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"What kind of companies or professionals install a toilet?"
Toilet installation is typically done by a licensed plumber or plumbing companies such as Roto-Rooter or ARS Rescue Rooter. While you could try to install a toilet yourself, a professional can do the job more quickly and will be able to tackle any plumbing issues, such as a problem with the shutoff valve or supply line, that may crop up. Their services can also come with a warranty. Contractors and handymen/women may not be allowed to install a toilet unless they have a plumbing license.
Home improvement stores such as Lowes or Home Depot or also offer toilet installation services, which come with a 1-year labor warranty, if you buy the toilet from their store.
"My toilet is clogged, what should I do?"
If you have a clog in the toilet, you’ll want to try and fix the problem right away. While it’s possible that it might clear up on its own, there’s also a chance that the clog could lead to bigger problems if it’s not resolved.
Many times, you can use a plunger to unclog the toilet. Place the plunger head over the toilet hole until it forms a seal over the opening. Then, push the handle up and down about 10 times, then repeat the cycle. You may see the water go down the drain on its own, or may have to flush the handle.
If that doesn’t work, you can try a few DIY solutions:
Pour a few drops of shampoo or dish soap, along with hot (but not boiling) water into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then flush the toilet.
Pour about 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar into the toilet bowl (the mixture will bubble up). Wait for about 20 minutes, then flush the toilet.
Lastly, you can try to unclog the toilet using a drain snake (i.e., a thin wire coil) to either pull out or break up the obstruction, which will allow you to flush the toilet. You can purchase a drain snake (also called a drain auger) at Lowes or Home Depot. If you don’t have a drain snake, you can try using a straightened coat hanger, but this might scratch the toilet bowl.
If none of these solutions work, you may want to call a professional plumber. Relatively easy jobs may cost about $85 to $150, according to HomeAdvisor, whereas more complicated ones could run at $150 or more.
"My toilet won't flush, what should I do?"
First, you’ll have to determine why the toilet won’t flush. If the water supply seems to be working, but the toilet won’t drain, you may have a clog (see above for how to unclog a toilet).
If you don’t have a clog, and the toilet itself won’t flush, there may be a few easy fixes for the problem, some of which you can likely do yourself. In some cases, the flush handle may have become too loose or too tight; in other instances, the toilet flapper may have become detached from the lift chain. Both the toilet flapper and the lift chain are located inside the tank.
If you’re handy, you may also be able to fix more complicated problems. For example, you may need to replace an old toilet flapper or a faulty toilet fill valve (the device that refills the tank after a flush), both of which can be found at a home improvement store.
If none of these solutions work, or you aren’t sure why your toilet isn’t flushing, you may want to call a professional plumber or plumbing service, who will likely charge about $45 to $150 an hour for toilet repairs, according to HomeAdvisor. Most toilet repairs can be done in less than an hour or two.
"My toilet keeps running, what should I do?"
You can try to repair the running toilet yourself or call a plumber to repair it for you. Either way, it’s important to fix the problem right away: Household leaks can account for about 180 gallons of wasted water per week, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and toilets are often a major source of these problems. Plus, a running toilet can run up the cost of your monthly water bill.
If you’re taking the DIY approach, you’ll have to locate the cause of the running toilet. In many cases, the culprit is a worn-out toilet flapper (the rubber device that’s connected to the lift chain) or a faulty toilet fill valve. In many instances, replacing the toilet flapper or fill valve will fix the running water.
If you’ve tried these repairs and your toilet is still running — or if you’d rather call a professional to fix the job — call a local plumber or plumbing company.
"How much does it cost to repair a toilet flange?"
If you decide to repair the toilet flange yourself, you’ll only need to pay about $20 to $25 for the costs of parts, including the toilet flange, the toilet flange bolts and the wax ring, which you can find at a local home improvement store.
If you hire a plumber to put in a new flange, it will cost about $145 to $165, including labor, according to HomeAdvisor. Hiring a professional will help ensure that the job is done correctly, however, and that no leaks occur.