• Common Toilet Malfunctions and Their Causes

    Toilets get a lot of use in most households, so it’s not surprising that they are prone to problems. If something seems off with your toilet, the best strategy is to call your plumber as soon as possible. Addressing problems with your toilet when they happen instead of delaying your plumbing service call will help you prevent the problem from becoming worse and potentially leading to the need for more costly repairs. Here is a closer look at some of the most common toilet problems that plumbers see, and what usually causes them.  

    Flushing Problems 

    Several different problems can develop with the flushing mechanism of your toilet. If the flush on your toilet is weak, the problem could be its age. Toilets made between 1994 and 1997 are first-generation low water toilets, and they simply don’t work as well as newer models. Toilets older than 1994 with weak flushes could have hard water build-ups. If your toilet only flushes partially, the flapper could be closing too quickly or could be water logged. If flushing is slow, you likely have a partial clog that needs to be cleared before it becomes completely blocked.  

    Low Bowl Water Levels 

    If your bowl filled up to normal levels after your flush but then seems almost empty when you return to use it again, there may be a clog in the colon of the toilet that is letting water slowly escape the bowl. In other instances, there may be a small crack in the bowl that is allowing the water to drain.  

    Suction Sounds from Other Drains 

    Do you notice that other drains make a gurgling or suction sound every time you flush your toilet? Often, this is caused by a clog in your toilet vent pipe. Everything from a dead animal to a tennis ball can get caught in the vent pipe without your knowledge, which then leads to the sounds coming from other drains when you flush.  

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers plumbing services in Berkeley for jobs of all sizes, including emergency plumbing work. If you have a problem with your toilet, water heater, or another part of your plumbing system, call (510) 843-6904.  

  • How to Respond to Toilet Overflow

    A toilet overflow can definitely cause homeowners to panic, but it doesn’t have to turn into a disaster. With a little quick thinking and then help from your emergency plumber, you can protect your home from damage and get back to normal as quickly as possible.

    The first thing to do if your toilet is overflowing is to turn off the water with the shut-off valve. This should be at the base of the pipe running into your toilet, but if you can’t find it, lifting the lid and propping the float so that it doesn’t let the tank fill anymore will also work. Next, call your emergency plumber so you can get repairs made immediately. While you’re waiting for a plumber, clean any water on the floor as much as you can. Large spills may require a Shop-Vac. You should also disinfect all surfaces.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is here to help whenever a plumbing emergency strikes, no matter what time of day it is. For emergency plumbing in Berkeley , call us at (510) 843-6904.

  • How to Spot Toilet Plumbing Leaks

    Water leaks not only mean plumbing repairs—they can also lead to the need for structural and aesthetic repairs in your home, especially if the leaks are not addressed right away. Watch this video clip to learn about toilet plumbing leaks and how to spot them.

    One way to check for a toilet leak is to set toilet paper on the floor around your toilet—if you later notice that the toilet paper is damp, then your toilet is leaking. Other signs of a plumbing leak are a musty smell, buckling floors, and damaged wallpaper.

    If you are concerned about a plumbing leak, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We provide plumbing service in Berkeley , in addition to furnace repairs and HVAC maintenance.

  • How to Keep Your Toilet Functioning Properly

    A clogged or broken toilet is a type of plumbing problem that most homeowners are forced to deal with at least once while in their homes. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can take to help prevent having to call a plumber.

    One of the easiest ways to prevent clogs and the need for plumbing services is to flush only human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. If you have children, speak to them about monitoring their toilet paper usage so that they can avoid flushing too much of it at once. Also, invest in a flange plunger, so that you have a way to deal with minor clogs. If the plunger doesn’t work, call a plumber and do not use any chemical drain cleaners to try to dislodge the clog.

    Has your toilet stopped working? If so, then give Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating a call at (510) 843-6904. Our experienced team provides toilet services and other plumbing services in Berkeley.