A malfunctioning toilet is a scenario that no one wants to deal with, but if you run into problems our certified plumbing experts are here to help. Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC is here to offer fast and cost-effective toilet repair and replacement services to all of our valued customers throughout Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Are you experiencing an extreme clog? Is your unit cracked or leaking? Your toilet may even be overflowing in the middle of the night and needs immediate care. Whether you require assistance for a minor issue or are in need of around-the-clock emergency service, our professionals are always available to make sure the situation is resolved quickly.
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What are some common signs that your toilet needs to be replaced?
- Regular clogging: Consistent toilet clogs will likely indicate a major issue with your system. In many cases replacing your toilet with a brand-new model is the best solution.
- Regular repairs: At some point, your repair bills become more than the cost of a new toilet, and this is when you should choose replacement.
- Inefficiency: Older toilets tend to waste water, by upgrading to a newer and more efficient model you will begin to see a positive change in your monthly utility bills.
- Cracks and chips: If the bowl or tank of your toilet has cracks and chips, replacement is the correct choice.
- Leaks & backups: If your toilet is leaking or dealing with continuous backups it is time to install a new unit before your home or commercial property incurs serious floodwater damage.
What are the main causes of clogged toilets?
- Too much tissue: Although it’s designed to be flushed, toilet paper is the leading cause of clogs. When too much is used, it creates a dense wad that doesn’t break down easily and can become stuck in the drain.
- Feminine products: Another common reason for clogged toilets is flushing feminine hygiene products. When exposed to the water in your toilet bowl, they quickly expand and become lodged in your drain. Furthermore, the plastic backing on pads doesn’t break down and will inevitably lead to a more serious clog.
- Toys: No clog is intentional, but while some are accidental others may be as a result of young children who do not know proper toilet etiquette. Kids might think it’s funny to watch their toys swirl around in the bowl, not understanding the consequences, so it is important to teach them what can and cannot go down the bowl.
- Unexpected accidents: Sometimes people knock toothbrushes, makeup, or whole rolls of toilet paper into the toilet while it is flushing. If you clean your toilet with a rag, you could also forgetfully leave it in the bowl when you flush.
- Health & beauty items: As you go through your beauty or hygiene routine, you’re bound to use products that might seem completely flushable. These may include cotton balls, baby wipes, or makeup sponges. Unfortunately, these are likely to either clog the toilet immediately or accumulate until a blockage forms.
What are some professional solutions?
Clogs can be a nasty problem that cannot normally be fixed with a few pumps of a plunger. Indeed, a plunger can often push the clog further into the toilet, resulting in more severe problems as time goes on. The best solution for a clogged toilet is to call Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. Based on the particular set of circumstances we can use a number of different methods to solve the problem. In some cases a snake or auger can unclog your toilet or we can utilize professional hydro jetting services to effectively remove more serious blockages.
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What are some ways to avoid future clogs?
Once your clog is removed, you want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Here are some things you can do to prevent future issues:
- Never flush anything down your toilet that isn’t meant to be flushed. This means no feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers, cotton products, or anything that isn’t toilet paper. In addition, if you have curious children, consider investing in a locking toilet seat.
- Limit the amount of toilet paper you use in each flush. Even though it’s designed to break apart in the water, it can’t do this if it’s wadded up or used in excess. You may also wish to consider switching to a brand of toilet paper with fewer layers.
- Use a toilet brush instead of a rag to clean your toilet. Not only does it take less effort but it also prevents unfortunate accidents during the final flush. You should also take care when using bowl fresheners. If the hooks break, the freshener could fall in and clog the toilet.
- Keep items out of locations where they could easily get knocked into the toilet. Keep the paper on a holder, don’t leave things on the edge of your sink, and be careful of what you put on the back of the toilet.