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Clogged toilet? Tips for proper toilet maintenance

Just like any household fixture, your toilet plays an important part in your day to day life.  And as important as it is, we have to make sure it functions like a well-oiled machine.  

Sometimes there might be issues with your toilets that you may or may not notice. At Watermaster, we’re here to ensure your plumbing system works exactly as it should. We strongly advocate ongoing maintenance and proper care of your toilets… before things go south!

Chasing a running toilet

A running toilet screams water wastage!

What may seem like, at worst, a small annoyance may actually lead to a significant dent in your wallet: the more water you waste, the more noticeable those water bills will be.

When some people think of the toilet, they usually think of the bowl and the flush. There’s certainly more to toilets than that. To make sure your toilet is in top form, there are a number of other elements we may inspect.

The process a plumber follows when checking for toilet leaks includes:

The flush valve

  • Is the toilet not flushing correctly?
  • Is the flush valve broken?
  • Does it need to be repaired?

Toilet float

  • Does it rise high enough?
  • Is there a leak in the ball float?
  • Is the rod angled correctly?


  • Is it damaged or dirty?
  • Is there any discolouration?
  • Is there any build-up leading to a partial blockage?

Does the above seem like too much mucking around? Wondering what on earth a flapper is?

Don’t stress; let us take care of it. If you’re worried about a running toilet, a temperamental flush that doesn’t actually work every other time, or water that rises up to the point where you begin to panic (did someone say, “sewer backup”? The horror!), then you better call an emergency plumber.

Keep your toilet clean!

Loo cleaning mightn’t be your favourite household task, but one of the most basic things you can do to make sure your toilet is in tip-top shape is to clean it!

Yes, cleaning the toilet plays a big role in its maintenance. In addition, you will also be benefiting as you get rid of nasties that may affect your health.

Cleaning your toilet properly is not rocket science: all you need is a bit of time, some old-fashioned elbow grease, a good pair of gloves, your trusty cleaning gear.  

Think before you flush: the cause of a clogged toilet

The most common cause of blocked toilets is simply from people absent-mindedly tossing foreign objects – even object they think are fine to flush – into their toilets.

Click here to find out the common household items that can lead to a clogged toilet.

Maintain and sustain

Most toilet parts are actually replaceable. However, there might be times when more than one part needs replacing. And If this is the case, your best bet is to reach out to plumbing professionals who may advise on your best course of action.

Plumbers can be a big help in assessing your toilet concerns. They can determine if broken or loose parts can be repaired or tightened, or whether you’re better off replacing an entire unit. The age of a unit is usually an important consideration.

Invest in a water-efficient toilet

Speaking of age, did you know that toilets made in the 80s and early 90s can use up to 12 litres of water per flush, while newer models use up to four litres – a 66% decrease! Over a year, a water-efficient toilet can save your home up to 40,000 litres of water every year.

That’s huge!

In the event your toilet is beyond maintenance or repair and is in need of replacement, don’t take it the wrong way. While this entails cost, you will also benefit from it in the long run.  

Old toilets consume a considerable amount more of water compared to the modern, water-efficient ones, so making the switch now will only save you in the future.

Need a blocked toilet plumber?

Whatever the case is, if you’re looking for a partner in toilet maintenance and assessment, Watermaster’s team of Sandringham plumbing experts is here to help you!

Whether it’s a constant running or a blocked toilet, trust only a plumber to provide the proper diagnosis and solution!

Give Sam and the team a call today and they will take care of your toilet and plumbing needs! Alternatively, fill in this form.

2024-03-28T03:12:05+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Blog|