Most homeowners have some tools on hand to deal with issues like toilet repair from time to time. Many plumbing issues can be rectified with a plunger and some elbow grease. Depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you might even be able to perform more complicated tasks like changing a toilet seat.
When it comes to more serious issues though, toilet repair is best left in the hands of the professionals. Trying to fix them on your own can easily lead to even larger issues.
Toilet repair jobs that are best left for a professional
Here are five issues homeowners should leave in the hands of the professionals:
Sure, a handy person might be capable of performing a basic evaluation of their sewage lines, but it will not be anywhere as thorough as an inspection that is performed by a certified plumber. The inspector will take a close look at the different parts of your plumbing system like the garbage disposal system and the water heater. The person might also inspect the pipes in the home and perform an inspection of the filter system.
2. A constantly clogged toilet
While most people can figure out how to unclog a toilet on their own. It is not something that should be done. A toilet getting clogged regularly is typically a symptom of a much bigger issue. For example, it can be a sign that the toilet is due for replacement. Older toilets tend to become clogged more often as their interior linings become worn out.
3. A toilet that wobbles
A toilet should not wobble when someone sits on it. That is usually caused by one of the screws at the bottom of the toilet bowl being loose. It is a simple problem that can be easily fixed by locating and tightening the loose screw, but things are a lot more complicated when it is being caused by water damage to the floor that toilet rests on.
While a toilet that wobbles does not need to be immediately replaced, it is an indicator that a serious issue is developing.
4. Toilet water is always running
If water keeps running long after the toilet was last used, it could be a sign that the rubber flap at the tank's base is worn out. It can also mean the valve that determines when the tank is full is damaged. Regardless, issues like these are best left to a pro who can determine if it is better to fix the problem or install a new toilet.
5. A cracked toilet
As sturdy as porcelain is, it can wear down over time like most things. A crack in the porcelain base of a toilet leads to leaks and bathroom puddles. This can cause extensive damage to the floor over a period of time.
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