Hey, if you have a business or home here in northern Illinois, it more likely than not that you will need some sort of toilet repair sooner or later. Toilet repair sure doesn’t sound like any fun. After all, we are talking about the toilet. You might have one that’s clogged, always runs, backs up frequently, or has a leak near the base. There are times when you can carry out a toilet repair and there are times when you will need a professional plumbing service. Then, there are times when a toilet repair isn’t going to be enough, and you are going to need to replace the entire toilet.Toilet repair doesn’t have to be a scary job. In fact, there are times when it is quite simple.For example, if you have a toilet that is always running or seems to have lost flow when it’s flushed, or the bowl just doesn’t fill as high as it used to, you’re probably looking at a simple repair of the float and flapper mechanism within the toilet tank.
These are actually quite simple repairs and either require no tools are a screwdriver and wrench. The parts you will need can be picked up at most home improvement or plumbing supply stores anywhere from McHenry to Crystal Lake or Kane County or anywhere else in our service area of northern Illinois. Really, you’ll find those components throughout the U.S., even in home goods stores. These toilet tank kits, as they’re usually called, are so easily available, because they are such an easy repair.Even an easy toilet repair, however, can have its complications. One of the more common issues we see is people buying toilet repair tank kits, but not buying the right size.
Not all toilet tank repair kits are created equal. There are different size floats, levers, flanges, etc. While some sizes are standard, there are a few different standard sizes. You may end up buying the wrong size tank kit for your toilet repair and still getting it to work, but it won’t be quite the same. Also, you’re using those components in a way now that they were not designed to be used, so it’s more likely they will fail sooner than usual. Another common toilet repair is the seal below the tank giving out. This happens if there was a leak or it was not set properly to begin with. This simple repair requires emptying the tank and bowl, turning off water to the toilet, unbolting it from the base, and lifting it off.
What we often find when attempting this type of toilet repair, however, is that the seal is not only gone, but the water has worked its way into the surrounding floor, causing rot. Sometimes, these can be patched or built back up. Sometimes, this simple toilet repair ends up turning into a major rebuild.