Toilet Repair: When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

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So your toilet is acting up. What toilet repair can you do yourself, and when do you need to call a plumber? We’ll sort it out for you so that you can resolve the issue quickly.

Toilet Repair: When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

Toilet Repairs You Can DIY

  • Running toilet: A toilet can run nonstop, wasting up to 200 gallons of water daily, because of a faulty flapper valve. To fix this common problem:
  1. Remove the flapper valve and take it to the hardware store.
  2. Find a matching replacement.
  3. Drain the toilet tank (turn off the water valve and flush the toilet), replace the flapper valve, turn on the water, and flush the toilet to test the new part.
  • Clogged toilet: Use steady up-and-down motions with a plunger to move the clog. It might take several minutes of plunging to resolve the issue. You can also buy a drain auger to push the clog through the pipes.

Toilet Repairs That Need a Professional

  • Water pooling at the toilet’s base: Is there water around the bottom of the toilet? It could indicate that your toilet has a worn wax seal. Our plumbers can replace the wax ring. Also, check the flush valve and supply hose for any leaks.
  • A running toilet that a new flapper won’t fix: If you’ve replaced the flapper valve and checked the other parts inside your toilet tank and it still runs nonstop, call us. You could face a high water bill and waste a considerable amount of water.

When in doubt, call us at BL Plumbing Service in San Angelo, Texas. We are experts when it comes to your home’s plumbing.