Our Best Tips For Dealing With a Leaking Toilet

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Our Best Tips For Dealing With a Leaking Toilet

Are you concerned about the leaking water sounds coming from your toilet? A leaking toilet can cause more than an annoying sound; it can also cause an increase in your monthly water bill. Luckily, fixing a leaking toilet isn't as complicated as you may think it is.

There are usually a handful of problems that could cause your toilet to run water, and we have gathered some information on the best ways you can fix and avoid a leaking toilet in the future.

Regularly Inspect Your Toilet Flapper

flapperThe first tip we have is to inspect your toilet flapper and other elements inside your tank regularly, or about every six months. Why? Most of the time, if your toilet is running water, it is because there is a problem with your toilet flapper.

The toilet flapper is a covering that fits either over or inside of your tank overflow pipe and controls the flow of water into the bowl when your toilet is flushed. It should lift to let water in while the toilet is flushing, and lower to cover the opening when it is not.

Whether your toilet uses a seat disk, tank ball, or rubber cap flapper, it may be vulnerable to breaking or wearing thin over time. If you have a rubber cap or tank ball flapper, check that the chain that connects the flapper to the flush handle is the correct length. This is a common problem that can cause leaks.

Look Out For These Other Possible Causes of a Running Toilet

runningtoiletOther parts of your toilet system may be to blame for the leaking toilet as well. For example, if your float is set too high, the water level in the tank will cause it to spill over into the overflow tube and leak.

If the float is to low, the water level will be too low to provide an adequate flush. Another thing to check is the fill tube.

This is a small, flexible tube that transports water from the fill valve to the overflow pipe. If it becomes disconnected, it could be affecting your toilets flush, and eventually, cause a leak.

Other Toilet Maintenance Tips That May Help

Good toilet maintenance is essential to avoiding problems like leaks and running water in your toilet. Follow these toilet maintenance tips to keep your toilet working at peak condition for as long as possible:

  1. maintainDo not dispose of anything other than human waste and toilet paper in your toilet.
  2. Avoid flushing big wads of toilet paper down the drain at once.
  3. Use only mild cleaners to clean your toilet bowl and avoid harsh chemicals.
  4. Never use a liquid drain cleaner to unclog your toilet. Use a plunger instead, or call the professionals at Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing.

Tell us your favorite toilet maintenance tips in the comments below, so our readers can see them too! The next time your toilet is leaking or running water, give Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing, located in Reno, a call at (775) 626-7777!

Plumbing Maintenance Tips to Prevent Leaks in Your Home

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Plumbing Maintenance Tips to Prevent Leaks in Your Home

Trying to protect your home from damage can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start. Take it from us, in terms of getting the best bang for your buck, we highly recommend that you start with trying to maintain your plumbing.

Maintaining your plumbing means reducing plumbing leaks; this will, in turn, keep your operating and repair costs down. Here are some handy maintenance tips to help you get started.

Identify Leaks

Identify a LeakThe best way to reduce (or even eliminate) damage caused by plumbing leaks is to source them out before they have a chance to develop.

Get in the habit of checking out all of your pipes and plumbing fixtures for signs of leaks, like water damage, pooling water, rust or mold growth.

Start with exposed pipes and be sure to open up cabinets under sinks. As a side note, don’t store too many items under sinks because it may be hard to determine if there is a leak under there.

Also check out appliances that use water, like your dishwasher and washing machine. Those connector hoses will wear down and break eventually and can cause major leaks. They need to be replaced every few years.

Avoid Commercial Drain Cleaners

Chemical Clog RemoverIt can be tempting to grab a commercial drain cleaner when you are bothered by a clog, but they do more harm than good.

The agents in commercial drain cleaner that are useful in breaking through clogs also have the same effect on your pipes. They will try to eat away at those as well and cause clogs.

It’s much more effective to try to avoid clogs in the first place, which can be done by avoiding putting anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there. It’s a good idea to have a regular drain cleaning done by your Reno, NV plumber.

Water Pressure Regulators

Low Water PressureHigh water pressure is convenient for your cooking and bathing needs, but it does a great deal of damage to your pipes and can cause leaks.

It’s advisable to check your water pressure. If it reads much over 50 psi (and definitely no more than 60 psi) you should install a regulator.

Corrosion Causes Leaks

Pipe CorrosionAnother problem that your plumbing may face is corrosion. You can conduct some ongoing maintenance to make sure that the presence of rust doesn’t cause leaks in your system.

Firstly, consider upgrading copper pipes to PVC. Test your water’s PH often to make sure it is balanced. Install a water softener.

Don’t forget to run water often, to avoid stagnant water, particularly in horizontal pipes. Spend a few hours a month on maintaining your plumbing and you’ll be happy with the improvements!