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Toilets – Unclog, Snake, Repair, Install

The toilet serves a basic function in every home but until it clogs, breaks or leaks we don’t think much about it. Functional and effective toilets are a vital part of healthy environment, so toilet repairs cannot be delayed.

Toilets are designed for convenience and hygiene, but they are not immune to issues like clogs and leaks. Some people will tackle many toilet issues themselves, but most clogs need expert attention. Clogs often start way down in the sewer system. Many blockages originate from root balls and other sewer line issues. Sometimes, a plumber will have no alternative but to replace pipes along the way. Call a plumber out to do the job and you could avoid future clogs in a single visit.

The plumbers at Guaranteed Plumbing have the training and the tools to find the cause of the problem and can sort it out once and for all.

Toilet Repair Problems

Toilet repair problems can vary in complexity, from simple fixes that homeowners can handle to more challenging issues, requiring professional plumbing assistance. Here are some common toilet repair problems:

  • Clogged Toilet: This is one of the most frequent toilet issues. It occurs when too much toilet paper or other debris becomes lodged in the toilet drain, preventing proper flushing. A plunger or wire hanger is often used to clear the blockage.
  • Running Toilet: A running toilet continuously refills the tank and wastes water. This issue is often caused by a faulty flapper, fill valve, or float assembly.
  • Leaking Toilet: Water leaks around the base of the toilet can damage your flooring, so address them promptly. A damaged wax ring or a loose or cracked toilet flange can cause leaks.
  • Weak Flush: When a toilet’s flush is weak, it may not effectively clear the bowl. The cause may be low water pressure, a partially closed water supply valve, or flush valve issues.
  • The Toilet Won’t Flush: If nothing happens when you push the flush lever, there may be an issue with the lift chain, flush handle, or flush valve.
  • Slow-Filling Tank: A clogged fill valve or water supply issues may cause a toilet tank to fill very slowly.
  • Noisy Toilet: Strange noises when flushing may indicate issues with the fill valve, flush valve, or water pressure.
  • Overflowing Toilet: The water level rising close to the toilet rim or overflowing onto the floor, could result from a clog, malfunctioning fill valve, or blocked vent pipe.
  • Condensation:Condensation on the outside of the toilet tank can lead to water puddles. It happens when a difference in the water temperature inside the tank and air in the room.
  • Cracked Toilet Bowl or Tank: A crack in the porcelain can lead to leaks. You may have to replace the entire toilet.
  • Unstable Toilet: Loose bolts or a damaged wax ring can cause your toilet to wobble.
  • Odor Issues: A wax ring seal problem or a blocked vent pipe can cause a persistent unpleasant odor in or around the toilet.
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DIY repairs should work for simple toilet repairs. It is advisable to seek professional assistance for more complex or uncertain issues.

Clogged Toilet Causes and Preventions

Understanding what causes toilet clogs can help you prevent future clogs. Here are the most common causes of clogged toilets:

  1. Excessive Toilet Paper: Using too much toilet paper or using thick, non-dissolvable toilet paper can lead to clogs. While toilet paper is designed to break down in water, excessive paper can accumulate and block the drain.
  2. Flushing Non-Flushable Items: Flushing items that should not be disposed of in the toilet is a major cause of clogs. Non-flushable items include feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, paper towels, cotton balls, and dental floss. These materials do not break down easily in water and can lead to blockages.
  3. Foreign Objects: Accidentally dropping items into the toilet can cause clogs. These items may get lodged in the trap or further down the drain.
  4. Excessive Hair: Hair can accumulate in the drain and combine with soap scum, leading to clogs over time. Regular drain cleaning and using a drain cover can help prevent this.
  5. Mineral Buildup: Hard water contains minerals that can accumulate in the toilet’s trap and drain, reducing the flow of water and leading to clogs. Regular cleaning and water softeners mitigate buildup.
  6. Tree Roots: Tree roots can infiltrate underground sewer lines and cause blockages in the sewer lines.
  7. Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure can make it difficult for the toilet to flush waste and toilet paper effectively, leading to clogs.
  8. Old or Faulty Plumbing: Older plumbing systems with narrow pipes or damaged pipes are more prone to clogs. Cracked or collapsed pipes can hinder the flow of waste, increasing the likelihood of clogs.
  9. Sewer Line Issues: Occasionally, clogs in one toilet may be a symptom of a larger problem with the main sewer line. Tree roots, pipe damage, or blockages in the main sewer line can affect multiple plumbing fixtures in the house.
Clogged Toilet Causes and Preventions

