Clogged or Running Toilet
Got a Clogged or Running Toilet? Call Thousand Oaks Plumbing!
If you have a toilet, you’ve most likely experienced a clog or constantly running water or intermittent flushing and filling. A clogged or running toilet is a major inconvenience and can waste hundreds of gallons of water. While a simple plumber may fix an immediate problem, trouble with your toilet could be a symptom of a bigger clog that can lead to extensive water and pipe damage.
Why is My Toilet Clogged?
Here are some of the most common causes of clogged toilet:
Large amounts of toilet paper, toilet wipes or baby wipes can clog drains and back up toilets.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Because they are designed to absorb water and expand, sanitary products are a common cause of toilet clogs.
Clumps of pet or human hair, either gathered from brushes or cleaned from a drain, can block drains and clog toilets.
Jewelry, bobby pins, hair ties and even small toys can find their way into your plumbing system, creating blockages.
The U-shaped trap in the toilet’s drain pipe is a common place for clogs to develop.
When a toilet’s flapper doesn’t open fully, it can cause a weak flush, which can prevent contents from being properly pushed through the drain.
While they are great at conserving water, today’s low-flow toilets may not always flush powerfully enough to push contents through.
Why is My Toilet Running?
If you hear constant trickling or running water in your toilet tank, you have a running toilet. While it may seem like just an annoyance, running toilets can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted water. Here are the most common causes of a running toilet:
When a toilet’s flapper doesn’t open fully or is worn out, it can’t create a tight water seal.
If the flush or fill valve is damaged or leaking, it needs to be replaced.
Worn or Corroded Handle
If your toilet’s handle gets “stuck” or remains down after flushing, it may be stiff, old or corroded and needs replacing.
Do I Need a Plumber?
If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.