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Common Signs Your Toilet Needs A Repair!

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The toilet is an important fixture within the home so when problems occur toilet repairs are needed. Plumbing problems, blocked toilets, toilet leaks to flushing problems, it is important a plumber is called to perform repair jobs. Here at Optimised Plumbing Services, we offer professional toilet installation and Sydney toilet repair services to locals.

The most common signs that indicate toilet repairs are needed are:

  • Running toilet – often caused with the fill tank or fill valve
  • Leaking toilet – most times due to the water supply valve, tank, supply line or damages with where the water tank meets the bowl or when the toilet meets the floor
  • Not flushing correctly – this can be from a clogged toilet or a broken toilet button
  • Toilet fills slowly – often this is because of the toilet valve not correctly opened
  • Noisy toilet – this can be from running water

What are Common Signs that Toilet Repairs are Needed?

There are many different types of signs that make it clear the toilet needs minor or major repairs. Some of these issues are small and any person can fix them but other problems may need an expert plumber to resolve. It is important that if there are problems with the toilet and plumbing issues that they are resolved as soon as possible to prevent further issues. 

Running Toilet

If water constantly flows from the fill valve into the tank means that the toilet is running. This problem of the water continuously running is an issue as it wastes a large amount of water and is costly. The most common reasons why the toilet runs are from the fill tank:

Problem How to Fix
The water within the tank drops 
  • Inspect the flapper and if it does not seal the flush valve opening then this is what causes the water to leak into the bowl constantly. The best way to fix this issue is to have the flapper replaced.
  • If the flapper is not the issue or a new one has been installed and the water still runs then a new flush valve is needed.
Water leaks from the tank or is at a high level so it pours over
  • Look at the fill valve and clean it of debris as this may be preventing the water shut-off mechanism to work.
  • If the fill valve is clean but water is still running then it is best to replace it with a new model. 

Leaking Toilet

A leaking toilet should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent water damage, wasted water and wasted money.

Problem How to Fix
Water supply valve leaks
  • Turn the nut ⅛ of a turn and inspect the supply line connection to the supply valve and determine if it needs further tightening.
  • If the valve breaks, is older than 5 years or water still leaks then the supply line might need replacing.
Supply line and toilet tank leaks
  • Look over the supply line to the toilet and tighter the system if required.
  • Inspect the fill valve assembly and make sure that it is tightened properly. 
  • If these are not the issues then the supply line might need replacing. 
Tank and toilet bowl leak
  • Look at the nuts and bolts that secure the toilet bowl to the floor and ensure they are tightened correctly. 
  • Determine if the toilet bowl itself has any holes or cracks that are causing the leaks. If there are holes or cracks then it is recommended that the whole toilet is replaced. 
Leaks around the base of the toilet 
  • Inspect the mourning bolts, toilet flange and wax ring to see if they need tightening, repairing or replacing to resolve the leak. 
Water leaking from the side of the tank
  • Look for cracks on the tank and replace the tank if there are cracks present.

Not Flushing Correctly

If the toilet does not flush correctly there are many different reasons why the problem occurs. 

Problem How to Fix
Clogged toilet
  • A clogged toilet can cause many issues with the toilet, the most noticeable issue is that it will not flush. Read our blog ‘blocked toilet – what to do’ for detailed steps on dealing with different clogs in the toilet. 
Toilet will not flush at all
  • If the toilet will not flush at all, inspect the flush handle or button to ensure it is not too tight or loose.
  • Look over the lift arm, flapper and flush valve and determine if any part needs repairing or replacing. 
Toilet does not flush completely
  • Look at the water inside of the tank and adjust the level to the toilet requirements.
  • Have the flapper installed correctly and is the correct model and size for the toilet. 

Toilet Fills Slowly

Problem How to Fix
Water fills slowly in the toilet
  • Look at the water valve supply and make sure that it is fully open and not partially open.
  • Inspect the fill valve assembly for any debris buildup and clean it to ensure it does not block the valve.

Noisy Toilet

Problem How to Fix
Constant running water sound
  • Make certain the water valve supply is completely open as water may be pouring into the toilet constantly.

Professional Toilet Repairs for Sydney

Optimised Plumbing Services is here with our Emergency Plumber team to carry out toilet repairs at any time. Problems with the toilet cistern, toilet seat, flushing mechanism to perform leaking toilet repairs, we are here at all times. Each fully qualified plumber will arrive as soon as possible and ensure the toilet issue is resolved safely and correctly.

Our toilet repairs and installation services are here for all locals of Sydney, including Sutherland Shire, North Shore and Hills District. We are also experts with handling Blocked Drain problems, from toilet blockages to all other plumbing systems. 

For the best toilet repairs at any time of the day – rely on Optimised Plumbing Services!

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