At St. Paul Pipeworks, we often receive calls from homeowners concerned about their toilets. While some assume that a complete toilet replacement is necessary, our experienced plumbers understand that many issues can be resolved without the need for a new toilet.
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the common problems and solutions associated with toilet repairs.
Inner Workings of a Toilet Tank
Toilet malfunctions often stem from issues within the tank. Here, we’ll explore the three primary components that play a crucial role in the flushing process.
1. Trip Lever
The trip lever, situated on the upper left side of the toilet tank, initiates the flushing process. If your toilet isn’t shutting off or flushing correctly, the trip lever may be cracked, broken, or misaligned. Fortunately, replacing a trip lever is a quick and straightforward task.
2. Flapper, Tank Ball, or Flush Tower
The device responsible for releasing fresh water into the bowl is commonly known as a flapper, but it can also be a tank ball or a flush tower. A rubber seal inside the tank holds the water until flushing. If this part is faulty, it can be easily replaced with a new flapper, tank ball, or seal.
3. Water Control Device
The device regulating water flow before and after tank filling goes by various names, with the old English term being a ball cock. While St Paul Pipeworks plumbers typically replace these devices rather than repairing them, a variety of standard replacements are readily available on our trucks.
Common Toilet Repairs
In many cases, a rebuild is needed due to issues with the flushing stopper, whether it’s a flapper, a seal for a flush tower, or a tank ball for a ball cock. These items are commonly replaced during toilet repairs, and if you’re searching for them in a hardware store, they are now referred to as fill valves.
Overflow Flush Side Toilet Repairs
Occasionally, issues extend to the overflow flush side of the toilet. If the plastic component breaks, a Douglas flush valve comes into play. When replacing a Douglas flush valve, the entire toilet tank may need to be removed to perform the repair.
Before opting for a complete toilet replacement, consider consulting St Paul Pipeworks for a professional assessment.
Whether you need a simple repair or are contemplating installing a new toilet, our skilled plumbers in the St. Paul and Minneapolis metro area are ready to assist. Give St Paul Pipeworks a call today for all your toilet concerns.
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