Plumbing problems are to be expected at some point, but homeowners can’t always afford to turn to a professional, especially when the issue is something minor. Troubleshooting your toilet is often easier than you think. Carefully examining these common problems will let you know whether you can perform a quick DIY fix, or if you need to enlist the help of a professional.
Leaks and Cracks
It’s always alarming to find water in the bathroom where you don’t expect it. If there’s water on or under the toilet tank, you need to find out where it’s coming from. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the water on the floor becomes colored, your tank is leaking and you need a professional. If the water on the outside of the tank is still clear, it’s just natural condensation.
A Faulty Flapper Valve
A leaky or damaged flapper valve can cause your toilet to run constantly or periodically flush on its own. If you’re plagued by these ongoing annoyances, the first thing you should do is check the flapper valve. If the rubber flapper is worn, replacing this part can quickly solve your problem. If the valve appears to be in good shape, check for obstructions such as a chain that’s too long or a toilet bowl cleaner dispenser that’s in the way.
If your toilet is clogged, the first thing you should do is open the toilet tank and prop up the fill valve to stop the toilet from overflowing. Troubleshooting your toilet for a clog is easy, but solving the issue can be more difficult. For minor clogs, a plunger should do the trick. If the plunger isn’t helping, you may have a serious sewer line issue that requires the attention of a plumber.
For more information on troubleshooting your toilet, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve served the Traverse City area for more than 30 years and can help you improve your plumbing, enhance your home’s water supply, fix common problems, and more.
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