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Tools of the Trade To Troubleshoot Toilets!

Teaching Homeowners About Plumbing Tools

Considering what they do, toilets are generally very reliable appliances common in the household. However, toilet problems can be a disgusting and potentially expensive scenario. Knowing how to deal with toilet problems can empower homeowners to know how to handle small issues themselves and help them decide when to call for professional help. 

In this article, plumbing experts share helpful information that can help homeowners know how to better care for their toilets and prevent nasty emergencies. 

Different Tools for Toilets

There are several tools available plumbers and homeowners can use to fix clogs. Knowing the appropriate tool and how to use it can help homeowners save on frivolous plumbing bills and prevent them from causing further damage to their plumbing system. 

What to Use:

  • Plungers: For homeowners, plungers are the first line of defense against toilet clogs. By vigorously plunging the bottom of the toilet basin, the pressure pushes and pulls against plugs. This is usually the only tool needed for most fixes. 

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What Not to Use:

  • Snakes: Plumbing snakes are usually reserved for professionals. After the homeowner and plumbers try plunging a clog from a toilet, the plumber may decide to run a snake down the line. This is usually reserved for serious clogs, and most often, the toilet is pulled off the stack so the snake won’t damage it. 
  • Chemical Drain Cleaners: Homeowners should never use chemical drain cleaners. Even most plumbers won’t use them. Chemical drain cleaners are harsh chemicals that are dangerous and can cause damage to the rest of a plumbing system. 

Common Toilet Repairs

Not every toilet problem is a nasty clog. Toilets also need to flush properly and fill the tank with no problems to keep operating properly. Constant water leaking is a common problem in many toilets. A running toilet is noisy and can quickly waste large amounts of water. 

Weak flushing is another common problem. Weak flushing can happen because the tank isn’t filling up or the flush valve isn’t opening all the way. Whether the problem is weak flushing or a running toilet, the solution is the same. The toilet will need a tank rebuild kit to restore performance, or sometimes the current kit can be adjusted to fix such problems. Such repairs are quick and cheaper than replacing the whole toilet, and they can easily fix these two common problems. 

When To Replace a Toilet


Toilets are made to last, but there are some occasions when it becomes necessary to start over with a new model. When problems become too frequent, then it may be time to consider a replacement

Common problems that may require toilet replacement are:

  • Frequent clogs
  • Constant running
  • Weak flushes
  • Cracks in the bowl or tank
  • Outdated
  • Stained and dirty

When it is decided that a new toilet is needed, finding professional help is definitely the way to go. Problems encountered during a toilet installation can leave homes without a toilet and lead to gross problems down the line. 

About Craftsman Plumbing Company

Craftsman Plumbing Company is a full-service residential and commercial plumbing company serving the O’Fallon, MO region. They offer a satisfaction guarantee from professional and uniformed technicians. With same-day service, expert technicians, and reliable toilet repair service, they are the trusted source for homeowners.