Toilets flush waste through the drain line to the sewer main on residential properties before the wastewater is transported to municipal facilities. These systems aren’t invulnerable to developing problems due to their frequent usage on a daily basis, and because of this, our team at Roto-Rooter has developed services and solutions for fixing toilets quickly and efficiently.
The Problems With Toilets That Can Be Fixed
At Roto-Rooter, our years of experience working with toilets and repairing them as given us vital information on how to approach solving the different problems that we encounter. Various problems that we can easily fix include:
- Weak Flushing
If your toilet is only flushing weakly, the problem could lie with its age or hard water buildup. It’s most likely that the siphon jet hole or the rim swirl holes will be affected if your toilet was built before 1994. To remove the buildup, muriatic acid will be used by mixing it with water and then having it poured down the overflow tube. Because of the hazardous nature of the acid, it’s recommended to have a professional perform this job. The fumes of the acid are also toxic, so the bathroom fan will need to be turned on as well as opening windows. The solution will need to sit in the tank for roughly 30 minutes before being flushed out. However, this process cannot be used with a toilet that is connected to the septic system. The toilet will need to be disassembled and the acid process performed outside.
- Partial Flushing
A partial flush could indicate that the flapper valve is waterlogged and could be dropping too fast. The flapper should stay upright 80% of the time while water is being drained from the toilet. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to have it replaced. It’s also possible to experience a phantom flush, which occurs when the water level rises in the bowl as if it had just been flushed. This generally means that the flapper isn’t sealing completely and also needs a replacement.
- Suction Sounds
Suction sounds from the tub or bathroom sink when the toilet is flushed implies that there is a clog in the vent pipe. It can be caused by old buildup or miscellaneous items that may have been accidentally flushed. This will require the services of a professional so that they can perform an inspection of the pipe and then use an efficient cleaning process to remove the blockage.
- Low Water Level
If the water level in the toilet bowl is lower than usual, this may be due to a partial clog siphoning water out of the bowl. A second possibility, if removing the clog didn’t resolve the problem, could be that there is a crack in the colon or piping of the bowl. If this is the case, then the bowl will need to be replaced.
- Dripping Sounds
Dripping sounds after the tank has been filled could mean that a new tank valve was improperly set. It could also mean that the small tube that runs from the bottom of the valve to the overflow tube has been shifted and it siphoning up water when it shouldn’t. If that’s the case, typically this tube just needs to be reattached to a clip that is a part of the tank valve.
Call Roto-Rooter For Fast & Effective Toilet Repairs In California
If you are experiencing any of these toilet problems or symptoms, please call our professionals at Roto-Rooter to help you resolve the problem. Our experienced and friendly staff are eager to help all of our residential homeowners and apartment complex tenants live comfortably.