Maybe you’re tackling a bathroom renovation. Or maybe your old toilet simply needs to go. Either way, replacing a toilet is not nearly as difficult as it sounds. But of course, if you make a mistake, it could lead to some trouble down the road.
Here are some basic tips/steps to follow if you find yourself replacing a toilet:
- Gather all the tools you need for the job, such as a wrench and putty knife
- Remove the old tank
- Rock the bowl from side to side, as this will loosen the wax seal (and make removal easier)
- Clean the area where the old wax seal was located
- Place the new wax seal around the opening in the floor
- Place the new toilet onto the wax ring
- Secure the bowl and install the new tank
- Connect the water supply line
As you can see, it doesn’t take much knowledge to replace a toilet. However, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you may want to hire a professional. There are some things that could go wrong – such as placing the toilet in the wrong spot – that could lead to a leak (among other issues) in the future.
There is nothing worse than finding that your toilet is leaking. As frustrating as this can be, it’s important to pinpoint the problem and implement a solution right away.
Here are some of the top causes of a toilet leak:
- Leaking supply line. If the line that brings water to your toilet is defective, loose, or worn out, it can soon lead to a slow leak.
- Broken toilet tank. This doesn’t happen often, but don’t rule it out. The toilet tank is not indestructible, so it could develop a fracture at some point.
- Stuck flush handle. This is something that many people overlook, however, it’s a serious problem that can cost you quite a bit of water.
- Faulty connections. Let’s face it: there are many parts that make a toilet work. If one of them goes bad, such as the result of a faulty connection, a leak could be the end result.
- Improper installation. If a toilet is not “seated” correctly, you may begin to notice a leak from the base. This is a problem that needs repaired without delay.
With so many potential causes of a toilet leak, you may have to do some digging around to pinpoint the culprit. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can visit your home, find out what’s going on, and offer a fast fix.
Have you come to find that your toilet won’t flush? Is this putting a damper on your ability to live a normal life?
If you find yourself in this position, it’s important to realize that there are many reasons why this may be happening.
Here are three of the top reasons why a toilet stops flushing as intended:
1. A Clog
Did you use too much toilet paper? Was something else flushed? If so, the pipe leading from the toilet could become clogged. Subsequently, your toilet will not be able to flush until you fix this problem.
2. The Water Level is Low
If the water level in the toilet’s tank is too low, the toilet will not be able to flush. There are many reasons why this could happen. For example, the water valve may have been turned off for some reason. In this case, simply turning it back on will solve your problem.
3. The Flapper is Bent
Over time, the flapper could become bent or warped. If this happens, it’s time to replace your flapper. Forget about trying to fix it. Instead, swap this out on your own or call a plumber to provide assistance.
If your toilet won’t flush, if you have no idea how to solve the problem on your own, don’t wait to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the issue, and solve the problem once and for all.