Is It Time For a Toilet Repair?

All About Your Toilet

Is your toilet functioning well or are you experiencing water leaking in your bathroom? Leaking water in the bathroom when the faucet, shower, bath, and toilet are not being used indicates a plumbing system problem. Although toilets are built to take a lot of use and some abuse, they can still fail.  Sometimes a toilet repair is a simple do-it-yourself project, although on other occasions, you may need a professional plumber, like Henco Plumbing Services, to fix the problem.

If you have a plumbing problem that you cannot fix yourself, call Henco Plumbing at 360-773-8039 so we can schedule an appointment to inspect your plumbing issues and get your plumbing fixed right away.

Don’t know if you need toilet repair or a toilet replacement? Here’s some information from Adept Plumbing listing some of the signs that your toilet needs replacement.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Out With The Old: Four Signs It’s Time To Give Your Toilet Its Final Flush

There’s no doubt about it: your toilet is an essential component of your home. But while toilets are made from sturdy materials and can often last several decades, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Here are four signs it’s time to give your old toilet one final flush — and replace it with a newer model.

1. It’s Leaking onto the Floor 
If you notice water dripping onto the floor around your toilet, first check to make sure the water supply tube, which leads into the toilet near its base, is tightened. If the leaking continues even after you tighten the supply tube, then your toilet’s wax seal, which sits between the toilet and the floor, may be broken. There may also be cracks in the tank or bowl, allowing water to slowly drip onto the floor.

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Toilet performance has changed considerably over the years. We now have excellent water saving toilets that function very well. If you have an older toilet, or one that is using a lot of water, you should look into new toilet technology. This article, from Family Handyman has some excellent material on the new highly efficient toilets for the home.

Updated Toilets Save Water

In 1994 Congress decided to conserve water by requiring toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. It was a good idea, but when manufacturers came out with their first water-saving models, they hadn’t yet figured out how to make toilets perform as well as before (most toilets at that time used 3.5 gallons or more). So homeowners got stuck with toilets that require two or even three flushes to clear and clean the bowl. These wimpy toilets plug up more often too. Their design is poor and there isn’t much you can do to improve them. The only real solution is a new toilet.

Manufacturers have refined old designs and developed entirely new systems to make water-saving toilets work better. But there are still some weak flushers out there, so do some research before you buy. When you’re shopping, you’ll find three types of flushing systems. Before you buy anything, check the latest testing results by doing an internet search for “toilet performance tests.”

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Sometimes your toilet simply gets clogged and you want to DIY the situation and fix it yourself. Since most clogged toilets can be repaired fairly easily, this video can be helpful.
Video: How To Repair a Clogged Toilet

 

Have you ever considered how a toilet actually does its job? Most people don’t, until something goes wrong. Home Tips has an interesting article about the workings of the typical toilet. Read this information if you really must know all about toilet functionality. If your toilet is not running smoothly – it’s time for a toilet repair.

How A Toilet Works

How a Toilet Works And Toilet Plumbing Diagrams

Start by familiarizing yourself with the basic workings of a toilet. Refer to the illustration at right. A toilet has two main parts—the tank and the bowl. The bowl holds water and connects to the drain for disposing of waste water and waste. The tank, which sits up behind the bowl, contains reserve water for refilling the bowl plus the devices for flushing clean water into the bowl and refilling the tank. One of these devices—called a ballcock—is connected to the water supply and controls delivery of water to the tank. When the tank’s water rapidly drops down into the bowl (upon a flush), the pressure causes the bowl’s waste water to go down the drain. The drop in water level is sensed by a float, ball, or pressure gauge, and this triggers the ballcock to refill the tank.
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In most situations, you should be able to unclog your toilet and make minor parts replacements. However, if your toilet continues to use too much water, or it continues to “run” following your repair efforts, there may something serious occurring. Your toilet may require professional repair or replacement. At Henco Plumbing Services, we know how to remove and install old and broken toilets from homes. We can install a new toilet for your bathroom remodel and we can install brand new toilets in new home construction. We have plenty of experience with many of the top brands used in today’s modern plumbing. And remember – Henco Plumbing is your local Toilet Repair Service.

Call us at 360-773-8039 or use the form to Contact Us. We will set up an appointment for you so we can inspect your plumbing situation then provide you with a free quote for services. We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your consumer safety. We also offer a 100% Workmanship Guarantee so you can be assured you will be happy with our services.

Sources: Toilet Repair and Replacement

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