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!
Little Henry is ready for potty training! Yay! A milestone! However, now he has a new interest…the toilet! If you have little ones you know quiet can be ominous…and then you find him, trying to flush his trucks down the toilet! If you’re a parent you’ve been there! But, once you realize something is stuck down the toilet drain, what can you do?
Get your gloves on and grab some old towels…here we go!
1 – Scoop almost all the water out of the bowl
2 – If you can see the toy, try to pull it out….if that doesn’t work, it’s time to get a little more intense! You will need some tools…
3 – Plunger – make the first plunge gentle as the cup of the plunger is still full of air. Now begin firmly pushing the plunger up and down as rapidly as possible. It’s important not to be too forceful, as this may cause damage to the toilet bowl. Allow just enough water to remain in the bowl to completely cover the cup or rubber part of the plunger. This may release the toy so you can take it out or it may push smaller items down the drain and the remaining water will drain out of the bowl. If that doesn’t work…
4 – Auger (snake) – if the blockage is not released by the plunger, you will need to get an auger into the drain hole in the toilet. Insert the Auger Cable into the toilet.
Get a water closet auger or a snake. This is not a regular toilet snake; there are some differences. There’s a steel cable inside the tube and a crank-handle. This snake has an open, coiled head that is used to “hook” the toy down the toilet, and pull it out. Others are designed to push and grind through the clog, which might loosen it to float down the drain.
While you’re cranking, you will feel the head hit the item, turn it a few more times and pull the cable out while keeping pressure on the crank. Ideally, you will have hooked the toy and brought it up.
Make sure everything works. Do a test flush and then do a couple more test flushes with wads of toilet paper to ensure it goes down and stays down.
If your toilet begins or is about to overflow, turn of the water supply at the shut-off valve. You can also take the lid off the tank and lift the float.
Note: Don’t try using a coat hanger or any other type of wire apparatus to catch or push the clog as this may damage your toilet.
If you still having troubles or you don’t have the tools required to fix the problem don’t hesitate to give Paul a call at PMC Plumbing.