Broken or loose toilet seats: This is the easiest do-it-yourself repair. The seat will be attached with a couple of wing nuts to the back of the toilet bowl. Remove the wingnuts, then replace the seat. If the seat is loose, try installing rubber bushings around the seat attachment bolts and installing stabilizers to the bottom of the seat.
Excessively running toilets: If you have a gravity feed toilet (we’ll talk more about the kinds of toilets in a little bit), fixing a constantly running toilet could be as easy as changing the flapper valve in the bottom of the tank. If replacing that doesn’t work, you may have to replace the flush valve seat.
Clogged toilets: This is probably the most common of all toilet issues, and one of the grossest. Obviously, plunging the toilet is the first step. If the toilet bowl is full of water (and other stuff), gently lower the plunger in and gently pump it a couple of times to let the air escape. That way nothing will slosh over the rim of the bowl when you really start going. If the plunger doesn’t work, you’ll have to use an auger. However, in order to avoid damaging the porcelain of the bowl, it’s important to use a closet auger.
But let’s say that you’ve got a more complicated problem and need the services of a professional plumbing technician. Call us at Plumbers 911 to be connected to a highly-trained locally owned and operated plumbing contractor.
Toilet Replacement by Qualified Boston Plumbers
Did you know that you can save a lot of money over the long term by replacing your toilet with a more efficient model? People can use around ten gallons of water a day just by flushing the toilet. Fortunately, there are a lot of options when it comes to toilets. Here are a few of them:
Gravity-feed toilets: A gravity feed toilet uses (as you can guess) gravity to flush the waste out of the bowl. When you turn the handle, the flapper valve is raised, allowing water to drop from the bottom of the tank into the bowl. They’re relatively quiet, doesn’t require a lot of water pressure, and is relatively simple to repair when necessary.
Pressure-feed toilets: These models use air pressure to increase the force of water flowing through the bowl. As the water fills a sealed tank, it compresses the remaining air, which increases the pressure in the tank. These are better at preventing clogs, but require more water pressure and tend to be noisier than gravity-feed units.
WaterSense Certification: Because toilet flushing accounts for about 30% of all household water use, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to reduce that statistic. First, all toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Toilets with a WaterSense label use less than 1.28 gallons per flush. It’s a good option for saving water (unless you live in Texas or California, where it’s required).
Comfort height toilets: These are becoming more popular because they raise the seat to about 17 to 19 inches high. They can be fitted with either gravity-feed or pressure-assist tanks. They are also a good option for people who have limited mobility and have difficulty bending their hips or knees.
Finding the Right Contractor for Toilet Repair in Boston
Once you’ve made the decision to repair or replace your toilet, the next step is choosing a reliable, experienced plumber to do the work. That’s where we at Plumbers 911 come in. We’re a nationwide referral service which connects homeowners to the best local plumbing contractors that Boston has to offer.
We are not a chain or franchise operation. Instead, we work with independent businesses with a long history of providing great service to the people of Boston. Each of our partners has invested a lot of time and effort into building its reputation. That’s why it’s their name on the truck instead of Plumbers 911.
We hire only the best union plumbers who are fully licensed and insured. Each has completed over 100,000 hours to get their certification. They also have access to continued training on new skills and equipment. Each one agrees to a comprehensive background check and periodic drug screening before they go on their first service call.
Toilet repair is not the only job we can do. We are capable and well-equipped for the entire range of plumbing services such as these:
24/7 Emergency Repair: If it breaks, we can fix it, any time, day or night. We’re local, so we’ll be there faster than anyone else to get the repairs made and limit additional damage to your home and possessions.
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling: Sometimes you just need a change. Or, rather, your kitchen or bathroom does. That’s where we come in. We can help you choose and install the perfect fixtures and appliances for your updated rooms. They’ll not only look good and improve the convenience of your kitchen or bath, but they’ll also save water and money.
New Construction: We are also experienced in installing plumbing systems in new buildings and subdivisions. From laying sewer lines to installing water heaters and backflow prevention devices, we can handle the heavy lifting on a new construction job, as well as the interior details such as installing sinks and showers.
Call Plumbers 911 at (855) 550-9911 today. Regardless of the size of the job, we’re ready to help.