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February 18 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

The Most Common Toilet Problems and When To Call a Plumber

By Ayla More Blogs by This Author

Every Australian home will have toilet plumbing problems at some point. Youre going to run into a situation where theres a problem with the flushing, draining, or refilling of the toilet. There are many categorizations of toilet problems, but only one should interest you whether or not its a DIY job. Determining whether or not you can resolve the problem on your own is important, as it will guide your next steps. Here are some common toilet problems that you might encounter.

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Phantom flushes

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If your toilet spontaneously flushes when youre nowhere near it, you might have a phantom flush problem. The toilet might spontaneously refill and flush from time to time, due to a very slow leak into the bowl from the tank.

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What's causing the problem is some sort of issue with the flapper seat or the flapper itself. Solving the problem doesnt require a lot of effort, nor do you have to necessarily contact a plumber. It's as easy as draining the tank and bowl and then checking the flapper seat. If it needs a clean, this should be more than enough to fix the problem. Otherwise, you might just have to replace the flapper. All in all, it's a simple plumbing job you can do on your own.

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Slow emptying bowl

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Sometimes, the bowl wont empty quite as fast as it should. These kinds of weak flushes are symptoms of a clogged hole underneath the rim. The problem is relatively easy to solve with some DIY manual work. You dont even have to open any compartments up; all it takes is a coat hanger and some dedication.

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Try to poke gently into the flush hole to clear debris that might have accumulated. A small mirror might come in handy for the job, so you could see under the rim. Try your best not to scratch the bowl along the way. A few careful and precise moves later, you should be able to solve the issue.

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Clogged toilet

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Most Australian households will experience this problem every once in a while. Its a normal part of owning a toilet, but its still pretty stressful. Once the drain clogs, you know youre in trouble. The water starts piling up and youre scrambling to fix the issue before it gets critical and starts to overflow.

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Solving the problem could be as easy as applying hot water or a plunger, but that might not always be enough. If the clog is located deeper, simple methods won't be able to resolve it. Many households experience these types of clogs and try fruitlessly to take care of them with a plunger. In these situations, seeking expert help might be necessary. You shouldn't have much trouble finding professional drain cleaning in Canberra or Sydney, as these cities have countless plumbing services available. With the help of a professional, the clog shouldnt be a problem for much longer.

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