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A Customer’s Approach to Toilet Maintenance

There are a lot of things about toilets that customers might not be aware of. For instance, did you know that toilets use just gravity to flush waste? They’re really ingenious inventions and we want to make sure that everyone who reads our blog is taking good care of their toilet. The truth is that there are some components of a toilet that might wear down faster than others, and we think it’s important that customers be aware of what they can deal with and what they might need help with.

There are also a few guidelines that we need to start with, since a toilet that’s handled incorrectly could end up leaking and causing a pretty serious plumbing problem that needs to be fixed. So, this blog post is about making sure things are done the right way.

If you’re unsure as to how to replace certain parts of your toilet, or you need help, you can always call our team for toilet repairs in Bloomington, IL.

The Sensitive Components of a Toilet

Let’s start by talking about the sensitive components of a toilet. Your toilet’s tank and bowl are actually quite robust, and they’re designed to last for at least 10 years without any major problems. However, the interior components of your toilet tank, like the fill valve or the floater, can wear down only after 5 years or so.

That’s mainly because they’re basically sitting in your water for most of every day. They’re usually also designed out of plastic or rubber, so they’re just not built to be as robust as other components. But–this means they’re also the cheapest components to replace!

Let’s talk about how a few issues might crop up and why these sensitive components are usually the culprits.

The Toilet Won’t Flush

If the toilet won’t flush, then that could be a simple problem with the handle chain not connecting to the flush valve, which is the rubber stopper at the bottom of the tank. Open up the tank and make sure they’re connected. If they are, then the problem might be more complicated, like water not coming from your intake water line.

The Toilet Keeps Running

If the toilet keeps running, then you could have a problem with the flush valve not stopping the water with a complete seal. Or, you could have the floater too high which is causing water to flush out due to overfill. Just make sure you turn off the water before you do anything, since you don’t want to waste any water until you’re sure the problem is fixed.

The Water Line Is Leaking

If you’re noticing a leak coming from the intake water line that leads into your toilet, then that’s a pretty serious concern. We don’t recommend trying to fix this on your own, and we highly advise you to call a professional plumber.

Additional Problems

Look, any number of problems can occur to your toilet. Unless you’re a plumbing professional like we are, you can’t expect yourself to be able to figure them all out. So, call our team and let us lend you a hand! We’ll be able to ensure that your toilet components are working properly and we’ll even diagnose some of those more hard-to-find problems so that you don’t have to. It’s important to work together with a plumber, since we’re more like an ally or a resource than just someone to hire.

Do yourself a favor and call Pipeworks Inc. for your toilet repair needs!

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