Three Common Toilet Problems You Should Know How To Identify

While you may not be a professional plumber, it is important as a homeowner to be able to diagnose and even repair some minor issues that you may have with your toilet. Things can happen at all hours of any day, and it can be difficult to get a plumber to your home as quickly as you might need. The following are some simple problems that, with some practice, you can fix, or at least diagnose, on your own:

Phantom Flushes

This problem is simply water that is leaking into the toilet bowl. You may notice that your toilet empties and then fills itself back up every now and then. That is typically caused by a bad flapper. You will need to drain the tank by turning the water valve into the off position and checking the flapper in the tank to see if you need a new one.

Water Leaking

If you can hear a regular hissing noise coming from your toilet, you may have water leaking into the tank. It may be caused by water going into the tank from the water supply line. You will need to check the float and the inlet valve to see if they are functioning. The noise is often due to water running in the inlet valve. It is important to have this fixed, as it can result in a higher water bill.

Toilet Clogs

A major issue for toilets are clogs. Many times, you can simply plunge it and it will repair itself. If your toilet is still not clearing after a plunger, you need to go outside where your septic lines run into the sewer system. If you have any trees growing in that area, look for exposed roots near the location of the lines. It is possible that the tree roots have damaged your lines. If this is the case, you will need to have it repaired by a professional pretty quickly. In the meantime, you can have the toilet cleared with a plumber's snake that you can purchase at the hardware store. 

Dealing with malfunctioning toilets is no fun, but it is important that you are aware of what can happen and how to handle it. Being proactive and learning how to fix simple toilet repairs will definitely save you time and money. And, if the time comes when you need to call in a professional, your diagnosis will help solve the problem as well.