Did you know that the toilets in your home could be the reason why you are paying so much in water bills? Many people do not realize that toilets spring leaks over time and these leaks can be significant – you could be paying hundreds of dollars more in utility bills every year because of a problem that can easily be fixed. Sometimes you may be lucky – the leaks are obvious and all you have to do is get them fixed. But what if they aren’t?
It is a good idea to check on each and every toilet in your home from time to time. The best thing to do is slip a bit of blue dye into the cistern – if it leaks into the toilet bowl you have evidence of a leak and you can move to repair it.
One of the big questions when it comes to toilet repair is whether you should do it yourself or whether you should hire a professional. If you look online you will find that there are many websites that provide detailed articles and videos on how you can repair and maintain your own toilets. If you are inclined to save a buck you may think that this is the best way to go. But many people hire plumbers for toilet repair, and there are several reasons why:
You need to identify the source of the leak. Many websites will hint that it is in the piping between the cistern and the bowl or old seals could be the problem. While this may be true, a toilet can develop all sorts of problems and it takes expertise and experience to identify them. You may be able to identify the source of a simple leak, but what if things are more complicated? You may end up doing more harm than good.
It is important to know what parts are best for your toilet. If you have never done toilet repair before you may end up buying cheap parts that will break down before long. A professional plumber invests in the best parts and because their work comes with a guarantee you have recourse in case your toilets break down again.
A professional plumber understands that your toilet may not be the only problem that needs to be fixed. They will do a general inspection to find out whether there are problems in the piping, and if there are he will take steps to rectify them.
What should you be looking for in a plumber?
Now that you understand the value of professional toilet repair you may be wondering what you should be looking for in a plumber. Plumbers are a dime a dozen and not all of them are experienced or trained to do proper toilet repairs. You should ask any plumber that you interview to show you their license – it is proof that they have the necessary training make sure to find out how long they have been repairing leaking toilets and ask them to provide you with a few references. It is best to hire a plumber before you have a toilet emergency – that way when you notice a leak they are just a phone call away. Lastly, negotiate a good price – they always expect you to negotiate so they quote a higher rate the first time around.