Toilets and Faucets:  Repairs and Replacements

Need a clogged toilet repaired or someone to fix your faucet?  You can count on us to repair or replace every fixture in your home or business with plumbing services second to none.

Toilet Repair and Replacement

The modern toilet is an elegant siphon system that gets rid of wastes while blocking sewer gas with no moving parts.  But the mechanisms refilling the tank and the connection to the sewer drain often become a problem.

Common Toilet Repairs

  • Clogged toilet repairs are a nasty mess that most people don’t want to (and often shouldn’t) deal with.  Backups are usually caused by a foreign object or too much toilet paper.  You may be able to unclog your toilet with a plunger.  But liquid drain cleaners just don’t do the job.
  • Water runs endlessly when a faulty flap valve, float valve, or float leaks water into the bowl.  That leak may be noisy and obvious, or so slow you hardly notice it.  If your toilet magically refills from time to time that’s probably a slow leak.  If you have to jiggle the handle, it’s probably time to replace the flap valve.
  • Tank noise can result from a failing float valve.
  • Fixing inadequate flushing is often just a matter of adjusting the float.

Water Leaks

There can various types of water leaks.  Sometimes it’s just condensation on the cold tank or bowl in a humid bathroom.  The other sources are as follows.

  • the seal around the water inlet line to the tank
  • the connection between the tank and the bowl
  • the wax bowl ring forming a seal between the bowl and the sewer drain pipe.

A broken valve or float can also overfill the tank, causing it to overflow.

Leak detection and repair can sometimes be tricky, and getting all the mechanisms adjusted so that they work together properly can turn a quick fix into a seemingly never-ending project.  With our experts, you are sure that any problems will soon be gone with a professional repair or replacement of the right part.

Today’s Replacement Options

Most people replace an un-repairable toilet with pretty much the same thing, or perhaps the same type with an updated style.  The old 5-gallon flush standards are pretty much out of circulation.  So the usual default choice is a standard-flow model that uses about 2 gallons per flush and 1 flush handles just about everything.  But with water crises likely to continue in Southern California it’s a good idea to do better than that.  Our toilet installation experts are also experienced with the following.

  • low-flow models that use about half the water but may need 2 flushes
  • dual-flush models
  • vacuum assisted models that remove waste more effectively

Faucet Repair and Replacement

A dripping faucet can be an annoyance, but also a significant waste.  At 1 drop per second, a leaky faucet wastes nearly 200 gallons of water each month.  And if a leak is running over the countertop, or worse still dampening wood or drywall, then faucet repairs become urgent.

Decades ago it was easy to fix your faucet.  That’s because they were all simple compression types and simply replacing an easy to access washer would stop most faucet leaks.  Today’s washerless faucets are less prone to drips, but when there’s a problem they’re much more complicated to repair or replace. 

The most widely used types include the following.

  • rotary ball
  • cartridge
  • ceramic disk

Mineral scale from hard water builds up, o-rings and seals wear and dry out, and sometimes things simply break.  Repairs & leak fixing a faucet can range from simply tightening a nut to replacing o-rings and seals to replacing the entire faucet.

Most faucets last 8 to 10 years, but if the body is broken they can’t be repaired and must be replaced.  It may also be time for a new faucet installation if you’re remodeling or your existing one is dull and unappealing.

We service and install all leading brands of fixtures and sinks, for everything from economy garage sinks to elegant designer kitchen sinks.  That includes showers & tubs.

Tip:  Don’t over-tighten a faucet to stop dripping.  That’s a temporary fix.  It’s likely to make the underlying problem worse in the long run and may even damage the faucet beyond repair.

Choose Morrow Plumbing

We’ve stayed in business since 1976 with reasonable rates and with full disclosure of prices right up front.  All that time we’ve been at the same location with the same owner, John Morrow.  Fully insured, licensed, and bonded you’ll appreciate our prompt response to your plumbing emergencies and our skilled and courteous professionals.  And we don’t charge overtime fees for our toilet and faucet plumbing services.