Bathroom Plumbing Woes: Your Toilet

We spoke with reputable plumbing contractor Absolute Draining & Plumbing from Toronto who explained to us the ins, and outs, of bathroom plumbing. Every once in while (or every other year) someone will ask me to help fix their house, and usually their home is in quite the state of disrepair. Most people may simply look at their home and think that since it doesn’t look like new all it needs is a new paint job. While in some circumstances this is correct, and for some of these people what they really need is a bucket of soapy water, a good sponge, and some elbow grease unfortunately for most this is not the case. One area in particular where things can run amok is in the plumbing in the bathroom, and for anyone that’s ever painted a bathroom before you know that you get a good close up look at the toilet so that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

Bathroom Plumbing – Toilet Flappers

So onto the true meaning of this post, flush toilets. The problem most people encounter with the flush on their toilet is that the flappers break down and causes issues. This is almost always a problem with wear and tear, or ‘over-use’ depending on how you want to look at it. Since a toilet is made to be used, and your diet will usually dictate the amount it’s used, you should know a couple of things about how to do simple repairs on them. Toilet repairs need not confuse or befuddle you, sometimes if you toilet is running all that you need to do is jiggle the handle to re-seat the flapper, stopping water from flowing back into the toilet bowl. However, if you have a problem more sever you should probably call a your nearby plumbing company to handle the problem for you.

Interior of a toilet can be a tumultuous place.
Interior of a toilet can be a tumultuous place.

Anti-sweat Valves

Most of the time you may want to contact a professional plumber to make sure that your toilet is, in fact, fully operational. You will always want to do this is you have troubles such as water leaking from around the base, or if you see any serious moisture on the side of the toilet, it is possible to install a special gadget called an anti-sweat valve to provide a small trickle of hot water to the toilet thus preventing this issue. After all, your bathroom is quite the damp place having a sweating toilet is only going to add the problem and if not managed correctly you can have a moldy mess on your hands not too long after.

Unclog Your Toilet

Making sure your toilet is not partially clogged is another great idea. It is possible for a toilet to have debris (not the kind that comes out of you) stuck inside of it, you can use a simple toilet auger to clear out most of these problems. But if you have a seriously clogged toilet you may need to contact a drain cleaning specialist to handle the problem for you. But, it’s always a good idea to try the auger method yourself since they can be fairly inexpensive and easy to use, plus chances are you’ll need to use it eventually down the road anyway.

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