If there’s any part of your plumbing system that gets the most use every day—aside from your water heater—it’s going to be your toilet.
The toilet or toilets of your home is a plumbing appliance that you really need to be able to rely on. However, when you use something like this every day, it’s going to accumulate some wear and tear. This means that eventually, you’ll need some type of repair, no matter how minor it might be.
You’re in good hands with Brooks! We are here for all your toilet and plumbing repair needs. But how do you know when it’s time to call us? Are there any signs you should want out for?
Yes! We’ve shared 3 signs below, in fact. Read on!
1. Your Toilet Keeps Running
Don’t worry, we won’t venture into “bad joke” territory. Unfortunately, a running toilet is no joke. It’s wasteful and can cause other problems for your toilet and the rest of your plumbing system.
If your toilet runs out of water to the point that it constantly has to refill, and you hear it running either continuously or every few minutes and yet you haven’t flushed it recently, then it’s clear that there is a problem. This problem is probably an aging flapper that has lost its ability to seal.
The flapper is a rubber component that separates the bowl from the tank of your toilet. When flushed, the flush valve of the toilet pulls a chain up—that chain is attached to the flapper. Once the flapper is lifted, the water rushed out of the tank in order to refill the bowl after the flush.
If that seal gets worn out—as it does due to age—the flapper can become warped and will let water escape through as a result.
2. You Notice Toilet Leaks
There is a big wax seal under your toilet that blocks water and waste that gets flushed out of your toilet from leaking into the bathroom. This seal closes off the base of your toilet to the big drain pipe beneath it. Over the years, though, the wax can dry out and begin cracking, allowing water to leak from the toilet.
Unfortunately, this means that not only might water leak into your bathroom, but also beneath the floor of your bathroom, creating what’s known as a slab leak (and an unsanitary one, at that). This leads to potential property damage and perhaps even an unhealthy situation for your family.
3. You Experience Frequent Toilet Clogs
It’s definitely time to call in a professional plumber if you keep experiencing toilet clogs. Frequent clogs can sometimes be caused by something getting flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t have. This might include small toys, paper towels, or even flushable wipes (yeah… these actually aren’t so flushable after all). These items can build up and restrict the flow of water, causing the water to back up.
If you suspect something is stuck in your toilet drainpipe and you can’t relieve it with a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease,” it’s time to reach out to our team.