How do I test for a leak in my toilet? The city called and reported that I have a leak, but I don’t see one anywhere.

Drip a bit of red food coloring into your toilet tank and shut off the fixtures in your home. Check the reading on the meter for reference, and then wait one hour. If any of the toilet bowls have red water in them, then your toilet has a leak. If the water in the toilet is deprived of red coloring, but the meter has changed, you may have a leak underground.

For this type of leak, you’ll need to contact a professional licensed plumber. Give us a call! Christian Brothers has more than enough licensed technicians that can be at your home that day. They can diagnose, identify, and repair any problems you might encounter along the process, while providing you with all your options before starting the repair process.

How do I know I’m choosing the right toilet?

A: One of the most important home appliances in your home that is used daily is your toilet, so choosing the right style, size, and type is of the utmost importance. Depending on your needs, it can be tough to discern what toilets can be right for you. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a new toilet:

  • Size

The first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a new toilet is the size. To determine the size, be sure to retrieve your “rough in” measurement by measuring your toilet from where the drain connects to the wall behind it. If you’re shopping at a department store for a new toilet, the customer service representative may need the measurement. About twelve inches tends to be the standard length from the drain to the wall. Also, remember to consider the height of the toilet as well.

  • Shape

Secondly, you’ll need to decide what shape you want your toilet bowl to be. If you’re looking to save room, you may want to get a round toilet. But if you’re a larger individual, an elongated toilet may be more comfortable.

  • Style

There are a couple different styles to choose from when selecting a new toilet. The two-piece toilet, with the bowl and tank as two separate parts, is most often used in residential homes. They are inexpensive, easier to repair, and are installed on the floor. The other option that is popular in public bathrooms is the one-piece toilet that are more expensive to install and repair. They also are more often installed into the wall. The benefits to one-piece toilets is easy clean and a sleek look, but they need a sturdy wall to be mounted onto.

  • Water conservation toilets

If you’re looking to lessen your environmental footprint installing a toilet with a dual flush capability. With dual flush toilets, you have the option of flushing liquid or solid waste. When you select liquid waste, the toilet will flush less water than if you select solid waste, thus conserving water. Water conservation is always a good idea if you’re looking to save money as well.

            If you need any help considering these things, or you’re trying to find someone to install your toilet, give us a call. We can have a technician out there in no time to help you discover what is best for you.

The valve behind the toilet is open, but there is no water flowing into the toilet. How do I fix this?

If the valve behind the toilet is in the open position and there is no water flowing in, this might be for a few reasons. There are, however, a few steps you can take to fix this problem on your own:

  • The first step is to simply shut off the water supply to the toilet.
  • Secondly, remove the cap from the top of the fill valve in the tank.
  • When the cap has been removed, turn the water back on and use a small bowl to diverge the water back into the tank. (NOTE: If no water comes out with these parts off, there is a blockage in the line that clears the valve.)
  • Next, shut off the water supply off and remove the line to the bottom of the toilet. Using the plastic bowl, divert the water back into the bowl and turn the water back on. If you don’t get any water after this, then you have a blockage in the inlet valve that needs to be removed. If there is no clog in the inlet valve, keep following the line of pipes until you find the blockage.