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301 W Platt St,

Tampa, FL. 33606

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When things go wrong with your home toilet, it could be one of the most typical– and troubling– plumbing problems you might experience in your home. Whether your toilet is overflowing or running continuously, toilet repairs are problems you can not put aside.

 

It would be best if you always try and maintain toilets in good working order as they are among the most significant fixtures in a plumbing system. We don’t offer them much thought till something goes wrong and they quit working.

 

The feared clogged-up toilet is one of property owners’ most typical domestic challenges. Many will attempt to fix toilet problems, only to find that the fix did not work or that the problem reappeared.

 

When your toilet requires more than a plunger service, it’s best to call a plumber near me for all toilet repair or installation needs. With years of experience, our professional team can deal with the project fast and efficiently.

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Most Common Issues with Toilets in Homes

Plenty of toilet repairs are best left for the pros to deal with. However, not every situation needs emergency plumbing services.

Allow us to go through a few of the standard toilet problems dealt with by clients who have called us for ideas on how to repair toilet problems:

Moaning noises from toilets

If you hear groaning noises from a toilet, it could be due to a rise in water pressure, which lets a water valve to shudder or shake.

Random or constant flushing

Either of these 2 problems will possibly cause toilets to flush and begin filling on their own:

 

  • ( 1) the refill tube is too long, or
  • ( 2) it could also be a leaking flapper

 

This flushing at random leads to water damage and waste, leading to a higher monthly water service bill.

Compound flushing

Perhaps you only flush once; however, the toilet flushes twice or even 3 times. A high water level is usually the source of this problem. Changing the float control within the tank will usually fix this.

Water leaking into the bowl, or “Phantom Flushes”

A slow leakage from the tank into the bowl is the source of the problem here. A malfunctioning flapper or flapper seat is unquestionably to blame.

 

Changing a worn or broken flapper is the best solution to avoid plumbing issues. Empty the water tank, clean and check the seat, then replace the flapper.

Slow flushes

A low water level or the lift chain that links the flush handle and the flapper valve could cause a toilet only to flush partially. Loosen the lift chain to let the flapper settle properly inside the bowl.

Base leaks

The gasket made of wax between the drain pipe and the base of the unit must be replaced if your toilet leaks when flushed. This procedure requires skilled plumbing service.

The toilet is not flushing completely

  • Check if the lift chain has any slack, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Check for an appropriate water level in the tank.
  • After that, ensure that the flapper is fitted correctly and is the best size and style for your toilet.

The Bowl Empties Slow

Blocked openings under the bowl’s surface area are the most typical cause of a slow-emptying bowl, also referred to as a bad flush. To clean out any clutter, carefully jab each flush hole with a bent piece of wire.

 

If you are still unable to resolve these issues, it will be best to contact a local plumber near me.

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Tips for Fixing Typical Toilet Issues Yourself

A toilet consists of 2 major parts: the bowl unit, which rests on the flooring, and the upper storage tank that holds the water. The bowl is a solid drain piece of the fixture made from porcelain with no moving parts.

 

Few repairs involve the bowl, with only a few exceptions. On the other hand, the storage tank is where 2 essential valves exist and the handle for flushing. The storage tank is where most of the toilet repairs happen.

 

You will be surprised to learn that most toilet problems are fairly simple to fix without the need of an emergency plumber.

Running Toilet Repair

If you’ve tried out a new flapper to fix your running toilet and it still runs, don’t give up hope. Here’s a solution that makes sure it works.

 

Few home nuisances are quite as irritating as the noise of a continuously running toilet. If you hear your toilet filling up frequently, or if you hear the constant hiss of running water, the flapper might be leaking.

 

The flapper (also known as the “flush valve seal”) is the plug that falls against the drain opening (flush valve drain seat) on the bottom of the storage tank. It holds water till the next time you flush. When flappers or flush valve seats wear, water leaks out, making the water valve to open and refill the storage tank.

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Step 1: Changing Flapper

First, remove the old flapper and bring it with you to the hardware shop or home center to get an identical one.

 

Note: Occasionally, a new flapper does not fix the problem. If you have tried changing the toilet flapper, but the toilet still runs, the flush valve seat is possibly rough or pitted.

 

You can replace the complete flush toilet flapper valve; however, it’s a big task, and it may need the experience of a plumber near me.

Step 2: Flapper Kit with Flush Seat Repairing

If changing the flapper alone failed to work, search for a flapper set with a flush seat repair.

 

Note: You want to buy a Flush valve repair set. The set has a flapper and matching seat that you stick to the broken seat with the adhesive provided.

 

  • First, close the water supply to the toilet.
  • Hold the flapper open while flushing to enable the remaining water to drain from the storage tank.
  • Make use of a sponge to wipe out the water that remains entirely.
  • Follow the included directions to set up the brand-new toilet flapper valve seat.
    • Pro tip: If your toilet uses 3.5 gallons or less of water per flush, you will need a set that includes a plastic cup to change the flapper’s time to stay open. If your toilet utilizes more than this, remove the timing cup.
      Install the brand-new flapper.
  • With the flapper down, adjust the chain length, so it’s somewhat relaxed.
  • Turn on the water to check the flush.

