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What Tools and Techniques Does a Professional Plumber Use to Fix a Toilet?

Need to Fix a Toilet? Here’s How to Pros do It

Plumbers do more than just unclogging toilets. Whether it’s installation, maintenance, or repair, there are a variety of tools and techniques that professional plumbers are equipped with. Using the proper tool for the job is essential to an efficient job well done.

A plunger can be a powerful tool for clogs, but there are so many other issues that can pop up as well such as low flushing pressure and more. In this article, an overview is given of some of the common plumbing issues with toilets and the plumbing tools you will need to fix a toilet like a professional plumber.

Tips For Repairing Toilet

If you notice that your toilet is running constantly, the tank is slow to fill up or won’t fill at all, or it’s making noises that it didn’t before, these are all signs indicating a repair is needed. When repairing toilet issues, the first step is to diagnose the source of the problem. The flapper can be changed to improve the flush pressure.

repairing toiletThe fill valve, flush valve, and toilet flapper are all common problem areas that may require repairs. Some problems can be solved by replacing parts that are old and worn out and others may require repairs using plumbers tools.
  • Channel locks are handy for securing components in place while working on the toilet.
  • The right kind of wrench (pipe wrench, basin wrench, etc) is essential for loosening and tightening the parts.
  • Hose cutters are useful for making clean breaks in connections.
  • Metal files are used to smooth down sharp edges.
  • Use fire-resistant cloth if using heat for soldering, etc.

Beyond Plungers: More Tools For Unclogging

You should keep a plunger on hand wherever a toilet is in use because toilet clogs are very common. Not every clog requires the assistance of a professional plumbing contractor, and some can be completed at home with the proper tools for unclogging.

tools for unclogging

The plumber is the first step, but if that is not effective there are other tools that can be used to remove clogs:

  • Auger: An auger is a metal device that can be inserted into the drain to dislodge any particles causing the blockage. The coil can be cranked inside, removing the clog with force. The best augers rotate and push at the same time for a deeper clean.
  • Snakes: An auger is a kind of snake, a long device used to clear out a clogged drain. Snakes can be used for toilet drains, sink drains, and shower drains alike. A snake works by being “snaked” through the drain cavity to pull out/dislodge any sort of blockage.

Replacing a Toilet Like a Pro

replacing a toiletAt a certain point, replacing a toilet makes more sense than repairing a toilet. Replacing a toilet can be done as a DIY project if you have the correct tools.

You will need channel locks to clip the connections in place, a pipe wrench, a basin wrench, and hose cutters. You may also need a metal file for filing downpipes or other sharp edges.

All of the necessary components for installation should be included when you buy a new toilet, so the only tools you should worry about are those needed to make the proper connections and secure the structure of the toilet.

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