The holidays are coming. If you're expecting house guests, the last thing you want to deal with is a broken toilet. Toilet troubles can be more than just a nuisance; they can be a total disaster, especially if they malfunction while your guests are using them. Don't take chances with holiday toilet troubles. If you're experiencing any of the problems described below, you'll need to have a plumber come in before your guests arrive.
You Need a Plunger Every Time You Flush
When you flush the toilet, you expect everything to go down the first time. Unfortunately, if your toilet is wearing out, it might not have the water pressure it needs to get everything out the first time. That can lead to an issue where you either need to flush the toilet at least twice each time you use it, or you need to use the plunger each time. While a double flush isn't catastrophic, the need for a plunger is. That means you're needing to physically force your solid waste through the drains. If that's happening, you need to have your toilet repaired.
Your Toilet Runs And Runs After Flushing
After you flush, your toilet should only run for a few seconds. Once the tank has refilled, the water should stop running. If the water doesn't stop running after several minutes, you have a problem inside your tank. The first thing you should do is adjust the float arm inside the tank. If that doesn't work to alleviate the problem, you're going to need your toilet repaired.
Your Toilet Wiggles When You Sit Down
There's nothing worse than feeling like your toilet is going to tip over each time you sit down to use it. If your toilet wiggles each time you sit down, you'll need to tighten the bolts that secure it to the floor. If that doesn't fix the problem, you need to call your plumber as quickly as possible. The bolts have probably been stripped, which means your toilet isn't as secure as it should be. It could tip over during use, or begin to leak. Either way, you need a plumber to come out and repair the problem for you.
You've Got Water Leaking From the Base of Your Toilet
If you keep finding water on your floor, and you know that no one has taken a shower, it's time to check the base of your toilet. If you've got water leaking from around the base of your toilet, it's a good indication that the wax ring has broken. A broken wax ring with allow water, and raw sewage, to leak from around your toilet. If that's the case, you'll need a plumber to come out and remove the toilet to repair it.