As many of us very well know, toilets do not last forever. Draincom have had many occasions where the simple repair of a toilet just does not cut it.
Toilets can become scaled with a number of things that pass through our bodies and they accumulate inside the workings of the toilet itself.
Draincom representatives took a call from the customer in Mississauga regarding an old toilet replacement.
Here is the full story spoken by our professional:
After arriving on site in Mississauga and inspecting the toilet, I had decided that replacement was better than repair.
The toilet was made in 1972 and I could only imagine what the inner trap looked like. As with any other job I carefully removed the existing toilet, and brought it outside.
I like to smash the side of the toilet to see what the inside is like and then show it to my customers, this time was no exception.
I got it to the front lawn and put down a drop cloth to catch any of the debris that may come off. I gave the toilet a little tap with the hammer and it opened the inner trap perfectly.
As I examined it, it looked as though the corrosion that had formed inside this toilet over the years was now almost 2/3rds of the space!
I immediately got the customer and their daughter to show them the exact problem. I of course was extremely interested as this is something that we almost never run in to in the field.
I got the new toilet, one that is a better grade than most, and installed it. I always change all the hardware as well. New bolts, new caps, supply tube and I even repack the valve that supplies the toilet.
I find that an older valve will leak, because really unless there is a reason to use it, most people do not. This causes the rubber inside to get very dry and crack when it is actuated, therefore the stem leaks.
Most valves today are pretty standard and shutting off the water for a few minutes to swap it out is never really an issue to clients. After the job was done I used some silicone around the base.
I always leave a 3" portion around the very back open in case the floor seal happens to go bad. IF I didn't, then the only way you could tell that there was a leak is if it started to come through the ceiling below, and nobody would like that.
Always be mindful of all the little parts that make things work and just because the toilet is new does not mean than something else directly related cannot do the same.