Toilet 911: A Comode in Crisis

It can be the most temperamental fixture of a home. And it can become pretty costly if not running at full capacity. In fact, nothing screams “home emergency” quite like a faulty toilet. Whether it fails to flush, backs up, leaks or continuously runs, toilet repair ranks at the top of the home repair priority list.

The following are problems you’re most likely to encounter at some point with your commode, and the most common remedies.

Clogging
If your basic plunger doesn’t do the trick, a toilet auger will usually take care of the tough clogs. If not, it’s time to give us a call. And if the clogging occurs on a frequent basis, you may need to limit what you flush down your toilet or upgrade to a power-flush model.

Leaking
This is where it gets tricky. If there’s water on the floor around your toilet, it could be a number of things: condensation from your tank, a leak in the incoming water pipes, a damaged toilet gasket or simply a toilet bowl assembly that has become jarred. First, check the tank for condensation and look at any visible pipes and connections for leaks. However, if the leak is hidden it may be beyond your ability to find and fix.

Running
Running toilets are usually the easiest to repair and manage. Begin by lifting the tank lid off the back of your toilet. Oftentimes it’s a broken seal that keeps the toilet valve from letting water into it after the tank has refilled. Or it could be that the flap, fill valve or chain has fallen into disrepair. Through a quick assembly inspection, you should be able to determine which part needs to be replaced. Just be sure to cut off the toilet’s water supply before replacing the toilet part.

Sometimes it’s an easy fix. Sometimes it’s complicated. When it comes to the commode, it’s almost always urgent. Rest assured, when you call us, you and your toilet will be sitting pretty again in no time.