Most homeowners can install a toilet without any professional help. All you do is follow a series of steps, including disconnecting the water lines, removing the old bowl, and installing the new toilet bowl. However, there are a few cases in which you should call a plumber for help. You may not have the correct tools or bodies to help move the toilet, you could notice a leak, or you could experience a blockage or have a new toilet that will not stop running. Keep reading to find out when you should call a plumber and when you can fix the new toilet yourself.
You Don’t Have the Correct Tools or Lifting Power
Sometimes you just don’t have the tools to install a toilet and it’s much more convenient to call a professional plumber. You also need a handful of tools to install a new toilet: a screwdriver, pliers, and an open-ended wrench. Another important thing to remember is that toilets can be extremely heavy – averaging between 70 to 100 pounds. Moving a toilet is definitely a two-person job, so if you don’t have anyone to help you, it’s a good idea to hire a plumber.
You Notice Leaks After Installing the New Toilet
A leak after installing a new toilet is a cause for alarm. If you notice a considerable amount of water leaking out of the new toilet, you should call a plumber for emergency services. In the interim, you must do what you can to stop the leak and minimize the damage. For example, if you notice water leaking onto the floor, you should place a bucket down to avoid water damage to your foundation.
The New Toilet Gets Blocked
After installing a new toilet, you should flush it a few times to ensure that it is working properly. If you notice a clog, the first step is to use a plunger to see if you could fix it yourself. Do not try to flush the toilet more than a couple of times to avoid flooding. If the toilet does not flush after you try to plunge it, it’s possible that there is an underlying issue and the clog could cause damage to your plumbing system. If that is the cause, contacting a plumber is the best route to go.
The New Toilet Does Not Stop Running
A running toilet is not only an annoyance, but it can also skyrocket your water bill. A toilet, on average, uses 1.6 gallons of water every time it flushes. There are several reasons why your toilet won’t stop running – a broken flipper, a too loose or too tight flapper chain, or a tank with an incorrect water level. In most cases, you can troubleshoot yourself and get the toilet to stop running. If you try everything and the toilet keeps running, you should have a plumber come look at it. If you leave your toilet running for too long, you will eventually spend more on your water bill than you would on a plumber.