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Our Toilet Installation Experts Reveal the Inner Workings of a Toilet

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January 17, 2017

Toilet installation is absolutely essential for any home, but do you know how it works? Odds are, you probably don’t. Not many homeowners actually do, and it winds up being to their detriment. Most homeowners’ understanding of a toilet extends to flushing it or using a plunger when it begins to clog. The truth, however, is that there are several smaller components at work just to make your toilet work properly. Sure, perhaps you’re not some well-traveled plumber with an encyclopedia’s worth of knowledge on plumbing fixtures, but refusing to learn about how your toilet works may lead to a wider range of problems that will make living in your home downright miserable. If you don’t know what is making a toilet clog or why it’s not flushing properly, you may have a difficult time explain problems to a plumber when the time for toiler repair arrives. You may not even bother to seek repairs at all, which will damage the toilet’s efficiency and shorten its lifespan. You also risk significant money loss, especially if your faulty toilet is making you spend more money on repair services. But before you experience these difficulties, now is better time than ever to learn more, and the toilet installation experts at Calaway Express are more than ready to help!

How Can Calaway Express Help You?

If you want high-quality plumbing service this winter, make Calaway Express your first choice. We have a team of local plumbers who have the tools and experience to meet any of your plumbing needs, especially if you are currently experiencing trouble with your toilet. We can conduct both high-quality toilet installation and durable, effective repairs. If your current toilet is looking worse for wear, then you can also count on us to provide a brand new, highly efficient fixture. With our help, you will be able to live much more efficiently in your home, and not have to worry about clogs every time you flush the toilet. We’ll make sure you have a toilet delivering high-quality performance for a much longer period of time so you’ll save money on future toilet replacement. Best of all, you will walk away with a greater understanding of your plumbing system. As far as we’re concerned, unless you’re keen on digging holes in the backyard or forking out exorbitant amounts of money, learning more about the inner workings of your home’s plumbing system. You will be able save yourself the headaches associated with plumbing emergencies, repairs, and the inconveniences that spur from broken toilets.

What Can Go Wrong If You Don’t Know Anything?

You may not believe us when we tell you that a lack of knowledge on your plumbing system can be your downfall. Just in case you were one of the doubtful ones, you may the face the following if you don’t learn more on how your toilet works:

  • Icnreased Rate of Plumbing Emergencies: Ignoring a minor plumbing problem can lead to you experiencing more plumbing emergencies. Some negative results of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe or sewage backup, include: serious health and safety concerns, extensive damage to your home, major disruption to your daily activities, costly repairs
  • Unforeseen Problems: Refusing to pay attention to your plumbing system won’t just cause more toilet troubles. It may also give rise to plumbing problems like sewage on your property, burst pipes, expensive bills, and more.

7 Important Toilet Components

Perhaps there a few parts of the toilet you know already like the flusher, tank, and bowl. But here are a few smaller, less visible ones that will ultimately give you a greater understanding on your toilet does its job:

  1. Flapper: When you push down on the handle, the flapper lifts, which allows water to flow through the trap and into the sewer. If this part didn’t exist, water would flow continuously.
  2. Flange and Wax Ring: The flange is a metal rim used to attach one object to the other. The wax ring is a rim of wax that creates a seal between the flange and toilet so that water doesn’t leak.
  3. Float Ball: This prevents water from entering the toilet tank by rising to an angle that closes the flapper.
  4. Trip Lever: The trip lever lifts the flapper to flush the toilet. It is mounted on the side of the tank and often has a metal handle with a brass arm. Plastic trip levers are growing in popularity as more homeowners practice their DIY skills, although they are more apt to deteriorate.
  5. Overflow Tube: The overflow tube empties directly into the bowl. It prevents the tank from overflowing by directing extra water into the bowl. If it goes over this point, it spills into the drain pipe below, ensuring that your floor doesn’t become saturated with water or sewage.
  6. Refill Tube: The refill tube directs water into the overflow tube, which will cause the water to fill the bowl after each flush. It is meant to maintain the water level in the bowl.
  7. Stop Valve: Arguably the most important part for homeowners to know, the stop valve can be closed or opened by hand. Closing it prevents water from refilling the pipes, thereby preventing flooding. It is located in the back of the toilet close to the ground.

Contact Calaway Express today if you want to learn more on how to ensure better plumbing with our toilet installation!