How to perform toilet repairs


Many toilet issues occur inside the tank which contain the moving parts. Certain repairs are simple enough to do by the home owner.  Other problems may require an experienced professional to come perform the toilet repair.

How does a toilet work?

Side shot of toilet for toilet repair knowledge
Toilet Side Shot

In order to diagnose issues and have a fighting chance to perform toilet repair, you need to have a basic knowledge of how the toilet operates.

1. Pressing the level on the outside of the tank causes the arm with the chain connected (see below) to lift the flapper, which happens to be red in the photo below.


Toilet Flapper
Toilet Flapper, lever and chain

2. The flapper remains lifted to allow water to flow from the tank into the bowl until there is no more water in the tank, then the flapper closes, stopping the water.

3. At the same time water is draining, water flows into the tank from an intake valve that comes through the filler tube.

4. When the flap closes and water begins rising in the tank, the float (a ball looking item), begins to rise and once the float rises to a certain point, the water flow is cut off.

Most common toilet problems:

First off, before any work is performed on a toilet, you should turn the water off at the valve located below the tank.

The tank fills but water continues to run:  Remove the cover and check the float arm.  The ball and float arm could be connected by a collar which allows your to raise and lower the float.  The ball should be about submerged about halfway under water in order to shut off the water.

Tank Doesn’t Fill, Water Still Runs:

This usually indicates that your flapper is stuck in the upright position, allowing water to flow freely into the bowl.  Odds are that something is preventing the flapper from going back into the down position.

Water constantly runs into the toilet bowl:

When the flapper does not make a good seal with the bowl, the water will “trickle” into the bowl and you will hear the toilet routinely making noise.  This is a sign that you need to replace the flapper and seal at the bottom of the bowl.

Water is appearing from the bottom of the toilet at the floor:

This is a sure sign that you need to call someone.  There are wax rings hidden underneath your toilet.  Over time and by use of chemical cleaners in your toilet, these wax rings disintegrate and begin to fail.  Water coming out of the bottom of the toilet is a sure sign that the seal is going to go bad or is already bad.




Sewer Cleaning

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Preventing Plumbing Drain Clogs

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Serving St. Petersburg, Largo, Dunedin, Pinellas County Florida.

Preventing Drain Clogs

Clogged drains are avoided by creating routines that prevent the chance for drain clogging and performing drain cleaning at routine intervals.

Avoid putting food debris, coffee grounds in your drain plumbing. It is always a good idea to perform the suggestions at routine intervals. There is a number of things you can do in order to avoid clogged drain pipes.

Preventing clogged drain pipes:

After use of your shower and sinks, make sure you remove any noticeable hair or other debris that might be around the drain plug.

Do not ever pour grease into your drain plumbing pipes. Never pour cooking grease down the drain plumbing. Grease will harden just as it does when it sits in the pan. However grease will buildup in your pipes over time and prevent water from flowing properly in your drain line, it can also lead to objects becoming hung up in your drain line.

Fill up the sink all the way to the top, then remove the stopper. This will perform a simple flush of the drain line with the sheer weight and volume of the water mass

Check your drain stoppers to make sure that hair or other buildup is remove and water is free to flow down the drain.

Turn on the sinks, showers and flush the toilets to allow maximum flow through the main sewer line to move debris out of your sewer line into the main sewer.

What happens if I still get a clogged drain?

Sometimes clogged drains cannot be prevented by the homeowner. You can try the plunger or the drain auger, but if these tools are not successful, then you should call a drain professional to come clean your drain plumbing. Tree roots, rust in the sewer main line and other objects may prevent proper water flow to the sewer. These types of problems cannot typically be handled with hand tools and requires a rooter machine or hydro jetting machine. If you are located in Pinellas County, St. Pete, Dunedin Florida, by all means, please give me a call (727) 265-1911.

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St Pete sewer clog causes backup in shower drain

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Serving All Pinellas County

Another happy customer in St. Petersburg, FL! The customer called at midnight and water was backing up into their shower! Not good… Generally when you sewer line has a clog, it causes water to come up in the lowest floor drains in your house. In this case, it was the shower.

Drain cleaning to fix shower water backup
Clogged sewer in St. Pete leads to water coming up in shower

Clearly when water is coming up you drains is not sanitary. The photo is mid-stream in the my work. After a sewer rodding, the drain was working perfectly!

Why is water coming up my floor drain?

Dirty Floor Drain

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Serving: Pinellas County, FL, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding communities.

The floor drain is the lowest drain in your house, restaurant or building. Since water naturally flows towards the earth (using gravity), water must flow downward. However, if your sewer or drains are backed up, then the water will come back up through your floor drain. Almost anything could prevent water from flowing properly. I have many tools to open your drains from rooter/rodding equipment to high pressure water equipment called hydro jetting all in one van.

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