Toilets & Toilet Repair

A toilet is one of the most important pieces of hardware in your home. Without it, you’d have to go outside to use an outhouse whenever you need to use the bathroom. Fortunately, for us, those days are long gone.

However, a toilet is more than one single part. Within the toilet, there is a series of pipes as well as an internal hardware that ensures the toilet flushes properly.

A typical toilet can last for many years; however, the internal parts and the toilet itself will eventually need to be repaired and replaced. Nonetheless, you can get a few extra years of life out of your toilet with regular drain inspections and cleanings.

Toilet Repair

Problems with your toilet can usually be fixed without much hassle. Some common problems you may experience include:

  1. Frozen incoming water lines 
  2. Clogs in the drainage system
  3. The toilet won’t stop flushing
  4. The water in the back of the tank won’t drain into the bowl

Each of these problems has a simple solution. If the incoming water lines are frozen, you can run a heater near the lines until the water thaws. Minor clogs in the drainage pipes can often be cleared with a plunger, snake, or drain rod, though more severe clogs may require an experienced plumber to disassemble the pipes to remove the clog. Lastly, if the toilet won’t stop flushing or the water won’t drain into the bowl, then there’s likely an issue with the internal hardware. These parts are usually inexpensive and easy to repair.

If replacing the internal hardware doesn’t fix the problem  then the next step is having a plumber come out to inspect your toilet, water lines, and drainage system to find the real problem and fix it.

Toilet Replacement

Usually problems with a toilet can be repaired fairly easily and inexpensively, but there are times when the toilet must be replaced.

For example, sometimes a clog within the toilet becomes so severe it cannot be cleared by any method. During these unfortunate situations, the toilet will have to be replaced if a toilet repair is not possible.

Another common reason for toilet replacement is because of damage or breakage. The toilet is porcelain and quite fragile. If it is stuck by a hard object, it can chip, crack, or shatter. A minor chip or crack may not seem like much at first, but over time, they can grow and eventually lead to breakage.

If you have cracked, chipped, or broken a toilet, its best to replace it immediately. If you don’t, you may soon discover new problems popping up.

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Flush Valve Repair or Replacement

Most residential toilets in the US include a flush valve within the tank. A flush valve includes several pieces of hardware which work together to remove human waste and toilet paper from the bowl. Some of these pieces include:

  • A handle or button which acts as a trip lever. Whenever the handle is pulled or the button pressed, the flush valve activates emptying water from the tank into the bowl.
  • A lift-rod or chain, which connects the trip lever to the toilet flapper. When the trip lever is activated, it lifts the chain up, which in turn lifts the flapper and allows all the water in the tank to flow down into the bowl.
  • An overflow pipe which is usually situated in the middle of the toilet and works to prevent the tank from flooding.

The toilet flapper, which holds the water in the tank until the trip lever is pulled.

Many common problems can be fixed with a quick repair. For example, if the toilet keeps flowing long after you pull the trip lever, try loosening the chain. On the other hand, if the water isn’t flowing strongly enough to flush everything down the toilet, try tightening the chain or trip lever.

In some cases, you will have to replace the flush valve, but they’re generally inexpensive and easy to install. However, if you’ve replaced the flush valve but haven’t fixed the problem, then it’s best to call in the experts. 

Not only can an experienced plumber test your flush valve and other parts of your toilet, they inspect the entire plumbing system. This means they can find the root of the problem and fix it appropriately without all the guesswork that typically goes into DIY home repair projects.

Toilet Flapper Replacement

The toilet flapper is connected to the chain, which in turn is connected to the trip lever. When the trip lever is activated, it lifts the flapper into the air. Beneath the flapper is an open drainage pipe that leads directly from the tank to the bowl.

When the flapper is lifted, it allows the water in the tank to drain into the bowl. This water then pushes everything in the bowl down the S-trap within the toilet to prevent bad odors from lingering. When the water and waste exits the S-trap, it enters the drainage lines and heads straight for the sewer.

The toilet flapper is usually the first part of a toilet that needs to be replaced when something goes wrong. Fortunately, replacing a toilet flapper is as easy as disconnecting the old flapper from the valve and chain and then connecting the new one. However, you may need to perform a few tests to make sure that the chain is tightened properly.

If you’re unsure of whether your flapper needs to be replaced, it’s a good idea to call a plumber. They can look at the toilet flapper and the rest of the toilet to determine what needs to be replaced, what can be repaired, and whether or not you have a deeper problem within the incoming water lines or drainage system.  Toilet repair in Indianapolis is as easy as calling Coopers Water & Plumbing.

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