Like most of us, we don’t think about our plumbing until we have a problem. Once a problem is identified then that is all we think about until the issue is resolved.
A fairly common problem can be a toilet gurgling or bubbling when your tub or shower is draining. We will identify the reason this is occurring and what can be done to fix the problem.
What Causes A Bubbling Toilet?
Florida Code Chapter 9 requires wet venting for drainage pipes. This is done to vent sewer gases to be expelled outside the home and to prevent pressure from building up in the pipes. When you have drains on the same vent pipe a blockage can occur. If this happens air may enter and exit from one fixture when another is in use causing your toilet to gurgle. This will also cause your other fixtures to drain slowly if a blockage is present in a wet vented configuration.
Fixing A Bubbling Toilet
Any clog that has occurred in your pipes should be fixed ASAP. Most clogs are relatively minor; however severe clogs can cause significant issues if not addressed quickly. The clog causing air bubbles in the toilet may be minor or quite severe. Below are some tips to address a bubbling toilet.
Clean the Drain
With any plumbing problem always start with the easiest and most common reasons and then work backwards. If you have a bubbling toilet the most common reason for this to occur is due to a blockage in the drainage pipe. First remove the tub strainer and take out any hair, soap scum or anything else that may be blocking the drain. Once you have done this take a plumbing snake and insert it a few feet down into the drain pipe to make sure you removed all of the obstruction. Then plug the tub and fill it up a few inches with water. Then unplug it and see if your toilet continues to bubble. If it doesn’t you fixed the issue, if it continues to gurgle then the blockage is further down in the drainage pipe.
Vent May Be Blocked
If the problem still persists after cleaning the drainage pipe then you will need to move on to the vent stack on your roof. Many times dirt, leaves, debris can build up over time blocking the vent.
Remove what you can, then try spraying water down the vent to flush the debris. When flushing, if the vent overflows you will need to use a plumbing snake to remove the blockage. One recommendation is once the vent is cleared place some type of protective screen to block any debris from making its way back into the vent.
We understand plumbing emergencies can be frustrating. If you try these helpful tips and the problem persists you will want to contact Metro-Rooter for plumbing help. We have been in business for over 30 years and are one of the largest plumbing companies in Jacksonville. Our plumbers are highly trained and qualified to handle any plumbing emergency. Call us today (904) 695-1911 for all of your plumbing and septic needs.
Fixing a Running Toilet
All of us should do our part to conserve water. One of the biggest contributors of water waste is a running toilet. Many of us tend to ignore a running toilet until we receive the water bill. Ignoring a running toilet can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water annually. It will also put a dent in your wallet.
There are several factors that could be causing a toilet to run. Below are the most common reason for a running toilet and ways to fix them:
The flapper is usually the most common reason for a running toilet. After flushing the toilet, if you notice water that continues to run the flapper is more than likely the culprit. If this occurs, lift the lid off of the toilet, and push down on the flapper. This will close the flapper. If the problem persists check the following:
- Is the chain catching itself to the flapper? If so shorten it.
- Has the hinge of the flapper come loose? If so reattach it.
- Does the flapper align with the opening? If not adjust it.
- Is the flapper seal worn? You may need to replace it.
If you have to replace the flapper first turn off the water valve to the toilet. Next flush the toilet to empty the excess water from the tank. Remove the flapper by detaching it from from the chain, and pop it from the hinges.
Make sure you purchase the correct flapper to replace the old one. To install the new flapper follow the above process in reverse. Once completed, turn the water back on and test the flapper by flushing the toilet and make adjustments to the chain length as needed.
The Valve and Float
Though the flapper is the most common culprit for causing a toilet to continuously run, the valve and float might also be a contributor. Below are some troubleshooting tips:
- Does the float seem to be low? Try pulling it up with your hand. If this does the job and stops the flow of water, manually adjust the float level. Adjust it around one inch from the very top of the overflow tube.
- Does the float ball have a hole? If so it may be waterlogged and causing the water to overflow, even if everything else is functioning correctly. You will want to replace the float ball by.
- Does pulling up on the float ball do nothing to stop the water from running? If this occurs you may be in need of a new refill valve assembly. We recommend you turn off the water valve to the toilet and contact a Jacksonville Plumber.
Calling a Plumber in Jacksonville
We highly recommend calling a plumber for any toilet related issue. However in the event you attempt to do-it-yourself and still are unable to remedy the running water, contact Metro-Rooter today. One of our highly experienced plumbers will come out and address your running toilet. They will also be able to inspect your toilet and let you know if anything else is an area of concern and may need to be addressed. Since 1978 Metro-Rooter has been helping homeowner and business owners with all of their plumbing and septic needs. Call us today if your toilet is in need of repair or any plumbing emergency (904) 695-1911.
We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain.
A running toilet could be caused by one or more of the following issues:
- Sticky flush valve. Does the water continue to run after you flush and until you wiggle the flush handle up and down? The problem may be the link between the flush handle and tankball.
- Sticky tankball or flapper valve. The tankball or flapper valve is sticky if isn’t falling into the drain properly.
- Floatball problems. A misadjusted or damaged floatball could be the cause of water dribbling into the toilet tank, running out the overflow tube into the toilet bowl, and entering into the drain.
- Ballcock problems. A ballcock that doesn’t close completely is an additional probable cause of a leaking toilet.
Diagnosing a running toilet can be tricky, especially if you have little experience in plumbing repair. To get the quickest results in treating your running toilet, contact the qualified plumbers at Metro-Rooter. We’ll provide an on-site estimate, discuss the options with you, then work to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.