It’s Time to Talk About Your Toilet

Well, not really. But we would like to talk about a few simple ways to keep your toilet flushing as it was designed to do. After all, it gets a workout every day of the year, and things can and do go wrong. But there are things you can repair on your own, which can help you save some money.

Let’s start at the top – with the tank. This is where the most problems occur. If you hear the tank constantly running, there’s a leak in your tank. To confirm this, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If you see colored water in the bowl, you have a leak.

You can buy parts to replace the tank components at any home improvement store, and they’re relatively inexpensive. First thing is to see if you can fix your problem by adjusting the length of the lever wire or the positioning of the ball in your tank. If these remedies don’t work, you’ll need to replace some items.

The biggest culprit is the “flapper valve.” That’s the piece that opens and closes to let water into the bowl. Over time, it can deteriorate. If it doesn’t seal completely, your toilet will run non-stop. To replace it, empty the tank by turning off the water and flushing the toilet one time.

The other bad boy in the toilet is the float system. If it doesn’t go back into where it’s supposed to rest, the toilet will continuously run. To replace the float system, drain the tank the same way as with the flapper valve. Loosen the big nut at the base of the system and remove the entire piece. Since there are different styles available, you may want to take yours into the home improvement center when buying a new one to make sure you’re buying the right one.

By completing these simple repairs on your own, you can keep your toilet running properly, and save some money in the process. If you do need professional help, or want to install a new toilet, call Plumber Edmonton at 587-672-0799.