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Toilet Repair Pointers from a Plumber

Toilets are a very important part of day-to-day life for all people. The floor-mounted tank-type toilet is the most common toilet. Wall-mounted toilets are used in commercial applications and in some residential applications as well. The plumbing configurations between the two are very different and usually require highly skilled repair plumbers to complete toilet repairs. There are many different tools used when repairing toilet problems. The most common toilet problems are caused by age, water quality, and of course what goes through them.

Toilet Replacement and What Plumbers Know

Here's how plumbers do it. First, the plumber turns off the water supply to the toilet by shutting off the water valve located near the base of the toilet. Next, the plumber will flush the toilet to empty the tank and bowl before you disconnect the water supply line. Next, you will remove the nuts securing the toilet to the floor. Carefully lift the toilet off the flange and place it out of the way on top of a piece of cardboard to keep wax from getting on the floor. Remove any remaining wax ring from the flange. Place a new wax ring onto the flange, ensuring it is centered. Lower the new toilet onto the wax ring, aligning the mounting holes with the floor bolts. Secure the toilet by tightening the nuts onto the floor bolts. Reconnect the water supply line, turn on the water supply, and check for any leaks. Finally, flush the toilet a few times to ensure proper functioning.

Toilet Bowl is Loose and Rocking on the Floor

There are a couple reasons the toilet can become loose and rock. The toilet flange that the toilet mounts to could be or is broken. The bolts could just be loose and require tightening. The floor is unlevel and there are no shims.

Toilet Bands Can Be Hard to Identify
There are many types of toilets and have been many throughout the years. Most toilets can accept universal parts however some will not. There may not be any identifying marks left on the toilet after years of use.

How do I get that toilet tank off?
There are a couple ways to remove the toilet tank. The methods instructed by plumbers will require you to use safety equipment and wear safety equipment.

What is the best toilet?
The best toilet is the brand with the most reliable parts and the largest trap way. Toilet trap ways range from 1.78" to 2.75" and all use roughly the same internal parts. Toilets come in different styles and in two heights.

How to remove rusty toilet bolts?
The toilet bowl bolts must be cut or the toilet bowl must be carefully broken to remove rusty toilet bolts. To remove rusty toilet bolts, cutting is an effective method. Start by gathering the necessary tools, including a hacksaw, reciprocating saw, or an angle grinder with a metal-cutting blade. First, turn off the water supply and drain the toilet tank. Use a wrench or pliers to secure the nut on the bolt while cutting. Carefully position the cutting tool near the base of the bolt and begin cutting, applying steady pressure. Once the bolt is severed, remove the nut and repeat the process for any remaining rusty bolts. Remember to exercise caution and wear protective goggles and gloves during this procedure.

How Much does it cost to replace a toilet? Prices for toilets range from $159 to $429 just for a toilet. If you're wondering how much it costs to replace toilets. The most convenient option is Video Chat a Pro, where you can connect with local plumbers who will provide you with accurate pricing. While the cost may vary depending on factors such as the type of toilet and any additional installation requirements, the average price range for toilet replacement is typically between $400 and $800, including labor and materials. Don't hesitate to seek professional assistance to ensure an efficient and hassle-free toilet replacement process.

How long do toilets last?
Toilets can last upwards of 20 years in perfect conditions. Toilets can be maintained every few years to increase longevity. Toilets generally have a long lifespan, typically lasting for several decades. The durability of a toilet depends on various factors such as the quality of materials used in its construction, proper maintenance, and frequency of use. Well-maintained toilets can withstand daily usage and regular cleaning without significant issues. However, over time, wear and tear may occur, leading to occasional repairs or part replacements. With proper care and maintenance, toilets can last for 20 years or even longer.

Why does my toilet tank fill slowly?
Toilets fill slowly due to scale build-up and debris in the water clogging the toilet fill valve.

Why does my toilet bowl fill slowly?

Toilet bowls can fill slowly due to scale build-up between the tank to bowl and throughout the lip of the bowl reducing the amount of water that passes through to the bowl.