Toilet Repairs & Replacements
Toilet Repair & Replacement Services in Calgary
Toilet problems are one of the most common plumbing issues in Calgary homes and it helps to know:
- What to look out for if you have a toilet issue
- What you can do about the most common toilet issues
- When you may need to replace a toilet
Whether it’s a clogged, leaking or an unsteady toilet that looks like it could fall apart at any minute, no homeowner wants to deal with the fallout from a malfunctioning toilet. Water damage, flooring issues, costly repairs and higher water bills are just some of the potential consequences.
Many problems are simple fixes while others require professional intervention with specialist equipment or a replacement toilet installed. Most of your questions about toilet repair and replacements are answered below….
What are the most common problems with toilets?
Calgary homeowners frequently call us complaining of the following problems with their toilets:
- Overflowing bowl
- Plugged drain
- Leaking valve
- Improper function of the handle (weak flush)
- Leaking or cracked base
- Plugged rim
- Large object stuck in the bowl
- Flushing multiple times in a row
Unless you are looking to upgrade your bathroom, you probably don’t want to replace your toilet, so timely repairs are a must for each of these issues…
If your toilet isn't working the way it should and you need to repair or replace it, contact Alpha Plumbing in Calgary at (403) 470-5785 for an honest assessment from a qualified technician.
We know all the major brands and can repair most problems but will advise you if a new installation is recommended.
When are toilet repairs the right choice?
Clogged toilets or gurgling, running or rocking are problems that need to be dealt with but they can sometimes be repaired relatively easily.
It might be something as simple as a seal that needs replacing or a chain that needs reattaching for the flushing mechanism to work, rather than the whole fixture needing replacing.
If you are in doubt about what to do, it’s best to check with a professional plumber who should be able to diagnose the problem and advise whether a repair or replacement is your best option.
Common fixes for toilet problems
Some of the most common repairs we make to toilets in Calgary are:
- Fitting a new flapper valve or flush handle for running toilets
- Fixing a ventilation problem for a bubbling toilet
- Repairing or replacing handles for a flushing problem
- Inserting plastic shims underneath and repairing wax seals for rocking or wobbly toilets
- Replacing a cracked toilet seat with a new one
- Adding rubber bushings and seat stabilizers for loose seats
- Removing clogs in the plumbing system with specialist equipment
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Tips for caring for your toilet
Over time, your toilet will suffer unless you take good care of it. To keep it in tip-top condition and extend its life, clean it regularly. Avoid cleaners that you drop in the tank as these can damage the rubber flaps and other materials inside.
Also, use porcelain-safe products if you intend to use cleaners that are placed inside the bowl of your toilet.
One of the most common problems with toilets is flushing items that should not be flushed. Fresh human waste and toilet paper are the only things that your toilet and the piping system can handle. Nothing else should be flushed and this should be communicated to the entire family.
When is a toilet replacement the right option?
Sometimes, toilets are beyond repair and simply need replacing. Trying to install a new toilet without professional plumbing help is asking for trouble unless you have considerable plumbing experience.
Following are several instances when toilet replacement rather than repairs will be your best choice:
If your toilet or entire bathroom is old and in need of an upgrade, it’s time to start looking at new toilet models.
You might want to install a high-efficiency model or one with an elongated bowl or round-front bowl instead of the older design you currently have.<
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Call us today at (403)-470-5785 to find out more about our plumbing services and to make an appointment for an evaluation with an experienced Calgary plumber.
You can also fill out our online appointment form provided.