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Malfunctioning Toilets and How to Repair Them

The toilets in your Gresham home get a lot of use, so you've probably had to deal with toilet complications before. With toilet problems come the risk of water damage, so you should contact a plumber as soon as plumbing complications get out of hand. Generally, when a toilet flushes, a chain lifts the flapper valve, allowing water from the tank to enter the toilet bowl through the flush valve. As water enters the bowl, the waste water inside exits through the main drain, and the flapper valve closes. The tank refills until the float ball turns off the fill valve. Understanding how your toilet normally functions can help you diagnose any complications you may encounter.

4 Common Toilet Problems

  • Overflowing – Many homeowners have been startled by the sight of their toilets overflowing but knowing what to do in this situation before it happens can prevent further damage to your home. When you notice that water is pouring out of the toilet bowl, turn off the valve behind the base of the toilet immediately. Remove the lid from the tank to ensure that the rubber flapper is closed, and if it's not, push it in place to keep more water from entering the bowl. If this method doesn't work, lift the float ball so that the refill valve shuts off. Once you've turned off the valve, you can breathe a little easier, but make sure to clean up the mess in your bathroom right way. Your toilet may have overflowed because it's clogged, and if this is the case, you'll want to call your plumber over to check it out.
  • Refilling – Your toilet might refill randomly, even if you didn't flush it. This problem is often called a “phantom flush,” a flush resulting from water leaking slowly from the tank to the bowl. Phantom flushes are typically caused by damaged flappers or flapper seats.
  • Low Water Level – The water level may be low when you peer into the toilet bowl, and this problem may be caused by a toilet paper clog or a cracked bowl.
  • Clogging – Toilets clog frequently, and when they do, the clogging usually leads to more problems that will need to be addressed by a plumber. A weak flush can indicate clogging in the holes underneath the rim of the toilet bowl. You'll need to remove the debris from each flush hole with a coat hanger wire without scratching the bowl. If you notice a clogged drain, fix it with a force-cup plunger, and if this tool doesn't work, use a closet auger.

Don't wait until you have an overflowing toilet to make sure the toilets in your Gresham home are functioning properly. Keep an eye on how your toilets are running and contact a plumber at Mick's Plumbing if you require assistance.

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