Table of contents:
- Toilet repair services in Houston TX
- Plumbing repairs
- How do I know if my toilet needs to be repaired?
- The components of a toilet that can need plumbing repair and replacement
- Toilet Replacement & Installation Services in Houston TX
- When Should You Replace Your Toilet?
- The Repipe Company Installation Process for Toilets
- Components of a toilet to consider before installation
- Other Plumbing Services for the Houston Area
Toilet Repair Services in Houston TX
The Repipe Company knows that you rely on your toilet to work properly each day, so when something goes wrong, it causes major disruptions to your everyday life. That’s why The Repipe Company is here to help you with all your toilet repair needs. We provide a high-quality level of service and expertise to determine your toilet’s problem and make the repairs quickly to get your toilet up and running again, in the good way. We offer a variety of toilet repair services from replacing parts, unclogging toilets, and repairing leaks that might be costing you more money on your water bill. Contact The Repipe Company today for a free consultation to repair your toilet.
Your toilet stays in the back of your mind when it’s working properly and usually is a low maintenance appliance in your home, but when something goes wrong or starts making funny noises, it is hard to go unnoticed. There are a few issues that can arise with your home’s toilet that requires repair services, like worn out parts inside the tank, or the toilet structure. The Repipe Company can help with a variety of toilet repairs, offering reliable and affordable service.
Clogged Toilet Repair
A clogged toilet is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Often, it is hard to determine what is clogging your toilet because you can’t see it. While a plunger can fix most common problems, you may need professional help when the plunger fails. Some reasons why your toilet might be clogged are:
- Too much toilet paper
- Feminine products
- “Flushable” wipes
- Tree roots growing in the pipe
- Vents clogged
- Children’s toys
If you are having a persistent clogged toilet, it could be a sign of a much larger issue. Call The Repipe Company today if you are experiencing a toilet that won’t unclog.
Running Toilet Repair
Is your toilet running and you can’t catch it? Don’t worry, we will catch it for you. Running toilets are frustrating, listening to the water run constantly and not being able to fix it. The Repipe Company has a team of expert licensed plumbers that can determine the root cause of your running toilet. Whether the flapper is worn down and not sealing properly, or the float is out of position, our team is guaranteed to establish the problem and fix it promptly.
Leaking Toilet Repair
If you discovered water around your toilet or an extremely high-water bill, you might have a leaking toilet. Leaking toilets are usually a sign that the internal moving parts of the toilet are starting to fail. Over time, it is common for the wear and tear of everyday use to cause some parts to need to be replaced. Common issues that cause leaking toilets are:
- Flapper is out of position or worn down
- Cracked supply line causing leaks around the base of toilet
- Damaged tank
- Bad float
- Broken connectors
The Repipe Company can help you replace your old toilet parts with new quality parts so you can avoid buying a new toilet.
How do I know if I my toilet needs to be repaired?
Knowing when you should repair your toilet and when to replace it can be difficult. If your toilet is causing problems for the first time or is relatively new, chances are the toilet needs a few repairs. However, if your toilet is reaching its maximum life span and you’ve repaired it multiple times, it is time for a replacement.
Depending on the problem, repairing your broken toilet can be a simple fix, like repositioning the flapper or adjusting the float. Repairs are more cost-effective than a total replacement, especially if it is a first-time repair. Here are some common signs your toilet needs repair services:
- Strange noises – Toilets like refrigerators are usually quiet appliances in your home, so when they start making strange noises like hissing, it is time to call a plumber for a diagnosis. Hissing sounds from a toilet are more than likely water leaking into the tank from the water supply line and requires a repair of the fill valve or toilet ballcock. Other strange noises to keep an ear out for are gurgling, whistling, or knocking, which are signs that internal parts need repairs.
- Constant clogging – If your toilet is clogging more than once a week, it is a sign of an internal issue like extreme blockage in the plumbing or a broken part. Toilets have a S-shaped trap between the bowl and drain line that becomes clog with excess waste or non-flushable items. Constant clogging is a sign that there is a large mass stuck in the trap but can easily be cleared by a licensed plumber.
- Not flushing properly – One flush should do the trick, maybe two if you have an older toilet model, anything more or not being able to flush at all is a huge sign that your toilet needs repairs. Faulty flushing is caused by low water pressure, broken or loose handle, or a worn-out flapper.
