Taming Toilet Troubles: Common Repairs

You can rely on your bathroom plumbing system for a lot of things. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to effectively take a shower or use the restroom with ease. Modern plumbing has made life incredibly convenient and it’s hard to imagine life without it.

A lot of us take our bathroom plumbing for granted, not thinking about the mechanics behind it or how effectively our plumbing systems supply us with fresh and clean water and dispose of wastewater to our city’s wastewater management company. You probably don’t think about your bathroom plumbing much at all, until of course something goes wrong.

Troubleshooting Your Toilet

One of the most common calls we receive is requests for Denver, CO bathroom plumbing services due to a malfunctioning or out-of-use toilet. There are many factors that can impact the performance of your toilet. In the best-case scenarios, it’s a clog that you can simply remove with a standard plunger. Although it could very well be something a bit more serious that requires the services of a professional plumber.

  • A Weak Flusher: This is actually a problem plaguing many 1.6 gallon flush toilets designed between January 1994 through 1997. Check your toilets manufacturer date, and if yours was built during this time, consider a toilet replacement. Toilets built prior to 1994 could also experience problems that cause a weak flusher—hard water deposits in the siphon jet hold or the angled bowl rim can create this issue. Be sure to talk to one of our professional plumbers if you suspect this is the problem.
  • Partial Flush: Let’s say that your toilet is flushing all right, but it’s only partially doing so. This can be caused by a waterlogged flapper valve, which is dropping too fast. The flapper valve should stay up until approximately 80% or more of the water has drained from your toilet’s tank. If it drops sooner, then you need a new flapper installation
  • A Drop in Bowl Water Levels: Have you noticed that after a period of time, a significant amount of water has left your toilet bowl? In the absence of a dog that has snuck into your bathroom and used your toilet has his personal water dish, you could have a couple of things wrong. Water might be slowly siphoning from the bowl due to partial clog, or it less common cases, the bowl might have a crack in the interior colon or piping.
  • A Whistling Sound While Tank Fills: Older toilets are equipped with a ball cock valve that includes a ball float on the end of a rod. As this ball floats higher, it begins to close the water fill valve. This can create vibrations and subsequent noises. While this can be more of a nuisance than an actual problem with your plumbing, you can resolve it by investing in a toilet upgrade. Typically toilets that are 20 years or older will experience this issue.

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