28 Sep The Challenges of Toilet Repair
Every homeowner runs into the issue of a malfunctioning toilet sooner or later. It makes perfect sense, when you think about it.
The toilet assembly in your bathroom is a fairly complex one; much of it resides continuously submerged in water, and it is in frequent use, all year round. Naturally, components are going to wear out, resulting in the need for a fast, and efficient toilet repair job.
Parts of Your Toilet
The individual components of your toilet all need to be properly installed and in good condition, to get a reliable flush every time. These parts include:
- Handle and chain – which connects the hand you flush on the outside of the toilet tank to the mechanism inside it
- Float – which senses the amount of water in the tank during a flush and shuts off the flow when the appropriate level is reached
- Fill valve/ballcock – opens the fresh water supply when you flush, and closes when the appropriate level is reached
- Refill tube – sends a small amount of water into the toilet bowl so that it reaches the right fill level during a flush
- Flush valve gasket – located at the bottom of the tank, it forms the opening that water drops through when the toilet is flushed
- Flapper – rests against the flush valve opening; the lift chain lifts it when you flush your toilet, to allow water to leave downward
There are some different configurations and styles on the market, but to summarize, the parts are several, and they need to be set “just right” in order to work properly.
When any one of these parts wears out or fails, the result will be a toilet that does not flush properly, or, does not flush at all. Lift the tank cover, and you’ll see all the parts listed above, sitting underwater.
Perhaps nothing at all happens when you try to flush, or the water is continuously running. Time for the repair.
Repair Kit for the DIYer
There are many toilet repair kits on the market; you’ll find them at any hardware-type store. It’s important to note, however, that even the handiest of do-it-yourselfers out there may run into problems when attempting a toilet repair.
First off, is the time you’ll have to take to identify the right replacement parts or kit for your particular toilet. Not getting it right the first time means a return trip to the store, probably not the best use of anyone’s time.
Next comes the challenge of dealing with the toilet assembly itself. This means ensuring the water flow is cut off, the toilet tank is fully emptied, and the existing parts removed. Then all the new parts need to be properly installed. If it all sounds a bit time-consuming and complicated, it’s because it is.
Toilet Repair – the Professional Advantage
Here in the Markham – York Region – Greater Toronto Area, there are many toilet and plumbing repair services. You’ll find them listed online, through search engine results or service directories, or even in print advertising.
The problem, however, is that their qualifications, experience, and expertise may vary greatly. In other words, you’ll need to find one that is:
There is a great disparity in all these attributes when it comes to trades such as plumbing. It’s buyer beware – so make sure you do your homework in selecting the plumber that’s going to spend time in your bathroom, working on your toilet.
The last thing you want is an incorrect or ineffective toilet repair; worst-case scenarios would include incompetence or unpreparedness which could cause a flood or water damage to your floor or walls.
But even without a catastrophe, the need for a callback because the plumber didn’t get it right the first time is a significant annoyance and should be completely unnecessary.
Get Your Plumbing Repair Done RightThat’s the best possible advice. If you are reluctant to attempt a toilet repair yourself – and to be honest, maybe you should be – then find the right plumber to do the job. For the average homeowner, that means finding a local, qualified plumber, who specializes in residential work. Preferably, they should also be nearby; that means you get the best possible response time, versus someone driving across the city to get to you. In Markham and the surrounding area, your residential plumbing repair experts at Preferred Plumbing Solutions Inc., are here to help you, with our toilet repair needs, or any other plumbing issue you may have. The Pledge – “Right on time, right the first time”.
FAQ About Toilet Repair
My toilet is making weird noises, should I be concerned?Yes. That means the internal parts are failing and are no longer operating correctly, and you are losing water.
How long does a toilet last?It totally depends on the mineral level in the water and the voliume of us. Some toilets will need servicing or replacing at the 5 year mark, some may last 20 years.
Yes. That means the internal parts are failing and are no longer operating correctly, and you are losing water.
It totally depends on the mineral level in the water and the voliume of us. Some toilets will need servicing or replacing at the 5 year mark, some may last 20 years.