Do it Yourself Basic Toilet Repairs – From Your Skokie Plumber

Do It Yourself

Basic toilet repairs are bound to be necessary from time to time, given that the toilet is a hard working machine. However, with care and attention, you can perform basic toilet repairs yourself rather than paying an expensive plumber.

 

For the purposes of toilet repairs, the toilet can be divided into two parts – the toilet tank and the toilet bowl.

Toilet Repair – The Bowl

 

If the wax or other material that was used to seal the base of the toilet bowl is defective, a leak may develop and result in a damp bathroom floor. You need to turn off the water supply to the toilet before you attempt this toilet repair!

 

Once the system is “dry”, remove the bowl and clean the old join and pipe. Then replace the bowl and reseal thoroughly.

 

If the seal is fine and the bowl is still leaking, it may be that there is a crack in the porcelain. This is extremely unlikely. However, if this is the case toilet repair is impossible and the whole bowl will need to be replaced.

 

Toilet Repair – The Toilet Tank

 

The most common toilet repair issue is a tank that is constantly running, which is caused by a leak somewhere in the tank. The best way to test whether your toilet is suffering from this toilet repair problem is to place a few drops of food coloring into the tank, and see if the water in the bowl becomes the same color. If the bowl water colors, you have a leak.

 

Replacement parts for the components for this toilet repair are not expensive. Examine the components carefully to see what has failed.

 

Before you order any replacement parts, see whether the problem can be remedied by making adjustments to the length of the lever wire or the positioning of the tank ball.

 

However, if you cannot solve the problem with adjustments, you may have to replace some parts.

 

A common toilet repair issue in toilet tanks is the deterioration of the valve at the bottom of the tank called the flapper. This can deteriorate as a result of the use of bleach and other common “in tank” cleaning products.

 

If the flapper is in good condition, check the ball cock. It has to rise adequately to shut off the refill valve. They sometimes get waterlogged, and need to be emptied or replaced.

 

 Hope This Helps!

 

The North Coast Family! 

 

 

AMBER ALERT – Frigid Freezing Weather Warning – Skokie Plumber

The worst period ahead for skokie plumbing is upon us. The North Coast Family wants to explain the importance of paying close attention to the Amber Alert, frost freeze warning.

Frozen Plumbing Pipe

With the temperatures expecting to drop below 0, the worst types of accidents can happen to your home and its piping. Below freezing drafts can cause pipes to burst, freeze and cause water heaters and furnace units to blow out.

 

There are things a homeowner can do to prevent such anomalies. At night time it is imperative that you let a faucet in the house preferably up stairs to run constantly so that the water in the house runs consistently, creating a steady flow. This will prevent the water from freezing and expanding in your pipes. This tactic should only be utilized for below zero temperatures. In your mechanical rooms to the house check your windows for drafts, install the clear insulation window raps if it gets cold through the window sills and panes. Also on the outside of the house remove your hoses if you haven’t done so already, this could prove to be your best move of the year. Its very common for home owners to leave them connected (some still on) it puts pressure on the pipe and can cause them to burst more easily from the added pressure that creates swelling.

 

Finally, contact your local Skokie plumber and have them install a winterized faucet. When you turn off your water it leaves a space between the shutoff and the tap, usually 12 inches. This will allow enough space between the water to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting.

 

Hope this was helpful!

 

The North Coast Family