Were you aware that household leaks can account for over 10,000 gallons of water each year? And one of the most common places for these leaks to occur is in the bathroom—particularly from the toilet. Fortunately, you can count on our team for quality Sterling, VA toilet repairs. We’ve dealt with plumbing issues of many varieties and can effectively resolve yours. In the meantime though, we’ve shared below some other common toilet troubles—aside from leaks—that you might run into, and what you can do to potentially avoid some other common toilet problems.
Common Toilet Troubles
The moment you suspect something wrong with your toilet that can’t be easily resolved with a standard plunger, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Here are some common toilet troubles we get calls for.
- Excessive Running: This may seem like nothing more than a minor annoyance, but it’s actually the sign of a larger problem. If your toilet continuously runs, then you are wasting water, which means you’re paying for water that you aren’t actually using.
- Persistent Leaks: Did you notice a pool of water near your toilet base and clean it up, only to discover the same issue hours later? This is likely the result of a toilet leak, probably at the point of some connection. A damaged wax ring could be to blame, or a cracked gasket at the tank bolt.
- Incomplete Flushing: Is the toilet failing to flush powerfully or completely? This may be the result of a low water level in the tank, or due to too much slack in the lift chain.
Can You Prevent Toilet Problems?
Perhaps not all of them, but there are definitely steps you can take to reduce the chances that you’ll run into costly or complex toilet issues.
- Don’t Put Anything but Toilet Paper Down the Toilet: One of the biggest mistakes people make in regards to their toilet is treating it like a trash can. The only paper product that should be flushed is toilet paper. Even wipes labeled as “flushable” can create clogs and other subsequent problems.
- Don’t Tackle Plumbing Problems on Your Own. The issue is, many homeowners assume that some problems can be easily repaired, and therefore try to handle it on their own. Unfortunately, you may end up doing more harm than good, or causing another problem with your toilet that was never there to begin with.
- Avoid Using Drop-In Toilet Fresheners. This may be a well-intentioned product, but unfortunately they often contain chemicals that wear out working parts within the toilet tank, causing corrosion and eventual leaks.
Remember, even if you have your bathroom plumbing regularly maintained and follow the above advice, you may still run into toilet troubles. Unfortunately that’s part of owning a home, but fortunately you have an expertly trained team on your side!
AllTech Services, Inc. has earned a reputation for customer loyalty, competence, and value. Whether you’re in need of quality bathroom plumbing services or have HVAC needs, you can contact us for a solution.