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How do You Handle a Clogged or Leaky Toilet?

How do You Handle a Clogged or Leaky Toilet?

In the civilized world of indoor plumbing the toilet is one of the most important parts of the plumbing in your home to help keep your waste moving the way it should. As a huge step up from the days of the outhouse and the need to freeze in the winter because the need to relieve yourself meant a walk of nearly fifty yards to the tiny and rickety building that could be full of bugs or rodents, your toilet can cause you some headaches at times.

When a toilet becomes clogged typically the first thing you reach for is a plunger. Hopefully this works for you to relieve the clog and have your toilet operating perfectly once again, but there are times when the simple plunger won’t do the trick and you need to have additional and professional help to have the waste line moving in the right direction once again. This can become a messy and ultimately disgusting job and not something you want to take on yourself, unless you happen to be a plumber.

When the toilet clog you have is much more involved than the simple plunger can handle you should call the caring and professional team of Flow Plumbing & Drain. This team of expert plumbers is on call to help you have your toilet working properly once again. In a home where there are children and even pets most major clogs that get beyond the actual toilet can be caused by the wrong materials being put down the toilet and then flushed. If the items is stuck in the toilet plumbing you may need to replace the bowl in order to have your system work right again, but you should allow the professionals to take a look and let you know what to do.

At Flow Plumbing & Drain they have experienced just about everything you can imagine in a toilet that is backed up. From a large amount of paper towels that has to be moved to have the waste flow to clothing, toys, jewelry and even pests that can find their way into the waste pluming system. With this team of professionals on hand you will certainly have your toilet working once again so that you can get back to doing your business in privacy and with the confidence of every flush.

Another problem faced with toilets is having one that leaks. If your toilet seems to take too long to fill or never stops filling you have a leak somewhere. This can cause you to have a much higher water bill than normal and end up wasting a huge amount of water until this is fixed. There are a few things you should do on your own before you call a plumber, but if you still have a persistent leak, it may be a good idea to let the professionals at Flow Plumbing & Drain take a look at your toilet.

What you can do to check for leaks is open the tank and make sure the water is not flowing over the overflow pipe. If the water level becomes higher than this pipe it will not stop flowing because it will run down the pipe and out through the bowl. Adjust the fill valve by turning the screw to adjust the ball cock or flow indicator until the water stops at least an inch below the top of the overflow pipe. This adjustment helps to alleviate any major leaking and will help you hear a toilet that has stopped filling.

Another problem you could have is a leaking ball or flapper. In order to test this you should put a few drops of food coloring into the tank once the tank has stopped filling. Wait approximately fifteen minutes and check the bowl to see if the water has changed color. If it has you have a leaking flapper or ball and they need to be replaced to keep from having a continuous leak in your toilet. If you don’t feel confident enough to replace these parts you can always call the team at Flow Plumbing & Drain to replace them for you.

While some plumbing fixes are as simple as using a plunger to push waste down the pipe or adjust the flow valve of a toilet, other repairs require the assistance of a master plumber. Let Flow Plumbing & Drain get to the bottom of the problems you have with your toilet so you can get back to enjoying the wonders of indoor plumbing and the fact that you don’t have to walk outside to the building that is positioned over a hole in the ground to do your business.

How do You Handle a Clogged or Leaky Toilet?

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