- Toilet leaks – The most common toilet leak is from a broken or old flapper that isn’t controlling the water properly between the tank and bowl. Often when a flapper is broken or not working optimally it goes unnoticed until the water bill comes. To avoid being caught off guard, after flushing and the bowl fills back up, stick around to see if you can notice any water trickling in the bowl. If you notice water around the base of your toilet, you may have a damaged tank or bowl damage.
- Low water levels – Water levels in the bowl and tank should be consistent. Toilets that are not filling up with water after flushing can point to a bad fill valve, low water pressure, or a bad float.
Whatever the root cause may be, The Repipe Company covers all your toilet repair issues. Let us tackle your toilet problems so that you don’t have to. We will make the repairs efficiently and cost-effective. Request a free estimate today!
The Components of a Toilet That Can Need Plumbing Repair or Replacement
The toilet is a crucial appliance in our daily life and understanding the components of a toilet is important to determining if your toilet needs repairs or a replacement when a problem comes up. There are several different parts of a toilet, and each part plays a central role in the toilet’s optimal performance.
First, there is the toilet bowl, which is the base of the toilet where the user sits. The bowl comes in different designs, shapes, and sizes and is usually made of porcelain. The toilet’s bowl can need repair or replacement if it becomes cracked, scratched, or damaged in any way.
Another component is the toilet’s flange, which is a plastic or metal piece used to mount the toilet to the floor and connect it to the drainpipe. Sometimes, the flange’s bolts can become threaded or the flange itself cracks requiring repair or replacement. It is important to address any issues with the flange promptly before the problem can cause water damage to the floor under the toilet. Between the toilet bowl and flange, sits a wax ring which creates a tight seal preventing water leaks from the toilet. Over time, the wax seal can crack resulting in a leaking toilet.
Moving to the toilet’s tank, which contains many internal moving parts that can wear out over time and require repairs or replacement. The toilet’s handle is located on the tank and controls the flush of the toilet. The handle is attached to an arm that goes into the tank and when pushed down the arm pulls on a chain that releases the flapper. While the handle does not need to be repaired often, the arm or chain can become damaged or needs to be adjusted. The toilet’s flapper is a rubber seal at the bottom of the tank that lifts and closes controlling the water flow to the bowl and can become cracked and harden with age.
Inside the tank is a plastic ball that floats at the top of the tank, called a float, and controls the level of the water in the toilet’s bowl. When the float needs repair or replacement, the tank will not fill up completely or water will continue to flow after the tank is full. Lastly, the fill valve is an additional component that can need plumbing repair or replacement. The fill valve is responsible for controlling the water flow from the supply line and refills the tank after flushing and can become damaged or rusty causing the tank to overflow.
The Repipe Company has over 20 years of combined experience in the repiping and plumbing industry and offers a free detailed evaluation consultation. We know plumbing repairs and replacements can be frustrating, which is why our team of professional licensed plumbers are here to help with all your plumbing needs. We can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and cost-effectively. Contact us today for a free estimate.
Toilet Replacement & Installation Services in Houston TX
Upgrading your bathroom’s fixtures or replacing a toilet is a big job and often requires a professional plumber. The Repipe Company can help you select and install a newer, more efficient toilet model for your budget and provide a hassle-free installation experience. Our team of licensed plumbers offers the most efficient, affordable, and reliable toilet replacement and installation services in the Houston area. We strive to provide a professional but simple process and keep the total cost of projects to a minimum while still providing top-quality service and installation. We offer free evaluation consultation with a written price upfront and always get your approval on everything we do.
When Should You Replace Your Toilet
Replacing your toilet can be an expensive project and often cost more than repairs. In some cases, it is more cost-effective in the long run especially if your toilet has gone through multiple repairs. Knowing when to replace your toilet can help you save money on repairs and fix major underlying issues. Some key problems to look for are:
Constant clogging issues
Occasionally your toilet will clog, but if you’re experiencing constant clogging issues weekly or even daily, it is an indicator there is a larger issue. Some problems causing the constant clogging could be broken parts, blockage of excess toilet paper or non-flushable items, or a sign of an aging toilet.
Cracks in the porcelain
When the toilet bowl starts to crack, it leads to leaking around the base, water damage to the floor, mold growth, and becomes difficult to keep clean. It is time to replace your toilet when you notice porcelain damage and cracks especially if your toilet starts to leak.