 

Note: You may have to fiddle with the chain size to get the flapper functioning correctly.

When finished, cut off the excess chain to keep it from getting stuck under the flapper.

Broken Toilet Handle

If wiggling the toilet handle does not stop your toilet from running, any of these simple repairs possibly will.

 

A toilet handle is a primary device– only a few things can malfunction. The solution is easier than you think.

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Step 1: Loose Handle

If the handle is loose, tighten up the nut and washer inside the storage tank with a pair of pliers. Do not overtighten the nut; you could strip the threads or, even worse, damage the porcelain storage tank.

 

If the handle sticks in the down flush position, it may not be mounted properly. Loosen the nut washer, reposition the handle to align with the top of the storage tank, and re-tighten the nut.

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Step 2: Stripped Threads

If the nut does not tighten up or keeps coming loose, it’s a sign that the nut threads are stripped. For a quick fix, cover the threads on the handle screw with “plumber’s tape” or electrical tape. Then slide the washer and nut back on and tighten up the nut.

It is often best to replace the toilet handle if the threads are too damaged or broken.

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Step 3: Handle Arm

  • Look into the handle arm for problems, splits, or breaks.
  • If there are problems, replace the entire handle and arm assembly.
    • Pro tip: Remember where your handle mounts on the storage tank before purchasing a replacement handle. There are numerous kinds: front position left, front position right, front position universal, and side position.
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Tip 4: The Chain

Suppose the handle appears to be running correctly, yet the toilet still does not flush. In that case, the chain connecting the handle arm to the flapper could be detached or damaged.

    • Pro Tip: Before working on the chain, empty the storage tank, closed the water valve, and pull up on the flapper, letting the water to drain.

 

  • If the chain detaches from the handle arm, reconnect the chain from the flapper into the holes on the handle arm, utilizing the chain hook.
  • Leave a little slack in the chain.
  • If the chain detaches from the flapper, reconnect the chain to the flapper.
  • If the chain or the flapper is defective, replace it.

Toilet Buying Tips

Fed up with your old, dripping, water hog of a toilet and wish to get a new one? Today you’ll find water-efficient toilets with a variety of options. We provide these ideas for the next time you go toilet shopping.

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Insulated storage tank

If summers are damp where you live, and you don’t have air conditioning, you’ve possibly spotted your toilet “sweating” quite a bit. Condensation forming on the exterior of a toilet can drip down, making a water mess and even rotting your flooring.

 

Toilets today are made available with insulated tanks to avoid condensation problems. Look into this option if you have “sweating toilet” problems in your home.

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Bowl height

Bowl height is the distance from the flooring to the top of the toilet bowl’s rim– the typical height for toilets is 14 to 15 inches. Yet today, you’ll find toilets 16 to 18 inches high, commonly called “comfort level” or “ADA height” or something similar.

 

The added heights offered make getting on and off the toilet much more accessible and comfortable for many people, especially aging people. Toilets made for youngster heights of 10 to 14 inches are also available.

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One-piece vs. two-piece

A two-piece toilet (a separate storage tank and bowl) is the most typical design in houses. Yet one-piece designs are offered. Two-piece toilets are usually less expensive; one-piece toilets often have shorter tank and are much easier to clean up.

 

One-piece toilets are the choice of many property owners for their smooth, streamlined look.

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Cost

When it pertains to toilets, expensive does not immediately suggest better efficiency. Many of the best models we have tested were reasonably affordable and performed well. In comparison, more expensive ones were only marginal efficient.

Color

Fashion is fickle. Stick with a white or a beige color toilet to avoid being stuck to a color you’ll resent a few years later on.

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Flush-handle location

If you have a large bathroom and have ample space above or beside your toilet, this probably isn’t all that crucial. Make sure to choose a toilet with a top handle or one opposite the wall if the space is limited.

 

Buying a suitable toilet is very important, so spare yourself a return trip to the store and pay attention.

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Rough-in

“Rough-in” measurement is the distance between the flange screws that anchor the toilet bowl to the flooring and the wall surface behind the toilet. Twelve-inch “rough-ins” are the most typical; nevertheless, in some older properties, you could have 10-in. or 14-in. “rough-ins.”

 

Pro Tip: Make sure to measure your “rough-in” and account for the thickness of your baseboard, paneling, or flooring tile before you go toilet shopping.

Bowl shape

A lot of toilets marketed today have either round-front bowls or elongated-front bowls. Round-front bowls are good if the area is snug. Elongated bowls have a more extended rim– as much as 2 in. longer– and need more space.

 

On the plus side, elongated bowls are usually much comfier for adult use and help increase health and wellness. Evaluate supplier websites for bowl measurements, and measure your area before picking the bowl shape.

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Footprint

If you mount a new toilet with a smaller storage tank, you may have to repaint the part of the wall surface covered by the old toilet storage tank.

 

If your old toilet had a large footprint (the base covers a large flooring area), you might have to patch and fix the flooring part surrounded by the old toilet. You may also have to replace the entire flooring before setting up a new toilet with a smaller footprint.

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