exit trap, work the plunger handle up and down. This creates suction and pressure to push the blockage through to the down pipe.
  3. When the waste water empties, flush the toilet again to ensure that the blockage is removed.

Talk to us at Sav-On Plumbing for your toilet repairs today, and a licensed plumber will get your smallest room in the house back into working order, quickly.

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