Mineral Deposit build-ups
If your home runs on hard water, the minerals in the water can cause deposit build ups in inlet holes located under the lip of the bowl. When the inlet holes become clogged, it can prevent the water from flowing and the toilet working properly.
When the repairs on your toilet are totaling more than the toilet is worth, it is time for a replacement. Invest in a newer model that can help you save water and money on your monthly bills. Low-flush toilets use less water while still providing enough flushing power.
Issues with flushing
There are a few different problems to watch for when it comes to flushing. Look for water continuing to flow into the bowl after flushing, how many flushes it takes to complete the flush, or if your toilet is even flushing at all. These flushing problems can be a sign of worn-out parts and aging of your toilet, indicating it is time for a replacement.
A wobbling toilet could be a simple loose screw that needs tightening, but a constant wobbling toilet is a sign that the floor underneath has major damage. Wobbling toilets lead to leaks and further damage to the flange.
The Repipe Company Installation Process for Toilets
At The Repipe Company, we know having work done in your home can be a disruption, which is why we are dedicated to making the installation process stress-free and ensure you’re satisfied when the work is completed. Our installation process is straightforward, and we will never do any additional work without your approval.
Step 1: Schedule free consultation – When you are ready to make upgrades to your toilet, give us a call to schedule your free consultation. We will make a visit to your home and work with you to find the best toilet that suits your needs and meets your budget.
Step 2: Plan the work – After your approval, we will find a time that is perfect for your schedule to complete the installation process.
Step 3: Remove old toilet – To begin the toilet installation process, we will need to remove your old toilet and any remnants of past work, making sure to remove the old wax seal and cleaning the area before bringing in the new toilet. In this step, we will inspect the toilet’s flange to make sure it is not damaged. If we notice any cracks or it is unusable, we will replace it with a new flange.
Step 4: Place new toilet – Our plumbers will install a new wax seal on the flange, then lower the new toilet onto the flange and prepare the toilet to be attached to the floor.
Step 5: Attach toilet to the floor – After aligning the bolt holes in the base of the bowl with the bolts on the flange, our team will bolt your new toilet to the floor by tightening the nuts on the bolts. If installing a two-piece toilet, we will attach the tank to the base in this step.
Step 6: Install the toilet seat & lid: In this step, we will install the toilet seat you have selected. There are several types of seats and lids, The Repipe Company can help you decide which seat would best fit your new toilet and be most comfortable for you. Specialty seats, like heated seats, may have additional installation requirements.
Step 7: Customer Satisfaction – After the installation process, our team will clean up our mess, flush the toilets a few times and check for any leaks. Then, we will make sure you are satisfied with our work.
Components of a toilet to consider before installation
Before installing a new toilet, it is important to consider the type of toilet you want. You can choose from a few different models, the one-piece, two-piece, or tankless toilets. The one-piece model is a toilet that features a tank and a bowl as one unit and the two-piece model, the tank and bowl are separate. To save space, consider a tankless toilet. Tankless toilets are easier to clean and flush quicker because they are attached directly to the water supply line.
Another component to consider is the design of the toilet. Measuring the amount of space, you are working with will help determine what toilet is best. Some design features to pay attention to:
- Bowl Shape: There are a few types of bowl shapes to choose from – elongated, compact-elongated, or round. Compact-elongated bowls take up less space than elongated bowls but do not offer as deep of a seating area.
- Seat Height: Standard height for toilets is about 17 inches above the floor. There is also an option of chair-height toilets which are 19 inches above the floor and easier to use for older people or people with mobility issues.
- Flush Handles: Modern toilets have water-saving features like the single-flush and are more common. Dual-flush handles have two flush options – solid waste and liquid waste. This type of flush handle is designed to use less water when flushing liquid waste. There is also a touchless flush handle that will flush when you wave your hand over a sensor.
Probably the most important component to consider is your monthly water bill. If you’re looking to lower the cost of your home’s water usage, selecting a low-flush toilet can help you control the amount of water used daily by your toilet. No matter the type of toilet you’re looking for, The Repipe Company is guaranteed to be able to help you find the perfect commode to best suit your needs and install it hassle-free at an affordable cost. Contact The Repipe Company today to upgrade your toilet!
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