Toilet Repair / Replace
Did you know the toilet is one of the most visited items in the home? On average, a single person uses the toilet five times a day. And toilets account for about 27% per of our total water use?
Depending on how old your toilet is, you could be wasting a lot of water and spending more money on your water bill than necessary. Toilets from the late 80’s to early 90’s use about 3.5 gallons per flush, and older ones can use 5 or 6 gallons per flush! New toilets use 1.6 gallons or less while still providing equal or superior performance.
If you haven’t changed your toilet in a while, talk with us about replacement options. In many cases, you will reduce your annual water bill enough to pay for the change in the first year or two, plus it’s always a good idea to conserve water in California.
Believe it or not, the toilet has lots of parts, and sometimes they wear out, break, or need adjusting. We will talk a little about the most common problems.
Wax Ring: This is the seal that sits between the bottom of your toilet bowl and your floor. Wax rings are the most common leak culprits.
Tank To Bowl Gasket: As the name implies, this gasket sits between the tank where the water sits and the bowl where the flushing happens. It’s not the most common leak, but if you find water on your floor, you should check here before changing your wax ring.
The Flapper Seal: Going up and into the tank, the flapper seal keeps the water in the tank until you flush. If you hear water filling the tank up even when you haven’t flushed, the flapper seal could be an excellent place to start.
Flush Valve: A flush valve inside the toilet tank moves the water into the bowl when you flush. If you can hear trickling, notice the tank takes a long time to refill, or the toilet is constantly running; the flush valve could be your problem.
Fill Valve: The fill valve is another problem that manifests itself when the toilet is constantly running or when your flush is weak.
As you can see, the toilet is a pretty complicated thing with many moving parts (and we didn’t even cover them all). If you encounter any of the problems mentioned above or another issue not listed, we can inspect and give you some options on how to proceed.