Diagnosing Common Toilet Plumbling Problems

  • Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

  • 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.

    A construction plumber installing a toilet tank in a new building.

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    A man works on the plumbing of a toilet tank.

    Constant Running

    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

    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 Leaks

    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.