Prevent unpleasant toilet clogs with responsible flushing practices and regular maintenance. If you experience frequent toilet clogs, you may have a larger plumbing issue. It is advisable to consult a professional plumber for a proper assessment and resolution.

Unclogging Your Toilet Bowl

Clogs are one of the most common toilet-related issues, often causing inconvenience and frustration. While a plunger can often do the trick for minor clogs, more stubborn blockages may require professional intervention.

  1. Plunging Your Way to Success: For minor clogs, reach for rubber gloves and a trusty toilet plunger. Place the plunger cup over the drain hole, creating a tight seal, and use a firm, rhythmic motion to dislodge the obstruction.
  2. Chemical Solutions: In some cases, chemical drain cleaners will break clogs down. However, use chemicals with caution, as excessive use can be harmful to your plumbing. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Professional Expertise: For an effective solution nothing beats a professional plumber. Plumbers have the tools and experience to handle stubborn clogs without damaging your toilet, messing in the bathroom, or wasting time.
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Snaking Clogged Toilet

Snaking Your Clogged Toilet

When a plunger and chemical solutions fail to resolve the issue, a toilet snake, also known as an auger, might be the next step. A drain augur, or plumber’s snake is a mechanical tool used to clear blockages. It has a long, flexible cable or metal tube with a coiled, corkscrew-like auger bit at one end.

  1. Using a Plumbing Snake: A plumbing snake is a flexible tool that can navigate deep into the drain to access stubborn clogs. Carefully push the snake, turn the handle to maneuver around the blockage, and then withdraw the snake slowly. The augur can break up the blockage into smaller more manageable bits or you can pull the blockage out using the augur. This method is often effective for more challenging clogs.
  2. Professional Assistance: If you are uncomfortable using a plumbing snake or are unable to remove the clog, a professional plumber with the right equipment and expertise can quickly help you out.

At Guaranteed Plumbing, we’ll clear your clogged toilet no matter how tough it is. If snaking doesn’t do it, we can progress to hydro-jetting your sewer pipeline. Hydro-jetting uses high pressure water to scrub the pipe interior. In professional hands hydro-jetting is a highly effective method for clearing blockages. At Guaranteed Plumbing we’ve embraced all available technologies so we can access and clear your drains without having to dig up your yard.

Installing a New Toilet Bowl and Tank: Upgrade for Efficiency

If you’re remodeling your bathroom or upgrading to a more water-efficient toilet, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The engineers in the sanitaryware industry have been hard at work and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Choose the Right Toilet

Choose a toilet base and tank that suits your bathroom design and water-saving goals. Modern toilets often come equipped with water-saving features to reduce consumption, so you can save money on your water bill.

There are also a host of toilet designs to choose from. Some toilets are tailored to take less space and others will accommodate disabled or taller people. Some are floor-mounted and others are mounted to the wall. There are even toilets with night lights and warm water rinse systems.

Professional Installation

Toilet installation is a job for a professional plumber. A licensed plumber will ensure that your new toilet is correctly seated, preventing leaks and other issues.c

Newer toilets flush efficiently without using as much water as older toilets. Do your bit for the environment. Install a water-efficient toilet for sustainability and money savings.

Installing a New Toilet Bowl

Call the Experts to Unclog Your Toilet

Whether you’re dealing with clogs, snaking, repairs, or a new toilet installation, proper care can prevent costly toilet issues. As a homeowner, you may be able to address some problems on your own but don’t mess with your toilet. A clogged bowl may be the external symptom of a bigger underlying problem like clogged sewer lines.

The skilled plumbers at Guaranteed Plumbing have the technology and working know-how to diagnose the root cause of the blockages. The plumbing solution may extend beyond clearing the clog.

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