With more than a decade of experience in providing practical plumbing solutions to our happy clients, we have already come across tons of various plumbing problems. From simple burst pipe replacement to complicated water heater system fix, we would like to think that we have covered all there is in plumbing.
For today, we want to share some of the common toilet problems that we have encountered in Point Cook, Werribee, Hopper’s Crossing, Altona and the rest of Melbourne’s western suburbs. We also included some quick plumbing fixes to help you save time and money.
1. The Double Flush
Is your toilet flashing twice in a single flip of the switch? Well, this is because your tank is set in a high water level. Though this may not present any problem, think about the amount of water wasted on the second flush. To correct this, simply reset the water level lower. Do a series of trial and error tests to find the water level that best suit your needs.
2. Sluggish Tank Fill
If your toilet water tank takes longer to get filled, it may be caused by a partially closed shut off valve found under the tank. Water flow may have been restricted for some reason and it can easily be fixed by fully opening it. However, if this is not the case, it may be caused by a clogged water line or faulty tank fixtures. If you are unsure, you should call a professional plumber to have it checked.
3. Noisy Tank Fill
This problem is caused by an old ball float shut valve installed on your water tank. This outdated system works mainly by slowly closing the water fill valve as the ball float rises. This causes the whole system to vibrate, creating a noisy whistling sound. If you want this gone, you can call us up so we can install a newer and quieter shut valve system.
4. Weak Flush
Weak flushing may be caused by a partial clog or a serious blockage. It can be on the toilet colon itself or it could be way downstream. This can be tested by pouring a large amount of water quickly into the toilet bowl. If water flows instantly, then the sluggish flush is caused by a partial clog. However, if water backs up and slowly drains, it can be a serious clog – thus, you may need the assistance of an emergency plumber.
5. Strong but Incomplete Flush
If you noticed that your toilet flushes strongly but stops halfway before completing the flush, this is caused by a faulty flapper valve. You can double check this by opening the tank and observing the flapper valve when flushing. It shouldn’t go down until almost all of the water from the tank is released. If it is indeed the problem, you should replace the faulty flapper.
6. Ghost Flush
This happens when the toilet is filled with water from the tank as if it was flushed – but really wasn’t. But don’t worry, it’s not a ghost. This happens for the simple reason that the tank has a leak. To test this, add a die or any colouring to the water tank and observe if the water on the bowl becomes coloured too. If this happens, a leak is present. This should be checked by a plumber for the right solution.
7. Bowl Water Level Drops
This problem can be simple or serious. It can be caused by a plain partial clog of toilet paper or a piece of cloth which causes the water to be siphoned from the bowl to the toilet drainage. Removing the clog can solve this issue. However, the drop of bowl water level can also be caused by a serious toilet crack – which means, you’ll have to completely replace the toilet.
8. Suction Sounds in the Tub and Sink
Are you noticing a gurgling sound on your tub or bath sink when you are flushing your toilet? Well, this is caused by a clogged toilet vent pipe – a dead bird or some tree twigs may be the culprit. This problem will require you to call us professionals.
Still experiencing these common toilet problems even though you have followed some of our tips? Or perhaps a plumbing problem not mentioned here arises? Well, call us right away! Our emergency plumbers cover Point Cook, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing and Altona including all of Melbourne CBD. We have our technicians on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer to your call.