During this pandemic you may have a little extra time on your hands. Have a look at the floor around the toilets in your home. Is there water or signs of water damage? Here are a couple things you can do yourself!
1. Check the toilet bolts that secure the toilet to the floor. Are they loose? Does the toilet rock or twist easily? These bolts hold your toilet firmly to the floor. When they are loose the seal around the base of your toilet can break causing a leak. Try repositioning the toilet, center it and tighten these bolts. If they spin or are broken you can get new ones at your local hardware store.
2. If the toilet bolts appear to be in good order and are tight. Next check the wax seal. Your local hardware store should have wax seals. Quick steps to change the wax seal: – Turn the water off to the toilet – Flush the water out of the toilet – Soak up or vacuum remaining water with wet vac – Remove nuts holding toilet to the floor – Disconnect the water supply – Rock the toilet back and forth – Remove the old seal with a rag – Place new seal over the flange – Place the toilet back on top of the flange/seal and push down firmly. – Replace the nuts and reconnect the water – Turn the water on and refill the tank – Flush the toilet and watch for any leaks
As always, if your having troubles and the toilet is rocking or still leaking and you can’t get it just right…. #callpaulhelovesthisstuff
Hello! We sure hope everyone is staying heathy during these difficult times. We thought we would bring you a few plumbing related things that you could do to help make sure your home plumbing stays safe and runs well.
First, there are shutoffs under most sinks, on your dishwasher, on each toilet, the top of your hot water tank and at the main waterline coming into your house. Try to turn them all on and off a few times to make sure they operate incase you need to shut them off in a hurry. This is something we should all do once a year anyways. With our hard water they can build up calcium over time and may not work when you need them to.
Second, make sure that your Carbon Monoxide detectors are working properly and are up to date as they do have an expiry date on them. As we all spend more time in our homes it is especially important to make sure we are on top of these things. Smoke alarms should also be tested.
Fourth, if you think your toilet is leaking you can add food colouring to the tank. Watch to see if it drains the colour into the bowl over time. If there is a leak it is likely the flapper. This can be easily replaced and will save you water.
As always, if you have any problems, give Paul a call …he loves this stuff!