Commercial Plumbing 101: 3 Common Reasons For Toilet Woes

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Commercial Plumbing 101: 3 Common Reasons For Toilet Woes

10 March 2017
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A toilet is one of the most important fixtures in any home or business. Unfortunately, it's not something that most people give much though to. Of course, that is until it stops functioning properly. Whether you own a business or manage a company, knowing what could be causing the toilet problem is key to getting it fixed quickly. So what are some common issues that affect the performance of a toilet? Here are three:

1. Slow and Sluggish Flush

A toilet that flushes slowly and sluggishly isn't normal. While you might not think it's too much of a problem, a slow-flushing toilet can quickly escalate into a large problem. A toilet that has a slow flush is most commonly caused by a clog. However, the clog is likely located deep within the piping. Luckily, this issue is usually easy to resolve. You can attempt to fix it yourself by pouring water down the toilet, but if it still continues to flush slowly you'll need to hire a professional – as deep clogs aren't easy to remove.

2. Leaking Water

Another issue you might notice with your toilet is leaking. As you might expect, a leaking toilet indicates a more serious problem. Not only does leaking cause sanitary problems, it can also ruin your flooring. If you have a leak coming from your toilet, you'll need to turn off the water in the building so that you don't get water damage or flooding. Fortunately, a leak isn't very difficult to fix. For most leaks, all you'll need to do is replace the sealant between the bowl and pedestal of the toilet. If you don't have the supplies on hand to fix the issue, contact an emergency commercial plumber so that you can get the issue resolved properly and quickly.

3. Low Water Level

A low water level in the toilet is another common problem. Most toilets have a specific level of water in the bowl at all times. If you notice that there isn't much water in the toilet bowl anymore, you have a problem. Low water level may indicate a clog or partial clog, usually located within the pipe. However, the clog could also be located within the bowl itself. If you notice that your toilet does have a low water level, examine the toilet bowl and piping. If you can see a clog, remove it with a plumbing snake or plunger. If that doesn't work, call in a professional for assistance.

A toilet is that doesn't work properly is the last thing you want – especially in a busy business. While there are many issues that could be causing your toilet to stop functioning, these three are the most common. If you notice any of these signs in your toilet, limit access to the bathroom and call a professional commercial plumber at a company like Towers Murray Plumbing for repairs.