Blocked Toilet Repairs and Installations

A clogged toilet is one of the most common bathroom plumbing problems. If you have a serious blockage, you may need professional help to unclog your toilet. We are The Plumbers in Johannesburg and we are experts when  it comes to blocked toilets or toilet repairs and installations – we cover all areas of Johannesburg and it’s immediate surroundings 24/7. As the most reliable plumbing team in Johannesburg we would be happy to assist with your blocked toilet, repairing an old toilet or installing a new one. A blocked toilet is an emergency so please don’t hesitate to give us a call at any time.

Toilet Repair Plumbing Services: Clogs, Repairs, Installation and Replacements

Our team of Johannesburg based plumbing professionals are available 24/7 to assist with any kind of  toilet repair, including running toilet repair, unclogging toilets, repairing a leaking toilet, replacement and installation of a new toilet, as well as toilet leak repair for both commercial and residential properties.  If you have an emergency please don’t hesitate to call us or request a call back using our contact forms.

If you find yourself facing consistent issues with clogged toilets, or toilets that continuously run or are low on flushing power, we can have our specialist diagnose the exact cause of the issue and provide professional recommendations on the best solution to improve the situation – whether that be through a simple repair or a hardware replacement.

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Common Reasons For Clogged Toilet

There are many reasons we get called for blocked toilets around Johannesburg, a few of the most common reasons are; 

  • Toilet paper overload - Avoid flushing extra large quantities of toilet paper. Frequent friendly flushes whenever you are in the restroom can also help to prevent a clog when using a lot of toilet paper.
  • Flushing unusual items - The purpose of your toilet is to handle the soft toilet paper and waste. Some items are just not meant to be flushed and are better off in the dustbin. Things like cigarettes, baby wipes, tampons, diapers, sanitary napkins, paper or cotton items are common causes of toilet blockages as they do not dissolve easily or at all.
  • Accumulation of waste - As we are consistently flushing things down the toilet, these things like cotton, toilet paper, floss etc. can get snagged on rough or jagged edges in the curved neck of the toilet pipe. As we continue to flush the build up increases until eventually the build up is to large, preventing any other items or waste from making its way down the pipes.
  • Plant roots - Often times the gentle giant roots from trees can grow their way through the underground pipes, either blocking the pipes or causing damage. A good indication of this scenario being the problem is if other drains in your home are also being affected and you should call a professional (as in call us) to come and have a look.
  • Mischievous Children - Kids do the craziest things and flushing their favorite toys down the toilet is not uncommon. If you have youngsters you might want to consider childproofing the toilet set locks.  

Many times a clogged toilet can be easily cleaned by yourself and below are a few key points that you could try. If you know your child might be flushing some strange objects down the drain, try baby proofing the toilet. If you’re having consistent issues there may be a more serious problem so give us a call and let us diagnose and fix the issue in a timely, professional and affordable way.

How to Unblock Your Toilet

Just about every toilet clog can be fixed with one simple tool – the good old plunger. If you have the option, buy a plunger that has the extension Flange. It’s not a strict requirement but it will give you a bit more power for those stubborn clogs. If you don’t have the extension flange, not to worry, just keep plunging as described in the steps below.

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  • Keep a load of towels nearby in case things get wild
  • Wear rubber gloves (if you have) for the same reason as above
  • It's important to keep enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger
  • Place the plunger seal over the drain at the bottom of the toilet
  • Make your first plunge a very gentle one. At this point the bell is still full of air. If you plunge with force, the air will push back around the seal blasting you and your bathroom in water.
  • Once you've pushed out the air, you're good to plunge in and out with force and repetition while maintaining the seal over the drain. This forces the water in the drain back and forth loosen the clogs. Keep it at if you have to for a good amount of plunges until the clog is gone.
  • If the above step didn't work. Stay calm. Alternating between steady strokes and occasional monster heaves could do the trick.
  • Remember to make sure there is enough water in the bowl. The plunger needs the water to push with force, pushing air alone will not create enough pressure to remove any clogs.

How to Fix A Running Toilet

Normally what happens once you flush your toilet is that the toilet refills itself with water up to a certain point. What if if your toilet doesn’t stop filling up? Toilets that continue to run usually have some kind of internal leak where water is been pumped down the overflow which can waste up to 700 Liters of water per day!! This wouldn’t surprise you if you knew that you were flushing up to 26 Liters of water with every flush.

There could be many reasons for a running toilet. Some common causes are worn out flush valve assembly, broken flapper valves or corroded overflow pipes. Fear not, our professional team of plumbers in Johannesburg can get your running toilet back to a slow walk in no time!

Here are a few quick suggestions to fix your running toilet

  • Check the water level - You want to check whether you have a leak or not. Mark the waterline in the toilet tank and then turn of the main water supply. Give it a few minutes and check if the water has dropped below the marked line. If so, you have a leak that needs to be repaired. Give us a call!
  • Check the flapper - Inside your toilet tank you will find a flapper device. Often overflowing toilets are a result of the flapper not sealing properly. Try pushing the flapper down, forcing a better seal - if this improves the water running it means your flapper is not sealing properly and needs to be replaced.
  • Check the fill valve - To find the fill valve, open up the toilet tank and while the water is still running and the tank still filling up, lift up the float arm (The thing with the little floaty that sits on top of the water). The ideal setting for the float arm is to adjust to the point where the water stops filling roughly 9 to 10 inches below the overflow pipe. The valve may have a leak and if that's the case, it needs to be replaced.

Leaking Toilet Repair

It’s good to keep in mind that most toilet problems don’t actually mean that you need to replace the entire toilet. Like a lot of other appliances in your home, a toilet tank contains few individual moving parts that may need replace over time due to general wear and tear. Many parts can and usually do wear out over time, especially things like flapper valves and fill valves which can easily lead to toilet leaks that are not easy to spot for the untrained eye. Other reasons for toilet leaks could be due wear of the gaskets which seal the toilet bowl to the tank or even the wax ring underneath the base of the toilet.

Our team of Johannesburg trained professional plumbers are well equipped to handle these potential issues and provide informative and honest suggestions on the appropriate solution and replacement parts.