Ahh, toilets. What would we do without them? Ensuring that they are working properly is ideal. But over time, their parts break down leading to common toilet problems. We’ve gathered the top FIVE issues residents encounter:
The Phantom Flusher
You’re just getting ready to fall asleep, and you hear the toilet flush. Fear grips your heart as it starts to pound fast- you are the only one home. After a couple seconds, you realize that for some reason, your toilet is flushing all by itself.
This water wasting problem is caused by water leaking from the tank into the bowl. To correct it, simply replace the rubber flapper. To test your toilet for this problem, drop food coloring dye into the tank of your toilet. Avoid using the toilet for 30 min and then check the bowl for any signs of the food coloring dye. If present in the water, you have identified the source of the problem.
Without repair from your local Overland Park plumber, this problem can waste up to 200 gallons a day!
You do your business, press the handle and the toilet starts constantly running without stop. This problem is caused by a flapper valve not sealing properly. Check to make sure that nothing is preventing the valve from closing properly. Then remove any mineral buildup that is around the seat beneath the valve. A third checkpoint is to ensure the pull chain is the right length and is not holding the valve slightly open.
Overflow in 3-2-1
You did your business, and your business was too large. You flushed, and now your toilet is filling, and filling and about to overflow. To prevent a wet mess, reach into the tank to lift the fill valve higher. The fill valve looks like a ball floating atop the water. This will stop the flow, allowing you use the plunger to remedy the situation. .
An Inefficient Toilet
Did you know that toilets manufactured before 1994 are very inefficient? On average these old toilets use up to 3.6 gallons of water every time you flush. Now this is a problem for your water bill. Compare this to newer toilets that use only 1.6 gallons per flush. Despite the reduced water usage, the newer models have just as strong of a flush as the old.
If you wish to save money on your water bill then you may choose to look for a new toilet and have it installed by a licensed Kansas plumber. Some models offer a dual flushing system which uses less water for liquid waste and the entire 1.6 gallons for solid waste.
If your socks are constantly getting wet, your toilet must have a leak. Toilet leaks are caused by various problems. It might mean that the porcelain has cracked- though this would be apparent if it were true. Most commonly, the wax ring located underneath the toilet may have shifted and became loose.
This can be easily remedied. First shut off the water supply to your toilet and flush the water out. Now that the toilet and bowl are empty unhook it from the water supply and unbolt the toilet from the floor. Lift it straight up and place to the side. Now the old wax ring should be perfectly accessible.
Remove the old ring and replace it with a new one. They only cost around 4 dollars. Once installed, place the toilet firmly over the new ring and bolt the toilet down securely
If you are unsure about a particular problem, don’t hesitate to call our professional plumbers for toilet repairs in Overland Park, KS. We have a huge network of trained techs to assist you 24/7.