Your toilet is an important part of your home, so when it breaks, you obviously want it to be repaired as soon as possible. There are many ways that a toilet can develop issues over time, most of which can be easily repaired when caught early enough. Most people tend to postpone repairing the toilet, which can lead to more damage, due to leaking water, which in turn can cause both the water bill and the repair bill to rise.
Toilets are made up of numerous parts, many of them moving. For that reason, they can develop several common problems over time. Most of these are very easy and quick to fix, often being done in under an hour for a fixed rate. Some issues are more complex, and will require more time and money to correct.
The toilet repair costs depend on a few factors — most notably, what exactly is wrong with your toilet, like a broken flapper, a leaking base or a weak flush. This will impact both the plumber’s project costs, and the cost of any parts, like a wax ring or a flange, you need to pay to replace.
In most cases, the cost will be determined by the cost of the replacement part and the time needed to make the repair. Most toilet issues are fast and fairly easy to fix. However, occasionally, you will see issues where the water has been leaking for so long, that this leads to softened floor boards, water stains, corrosion, and other issues that can be more costly to fix than the initial problem. This is why it’s important to address toilet issues quickly, before they can get out of hand.
Larger jobs, such as fixing a flange or a corroded pipe may also require more than one professional to do the job, which can also increase the cost of the repair.
Most toilet repairs tend to be minor and fairly straightforward, so a handyman may be the fastest and least expensive person to call to have your toilet fixed. For corrosion, clogs, and multiple areas of leaking, however, you may want to call a plumber in to do the work. In most cases, a handyman will charge a flat fee of around $50 for the job, while plumbers will charge their hourly rate, which ranges from $45 to $65. Plumbers are more likely to have the part on hand to fix your toilet quickly, while a handyman may need to purchase the part and return, which could slow down the repair slightly.
Plumbers Hills District either charges a flat fee per job or an hourly rate that varies from $45-$75 in low-cost rural areas and $75-$150 in high-cost urban areas. Having a plumber or a handyman replace failing toilet parts like a fill valve or flapper can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on local rates and the worker’s qualifications. Replacing a shutoff valve typically costs $25-$50 and replacing a wax ring (and possibly also the closet flange) might cost $50-$200.
Toilets don’t tend to need a lot of maintenance to keep them in good condition. Most parts that wear out do so over time through normal use, but there are a few things you can do to help keep your toilet in its best condition.
Clean it regularly, but do not use bleach-based drop in tablets as this can cause your flaps and connectors to wear out. Check for leaks and moisture around the toilet and at the joins. Avoid putting anything into the toilet except normal waste, water, and toilet paper. Anything else may cause a clog.