Diagnose Your Toilet Problems
One minute your toilet may flushing away normally, and the next minute it is running on endlessly, or showing low water pressure when it is flushed, or producing an annoying dripping sound. Here are some tips for diagnosing what the problem may be so you can help your plumber fix it fast.
Check your toilet for unseen leaks.
- Add about five drops of food coloring into the toilet water, and if the color disappears after a half hour, chances are the toilet has a leak.
- Get on your hands and knees and look all over your toilet to see if there are any cracks that may be causing a leak.
Check that your toilet is flushing correctly.
- If you are forced to hold down and/or jiggle the lever after flushing, you may need to replace old tank parts.
- Turn the water supply valve for your toilet on and off a few times to ensure that water is flowing through smoothly, and not sporadically.
- Hard water deposits may be covering up the swirl holes, so you can try inserting toothpicks with a strong muriatic acid-based cleanser into these holes. Let sit for a half hour, then flush.
- If your toilet is making a dripping sound after it has filled back up with water, it may be because the tube that runs from the bottom of the valve to the top of the toilet tube’s overflow has dropped down, and is syphoning excess water. Just attach a little toilet clip to the overflow tube.
Check if your toilet has possible clogs.
- If gurgling water sounds can be heard from your bathtub or your sink every time you flush, then it is possible the toilet vent pipe is clogged. It is tricky to check this: it requires a flashlight shown through the rooftop vent pipe, and is best left to professionals.
- If your water level has dropped in the bowl after a bit of time after a successful flush, then it could be clogged toilet paper in the colon of the toilet bowl. If you are brave and want to check, when the water level is low, empty out the rest of the water, and use a mirror and a flashlight to peek up inside the toilet’s colon.
- Should your toilet have a weak flush, it can be due to a clog. Try filling up a large bucket of water and pouring it into the toilet quickly. Then flush. If the water backs up into the bowl and drains slowly, it is a clog.
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If these toilet diagnoses have alerted you to the fact that your toilet does indeed have a major issue that you cannot fix yourself, do not delay in contacting our expert technicians at 619-472-2112. Our highly trained, friendly plumbers will assess the situation and determine the exact cause of your toilet troubles, fixing it right there on the spot. Also be sure to check out our website at www.perryplumbing.com for cost-saving coupons and discounts. We won several plumbing contractor awards including Contractor magazine’s “Contractor of the Year” Award for 2015.