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Should I Call a Plumber for My Toilet Problem?

By Daniel Burke, 9:00 am on September 19, 2020

Toilets are ubiquitous in plumbing systems in both commercial and residential properties. Even though the shapes of toilets haven’t changed much in more than a century, their mechanisms have improved to make them more efficient in terms of functionality and durability. Modern toilets are neither high-tech nor low-tech. There are a handful of ways they can malfunction to the point of requiring emergency plumbing services. San Diego homeowners and businesses should call professionals if they experience issues such as those discussed below.

Inefficient Flushing

Even with the low-flow toilet regulations in effect across California, these plumbing devices are pretty efficient with regard to flushing. When you hear a gurgling sound accompanied by a slow flush, this could be a sign of an obstruction in the S-trap, which wouldn’t be surprising, considering the lower volume of water utilized. Toilet plungers are low-tech tools that generally get the job done, but when you notice plunging isn’t producing the desired results, the clogging may need to be addressed by a plumber.

Upgrading to a Better Low-Flow Toilet

Since 2013, the low-flow toilet compliance requirement in California has been met by more than 90 percent of property owners. However, some homebuyers who purchase bargain fixer-uppers may find old-fashioned toilets still in place, and installing a compliant low-flow toilet will require a plumber. In other cases, particularly in duplexes and multifamily structures that were rented a few years ago, the landlords may have installed the most affordable low-flow solutions, and not necessarily the best kind. Some new models eliminate the S-trap, thus making them less likely to clog and more efficient overall.

Venting Stack Issues

Many homeowners don’t realize a home’s toilet draining system relies upon a vented stack that eliminates the gases that leave the drain pipes. Should these high vents become clogged, the toilet will continue to flush, but the gases will emanate into the home, thus producing a foul odor. Aside from the vent stack, there may be problems with the sloping of the drain lines contributing to poor release of gases.

Leaking or Running Toilets

There’s no question that a running toilet will run afoul of water conservation laws in California. Plus, this is an issue that will certainly be reflected in your monthly water bill. External toilet leaks are easy to spot because water will ultimately pool on the floor of your bathroom. These leaks usually involve porcelain cracks that may not be visible, but they can eventually result in breakage. Internal leaks depend on the mechanism located inside the tank. The traditional float ball system has various parts that can cause water to run endlessly into the bowl. If there’s a chance to switch the mechanism to a better one operated by a piston, a plumber will let you know.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to perform a DIY fix on an issue with your toilet could actually harm your plumbing system. San Diego residents and business owners can rely on the expertise of Burke Contractors’ plumbing professionals. We only contract with licensed and experienced plumbers to ensure our Southern California clients receive high-quality service delivered with outstanding professionalism. If you need exceptional plumbing services, we’ll connect you with the finest professionals available. Give us a call today at 858-208-7765.