Everyone has dealt with the occasional toilet clog. But how do you know when you need to call a professional plumber to take care of your toilet? We’re talking about one of the most important appliances in your home, which you use every day; you don’t want to spend money on something you can take care of on your own, but you also don’t want to wait until the problem spirals out of control, either. Keep reading to learn the top five signs your toilet needs a repair, and remember that for all your professional plumbing repairs, you can count on our pros at Roby Services.
The Top 5 Reasons to Call for Toilet Repair
- Frequent Clogging: As mentioned above, the occasional toilet clog is not a big deal, and something you can usually take care of with a plunger, or – for more serious clogs – a snake. However, if your toilet is clogging on a regular basis. It may be time to contact a professional. You could be dealing with a broken part, or a more serious obstruction deeper in the line. In these type of scenarios, it is best to call a plumber ASAP, so you don’t end up with nasty overflow on your hands.
- Leaks: Leaks are probably the second most common plumbing problem next to clogs, though they are probably the most serious toilet-related issue overall. If you find that water is pooling around the base of your toilet, call a plumber ASAP, as you may be dealing with a broken seal. It is also possible that there is a crack in your toilet bowl. Hopefully there is a mechanical issue with your toilet that is causing the leak, and you can take care of it without replacing the whole unit. Regardless, you should never leave a leak alone for too long, since even minor toilet leaks can lead to problems like water damage, mold growth, and rising utility bills over time.
- Rust: Speaking of problems caused by leaks, you will also want to watch out for rust on the metal components of your toilet, such as the handle, chain, and any screws or levers. Resulting from excess moisture, rust can cause parts of your toilet to corrode, thereby impeding them from doing of their job. That’s why if you ever call a plumber to look for a toilet leak, you should also have them inspect your unit for rust—and vice versa.
- Flushing Problems: Ideally, you should never have to flush your toilet more than once or twice to get rid of waste. If you have to flush it again and again to clear the bowl, or if the bowl won’t clear at all, no matter how many times you flush, it is essential to call a plumber. Chances are you are dealing with a problem in the toilet tank, related to the flushing mechanism. For instance, you may need to replace the float, the chain, or the flapper. On the other hand, you could also be looking at a more serious issue with your plumbing equipment, such as clogged water jets or low water pressure.
- Sucking/Gurgling Sounds: Do you hear a gurgling or sucking noise coming from your shower and/or sink drains when you flush your toilet? This is not a good sign. These sounds may be occurring because there is a blockage in your drain vent. When drain vents are clogged, sewer gasses are forced to escape through other openings, which is why you may be hearing that suction noise coming from your fixtures. The last thing you want is a drain block, in your toilet or anywhere else, for that matter, so call a plumber right away if this is happening in your bathroom.