3 Toilet Maintenance Challenges
When it comes to a San Mateo home’s toilet, the majority of people know little about something that is used more frequently each day than anything else in the home. As a result, they often fail to detect problems with the toilet until what started as a small problem has turned into a big one.
Whether it’s being able to detect a leak or make sure their toilet does not get clogged, people usually wind up waiting until an emergency occurs before calling on the services of a licensed plumber. To make sure you are up on the most common maintenance challenges regarding toilets, take a look at the following tips.
200 Gallons Per Day
While most people think a toilet leaking is something that would be very obvious, it’s actually the opposite of this. Most of the time, people completely overlook the fact that their toilet is leaking until they notice their water bills getting much higher.
However, if you start to hear a hissing sound around your toilet and notice it never shuts off after being flushed, there’s a good chance it’s leaking. If so, the problem is either a worn-out flapper, corroded overflow pipes, or a broken flush valve assembly. Either way, if the problem is overlooked long enough, as much as 200 gallons of water could be wasted daily
According to most people, any clog is a serious clog. However, in this case we’re talking about ones where a plumber is needed to clear the clog. If the clog in a toilet is contained in the trap or drainpipe, it may be able to be cleared without a plumber’s assistance. However, if it’s in the sewer line, you’ll definitely need a plumber. These clogs can be very difficult to get to and clear, usually taking lots of time to do so. To keep clogs from happening, use high-grade toilet paper that dissolves easily once it’s wet.
Say Goodbye to the Old Toilet
If your toilet was made before 1994, it’s time to say goodbye to it and hello to a new one. That’s because the pre-1994 toilet wastes far too much water, using almost four gallons per flush versus only two for a new toilet. The older one is also prone to more breakdowns, which has it costing more to repair. By having a new toilet installed, you’ll save on both maintenance costs and water costs in your San Mateo home.
Are you having trouble with your San Mateo, CA toilet? Call James Caccia Plumbing at (650) 376-6800 for all your plumbing needs!