Is your toilet running? Well… you’d better go and catch it! All jokes aside, toilets are a vital element of homes and businesses everywhere. But with so much daily use, it’s no surprise that your toilet can sometimes often stop working as it should. While you may be able to fix some minor things yourself with a little DIY know-how and some elbow grease, you’ll need a licensed professional to repair most toilet issues. From leaking cisterns to blocked drains, and constantly running toilets, here are some of the common toilet issues that will require a plumber.

Blocked Toilet

Easily one of the most common toilet problems, blockages or clogs are usually caused by either a build up of waste or from flushing foreign objects. If you’re unable to dislodge the blockage with a plunger or a bent wire coat hanger, you’ll need to call a professional from Service Fox to get your toilet flushing normally. Because blockages in the sewer system can cause major damage if it isn’t repaired quickly.

Toilet Not Flushing

Because their only job is flushing waste away, a toilet that doesn’t flush is definitely something most people want to be rectified immediately. There are a couple of possible reasons why a toilet isn’t flushing, such as a low water level, broken flush button, a blocked cistern inlet valve, or a faulty flushing mechanism. It will depend on the cause as to whether you can fix the problem, so it’s best to call in the 24 hour plumbers from Service Fox to check.

Leaking Toilet Base

If you notice water suddenly flowing from the base or pooling around it when you flush, you might have a leaking base. But even though it may look like the leak is coming from the base, it could actually be coming from anywhere along the water pipe. Because it might be coming from a crack in the porcelain, a faulty ball cock, worn seals, loose bolts, or a broken wax ring, it’s best to call in an expert to repair it.

Cracked Toilet Tank

Even though toilet tanks are designed and built so they can withstand water pressure, the porcelain can still crack and break over time. If you notice there is a crack in your toilet, you should contact an expert immediately. Because a cracked toilet tank can soon become a water leak or even break completely, which can cause major damage to your home.

Leaking Water Hose

The flexible water hoses connected at the back of your toilet are one of the most common causes of water damage to properties. That’s because flexible water hoses can very easily burst if they are installed wrong, faulty units or they become rusted over time. It’s a good idea to have your water hoses inspected regularly by a plumber, along with the rest of your plumbing.

Slow Flushing Toilet

If you notice that your toilet has a weak flush where the bowl empties very slowly, you could have a blockage somewhere. You can try to fix this problem yourself by quickly dumping a full bucket of water into the bowl to remove minor clogs or blockages. If the water level rises up before draining slowly again, you’ll most likely have a serious blockage that only a licenced professional will be able to repair. Time to arrange for emergency plumbing from Service Fox!

Running Toilet

If you can see your toilet is always running slowly, or you can hear the cistern is constantly filling up, money is very literally going down the drain. The first thing you should do is manually turn the water off at the cistern tap, and then open the cistern to check where the water is flowing from. Because you might need to replace the inlet or outlet valve, alter the chain length, or adjust the water fill height, the best way to make sure you’re not wasting money is by calling your local plumbers.  

Why Call A Plumber Instead of DIY?

Only licensed plumbers are authorised to carry out work involving sewer drainage, hot water repair, or drinking water plumbing services in Australia. So, saving a couple of dollars by doing some DIY is great for some jobs around the house, it’s definitely not worth the risks or fines involved with plumbing.

Besides, there’s not much you can actually do yourself before you’ll have to call in a licensed professional anyway. So contact your local emergency plumber from Service Fox so you can flush again and get back to business.