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Solving All Your Toilet Plumbing Problems in Palos Verdes
As children, we all thought about how wonderful life would be when we were grown-ups. One thing that we certainly didn’t expect from adulthood are the annoying tasks of complete independence—including plumbing issues like standing in front of a clogged, broken toilet, with no one to come to the rescue. Before you despair, however, we’re here to tell you that you do not have to take this rite of passage alone! Big League Plumbing and Rooter can solve all of your toilet issues for you.
Common Toilet Problems
What many people do not realize is that there are many signals that your toilet might be on the verge of serious problems. If you notice these warning signs, you can call one of our technicians to solve the problem before a stoppage occurs.
Some of the issues that might be plaguing your toilet could include:
Mysterious phantom flushes: If your toilet is spontaneously refilling, that’s no ghost. Automatic filling could mean that something is wrong a flapper, which controls the water levels in your tank.
Extended bowl emptying: When the toilet bowl takes a long time to empty, this could signal that something is blocking the pipes below, decreasing the amount of space to drain the bowl.
Continual water trickling: The fill valves might not be correctly sensing the water pressure of the tank, thus diminishing the control of how much water collects.
Seal leaks or collected liquid: You might notice that there is liquid gathering around the base of the toilet. This is a signal that the wax ring sealing the “horn” or toilet base has become loose or damaged, meaning that you will have to remove the entire toilet to replace the ring.
Why Would a Toilet Leak From the Base?
Have you noticed water spots or pools of water around the base of your toilet? If so, be sure to make confirm where the water is coming from. The different places the water could be coming from is the base of the toilet, a loose supply tube, cracked tank or sweaty bowl. If the water is coming from the base of the toilet, it is most likely caused by a failed seal between the toilet and the floor.
To fix water leaking from the base of the toilet, tighten the closet bolts. These bolts are the bolts on the bottom of the toilet that seals it in place. Be sure to not apply too much pressure when tightening bolts as it is possible to crack the base of the toilet. If this does not solve the problem, be sure to call a professional toilet repair plumber at Big League Plumbing and Rooter.
How To Fix Phantom Flushing Toilet
Phantom flushing happens when water is slowly leaking out of the tank and into the bowl. If this goes on long enough it automatically triggers the toilet to flush. If a toilet starts doing phantom flushes, it is most definitely a problem. It is usually caused by a loose flapper, which will need to be replaced.
To test the flapper and determine if that is the cause of the phantom flushes, you can use food coloring. Put food coloring in the toilet tank. After you've colored the water in the tank, do not use the toilet for at least half an hour. If the water in the bowl has changed colors to what you colored the tank water, the flapper is the cause of the problem.
Before you replace your flapper, check for signs of debris or damage on the flapper. Be sure to clean the flapper as well as the surface area of the flush valve. This could potentially solve your leaking toilet. Make sure there is no tangled connection or something blocking the connection in the flapper valve. After all of this, if your toilet is still phantom flushing, you will need to replace the flapper.
Professional Toilet Installation & Repairs
Even though it may be convenient to fix a small clog on your own, the signs above could indicate that you have a much bigger problem on your hands, and you are not going to solve them with a 12-inch plunger. Calling one of our expert plumbing technicians is a much better way to ensure that you don’t make your toilet problems worse by accidentally breaking a flush valve or yanking out the neoprene flapper.
Many toilet issues are also created by incorrect installations, which often occur when homeowners bravely try to replace a toilet on their own. While taking this step to save a few dollars may seem courageous, it will only cost you a lot more in the long run to repair small but extensive mistakes. Let our skilled team at Big League Plumbing and Rooter save you time and hassle by expertly installing your toilets the right way from the beginning.
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