Have Your Toilets Repaired By a Professional New Jersey PlumberIn a home, there are some things that just have to work reliably. You need your oven for cooking, the smoke alarm for safety, and without the lights, you may as well go to bed when the sun goes down. However, of all the fixtures in a home, there is one that MUST work reliably every time: the toilet. Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that can go wrong with a toilet. Leaving aside the mess and inconvenience caused when a toilet fails spectacularly, even routine problems can be a headache. Clogs, leaks, and broken seats are a pain. Not only that, an inefficient, leaky, or always running toilet can waste water and cause higher utility bills. Here are a few of the common problems that can affect a toilet and how to deal with them: Tip: Whenever you work on a toilet, take a few minutes to don a pair of rubber or latex gloves and sanitize the base of the toilet with a disinfectant. Leaks: There are several places where a toilet can spring a leak. Sometimes the leak will be obvious, but other times, you’ll have to inspect your fixture carefully to determine the source of the pool of water on your bathroom floor. Here is a couple of the easier fixes:
- Supply Line: This is usually a flexible hose which runs from a valve in the wall or floor and leads to the bottom of the tank. Find the water supply valve, shut off the water, and then drain the tank by flushing the toilet. Unscrew the line from both the valve and the tank. To install the replacement, attach the new hose and hand tighten the locknuts at both ends.
- Fill Valve: If the leak is at the fill valve itself, you’ll need to replace the fill valve and its gasket. Again, turn off the water supply and flush the toilet, then use a couple of wrenches to remove the fill valve and gasket. After you install the new parts, turn the water supply back on and make sure there are no leaks. If necessary, tighten it a little bit more, maybe a quarter-turn or so.
- Never use a coat hanger or other improvised object to remove a clog. You will most likely scratch the bowl.
- Never use chemical drain cleaners in a toilet.If you have to use an auger to clear the blockage, use a closet auger. They are specially designed for use with toilets.When using a plunger, make sure there is at least some water in the bowl. It will help create a vacuum which will cause enough pressure to release most clogs.
Saving Water with a New ToiletNew Jersey has been lucky compared to other parts of the country when it comes to its water supply. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection estimates that over the past forty years, the average annual rainfall has been about 3 inches higher than the long-term average. However, water is still not an unlimited resource.
There are a few simple ways to reduce your water use and save money.]]>
- Water your lawn less frequently. A well-maintained lawn can survive even if it’s only watered a couple of nights a week.
- Take shorter showers.
- Repair leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures.
- Replace old and inefficient toilets with new, more efficient models.