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Toilet Repair Issues: When to Call a Plumber

Nov 28, 2012

An overflowing toilet is never anyone’s idea of a good time. Constantly running toilets waste water and money and can drive a San Diego homeowner insane. Sometimes you can fix toilet issues yourself and sometimes you’re MUCH better off calling in a toilet repair professional. The photo here is real. Can you see the issue? Oops! And this is far from the worst we’ve seen. Give a professional, insured San Diego plumber a call!

Fixing your own toilet can often be a do-it-yourself project, but it doesn’t take much for a quick fix to become a flooded bathroom or even a whole-house disaster (especially if you have old or poorly installed plumbing). Certain situations require greater expertise from professionals that have spent months, even years training. Just like going to the doctor, you want to be sure that the diagnosis of the problem is spot-on from the start, so you don’t spin your wheels (or create further damage) using the wrong solution. Any major problem is best handled by an insured and licensed San Diego plumber.

Major Toilet Repairs:

  • A severely leaking or overflowing toilet causing water to collect and potentially cause damage to the home’s structure.
  • Raw sewage is backing up. Sewage backups in toilets can quickly overflow onto the floor and present a real health hazard. Careful cleanup is required if it escapes the toilet.
  • Water supply to your toilet is entirely cut off and you don’t know how to restore it.
  • You can’t find the source of the leak or the cause of the toilet problem.

Call a San Diego Plumber if :

You Can’t Find Your Shutoff Valves.

Before you start any plumbing project, you should locate all of your shutoff valves and know what they control. Your home may even have shutoffs for each bathroom. Many shutoff valves are found in basements or behind access panels. Homeowners should always know where the main shutoff is (usually right where the water line enters the house). Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air places bright, neon tags on our customers’ shutoff valves to help identify them easily.

Do you know how to “sweat” copper pipes or use compression fittings?

This is a bit of a trick question. Unless you have an older home, you probably don’t have copper pipes. If you have copper pipes…we recommend you call your plumber. If you have reached the point where you even have to determine whether your pipes are copper or polyurethane…call a plumber!

How well do you know your house?

Get a sense of your entire plumbing system. Research and understand basic plumbing concepts and try to map out your home’s plumbing.

What’s in your toolbox?

Thoroughly research and ensure that you have the tools needed to complete the job. Having to run out for parts in the middle of a plumbing job is not only a big headache, it can mean bigger trouble.

If you are not familiar with the things above, don’t have the time to deal with it or just plain don’t have the interest, give us a call or request an appointment online. Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air has been servicing San Diego plumbing needs for more than 30 years. We are licensed, insured have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee…and “Nobody wows clients like we do!”

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