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Friendswood Toilet Repair & Installation Services

If you're experiencing problems with your toilet in Friendswood and do-it-yourself techniques are not helping, the time is now to call on Epic Plumbing. As Friendswood's most trusted plumber, we've been the area's go-to choice for professional quality services at honest, fair prices since 1996. Whether you have a clog, a leak, or an overflow, we have the right solution to get your toilet back in working order as soon as possible.

Give us a call today for any of the following toilet services in Friendswood:

  • Clogged toilet repair
  • Leaking toilet repair
  • Loose flush handle repair
  • Old toilet replacement
  • Low-flow toilet installation
  • And more

Schedule your appointment today at (281) 815-2322.

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Resolving All Types of Common Toilet Problems

Toilet problems can be caused by various issues, ranging from simple wear and tear to more complex plumbing issues. Here are some common toilet problems, along with their probable causes and solutions:

Running Toilet

  • Probable Cause: A continuously running toilet is often caused by a faulty flapper or flush valve.
  • Solution: Replace the flapper or adjust the chain to ensure a proper seal. If the flush valve is the issue, it may need replacement.

Clogged Toilet

  • Probable Cause: Toilet clogs are typically caused by flushing too much toilet paper, sanitary products, or any other foreign object besides human waste.
  • Solution: Use a plunger to try and unclog the toilet. If that doesn't work, a toilet auger may be necessary. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can damage the plumbing.

Weak or Partial Flush

  • Probable Cause: This may be due to a partial clog in the flush holes, a worn-out flapper, or a low water level in the tank.
  • Solution: Clean out the flush holes using a wire hanger or brush, replace the flapper if it's worn, and adjust the water level in the tank.

Phantom Flushing (Ghost Flushing)

  • Probable Cause: If you hear the toilet flushing on its own, it's likely due to a slow leak from the tank to the bowl caused by a worn-out flapper or a faulty fill valve.
  • Solution: Replace the flapper or adjust/replace the fill valve to stop the leak and prevent unnecessary flushing.

Toilet Leaks

  • Probable Cause: Leaks around the base of the toilet may be due to a damaged wax ring or loose bolts. Leaks in the tank can be caused by a faulty flush valve or a cracked tank.
  • Solution: For leaks around the base, replace the wax ring and tighten the bolts. For tank leaks, replace the flush valve or the entire tank, depending on the severity of the issue.

Noisy Toilet

  • Probable Cause: Loud noises during or after flushing may be due to a faulty fill valve or a water hammer.
  • Solution: Adjust or replace the fill valve to reduce noise during filling. Install water hammer arrestors to eliminate the banging noise caused by water hammer.

Sweating Toilet Tank

  • Probable Cause: Condensation on the outside of the tank occurs when warm, humid air meets a cool surface.
  • Solution: Insulate the tank with a tank liner or foam insulation to prevent condensation.

If you're unsure about how to address a particular toilet problem, or if the issue persists after attempting DIY solutions, it's advisable to seek professional toilet repair in Friendswood from the experts at Epic Plumbing.

When to Replace Your Toilet

Deciding when to replace your toilet depends on various factors, including its age, condition, and the presence of persistent issues. Here are some signs that it might be time to replace your toilet:

  • Frequent Repairs: If you find yourself constantly repairing different components of your toilet, such as the fill valve, flush valve, or flapper, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire toilet.
  • Cracks or Leaks: Cracks in the porcelain or leaks around the base of the toilet are serious issues. If you notice water pooling around the toilet or detect a crack, it's a clear sign that the toilet needs replacement.
  • Wobbling or Instability: A wobbly or unstable toilet can be a safety hazard. If tightening the bolts at the base doesn't solve the problem, it may be an indication of a damaged or deteriorating toilet.
  • Outdated Design or Low Efficiency: Older toilets may use more water per flush than newer, water-efficient models. If you're looking to reduce water consumption and lower your utility bills, consider upgrading to a more modern and efficient toilet.
  • Stains and Discoloration: Stubborn stains or discoloration in the bowl that cannot be removed may be a sign of internal cracks or damage. If cleaning efforts are unsuccessful, it might be time to replace the toilet.
  • Inefficient Flushing: If your toilet consistently requires multiple flushes to clear waste or if it frequently experiences weak flushes, it may be a sign that the flushing mechanism is not working properly. Upgrading to a newer, more efficient model can improve flushing performance.
  • Age: The lifespan of a toilet can vary, but generally, toilets can last for several decades. If your toilet is approaching or has exceeded 20 years of use, it may be more prone to issues, and upgrading to a new one could be a wise decision.
  • Water Damage: If you notice water damage on the floor around the toilet or on the wall behind it, it may indicate a chronic leak. In such cases, it's important to replace the toilet promptly to prevent further damage.

Before deciding to replace your toilet, it's a good idea to assess the specific issues and consult with our Friendswood toilet replacement plumbers. Additionally, consider the long-term benefits of upgrading to a more water-efficient and modern toilet, as this can lead to cost savings and environmental benefits over time.

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