Toilet Trouble? When to Call a Plumber

Professional PlumbingTypically, we don’t call a plumber out for every little issue- we try to make the repairs ourselves. Toilet repair is usually no different, and we can replace rings, seals, and floats with ease. However, some projects need more expertise or specialized tools to complete. Below, we help you decipher which of the most common toilet problems to tackle alone and which to call in reinforcements for.

Flushing Problems

Whether your toilet is phantom flushing, double flushing, or only partially flushing, the problem is typically in the flapper. Observing the flapper while the toilet is flushing can confirm the problem, and a new flapper can be installed easily without a professional.

When to Call a Plumber:

If your toilet has a weak flush, it could be hard water sediment build up. This problem can be repaired with an acidic solvent, usually muriatic acid poured into the tank. However, these solutions can be very dangerous and have toxic fumes, so it’s better left to a professional.

Leaking Water

A leaky toilet usually means a broken seal, either at the base of the tank or at the floor. Simply replacing the correct seal bought from a home supply store can alleviate the problem completely.

When to Call a Plumber:

If you find that neither seal is leaking, there could be a hairline crack in your bowl or tank. Unfortunately, the only true way to correct this problem is by replacing the toilet. This will involve connection to water and plumbing lines and should be left to an expert to ensure proper installation and seal.

Clogged Toilets

Toilet clogs can easily be fixed by dispensing a store-bought solution and flushing. Snakes are also available for those stubborn clogs and can be rented from most home supply stores.

When to Call a Plumber:

If it seems that your toilet is always clogged, there may be a deeper problem like clogged sewer lines or sediment buildup within your pipes. A professional can track the problem and deliver repair options to completely fix the problem for good.

Before attempting repairs on your own, it’s always a good idea to consult with a plumbing technician to prevent costly damage. When you need plumbing advice, or if your plumbing problem requires a professional, call Grateful Plumber to schedule your consultation.