When planning your bathroom remodel, don’t forget the toilet. These vital fixtures are solid, long-lasting and generally require only minor repairs, such as replacing the flapper or fill valve. Existing toilets tend to become a permanently installed part of a house for decades.
Unfortunately, the excessive water usage typical of older toilets and the high water bills that come along with it also become a permanent fixture. Planning your bathroom remodel is a perfect time to think about replacing that old toilet with a newer model that is designed for efficiency and economy.
Toilet-flushing is the single most water-intensive activity in most homes, and accounts for over 30 percent of total household water consumption. Toilets made before the 1980s may use up to seven gallons of water per flush (GPF.) Many of these are still on the job and still wasting water. Later models from the 1990s cut GPF in half. Today, there are even more ways to conserve more water without sacrificing toilet performance.
Ultra Low-Flush (ULF) Toilets
These models comply with the current Federal maximum standard of 1.6 GPF. Ultra low-flush models began to be installed in new residential construction in 1994. If your home was built before then, you may have a pre-ULF toilet and could benefit substantially simply by upgrading to today’s standard.
High Efficiency Toilets (HET)
Using only 1.28 GPF, these toilets outperform the ULF models and all those that came before. HET savings add up with every flush. In a year, an average family can save as much as 13,000 gallons of water with an HET versus a ULF model. Today, there are more than a thousand high efficiency toilet models on the market, allowing you a variety to choose from when planning your bathroom remodel.
Dual Flush Models
Dual flush toilets feature a user-selectable flush volume control at the touch of a button. For liquid waste, the unit consumes only .8 gallons. Full flush volume is the standard maximum of 1.6 GPF.
For professional advice, sales and installation when planning your bathroom remodel, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
When problems develop with a toilet in your home, it can cause frustration, unnecessary mess and costly water waste. The following tips can help you diagnose what’s wrong so you’ll know how to explain the issue when you call a trusted plumber for a toilet repair in Cincinnati.
When a toilet continues to run after the tank fills with water, the float or fill valve isn’t functioning properly. A constantly running toilet is not only irritating, it can waste thousands of gallons of water a month. If adjusting the float doesn’t solve the problem, the fill valve needs to be replaced.
Clogs and Blockages
If a toilet won’t flush, there’s a clog or blockage in the trap or drain line. If plunging the toilet doesn’t clear the clog so the water drains out of the bowl, avoid flushing the toilet as this can cause an messy overflow. A licensed plumber can use a toilet snake or auger to clear the blockage.
Slow flushes can be caused by a few different problems. The water level in the toilet tank may too high, or the bowl’s inlet holes may be clogged with hard water scale or debris. If the issue is a partially blocked drain line, the next flush could cause a complete blockage and result in an overflow. To prevent this, it’s wise to have a plumber identify and correct the exact cause of the problem.
Tank Doesn’t Fill
If the tank doesn’t refill after a flush, the fill valve has likely failed and stuck shut. To avoid having to use a pail of water to complete each flush, you’ll need to have the fill valve replaced.
Water seepage from under the toilet usually means the wax seal between the base and sewer line flange needs to be replaced. If there’s water on the floor around the toilet, the rubber washer on the fill valve bolt or tank bolt has likely cracked, allowing water to drip out.
For expert toilet repair in Cincinnati, contact the licensed plumbing pros at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.
From wasted water to messy overflows to personal inconvenience, a toilet that doesn’t work correctly can be a significant problem. When your bathroom plumbing system is acting up, you can count on your local trusted handyman to help resolve common toilet issues.
Common Toilet Issues
- Incomplete or partial flushes: If the toilet doesn’t produce a complete flush the first time, the problem could be in the flapper valve that closes to let the tank refill. It may be closing too fast, or the chain that lifts the flapper may be too long. The water level in the tank may also be too low.
- Unstable toilet: If the entire toilet itself moves in any direction when someone sits on it, the grout between the toilet and the floor may be missing or weakening. The anchor bolts holding the toilet to the floor may also be weak or coming loose, especially if the flooring itself has been damaged by water. Grout can be replaced and anchor bolts can be retightened. If the floor is damaged, it will probably be necessary to replace some sections of flooring.
- Water leaks at toilet base: If there is water leaking out at the base of the toilet, it can cause damage to the floor. The cause is usually a broken wax seal between the toilet and the drain pipe flange. The toilet will have to be detached, the wax seal replaced, and the toilet properly reseated by your plumbing expert.
- Inadequate flushes: If the toilet doesn’t flush with enough force to be effective, the problem may be in the water release holes around the inner edge of the bowl. Your plumbing expert may pour muriatic acid into the system to clean out the clogs, or may use a pointed object to physically clear the holes.
Apollo Home Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has more than a century’s worth of experience in providing HVAC and plumbing services to customers in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on how to resolve common toilet issues and for the professional services you need to keep your bathroom plumbing working properly.
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When the toilet starts running on its own and you can not figure out what is wrong, check for the following, so you are not throwing your money away!
- Float arm not rising high enough
- Water-filled float ball.
- Tank stopper not seating properly.
- Corroded flush valve seal.
- Cracked overflow tube.
- Ball cock valve doesn’t shut off.
- Bend float arm down or away from tank wall.
- Replace ball.
- Adjust stopper guide rod and lift wires or chain. Replace defective stopper.
- Scour valve seat or replace.
- Replace tube or install new flush valve assembly.
- Oil trip lever, replace faulty washers, or install new ball cock assembly.
If you just can not figure it out, visit your local home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot) and ask a sales associate to help you find what you need. Most times, they can also provide valuable how-to tips too!