Toilet Needs to Be Repaired
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Signs That Your Toilet Needs to Be Repaired

Gaithersburg is a city located in Montgomery County in Maryland, United States. The city has a population of 67,742, making it the 9th largest location in Maryland State. 

A troublesome toilet in your home can cause delays, and ignoring its repair can lead to a plumbing disaster. Here are some signs that you must identify to know your toilet needs to be repaired. 

Leaking Toilet

Sometimes cracks in the toilet are not visible to human eyes, but leaks tell you the story. Leaks often go undetected for months, and the water seeps into the surrounding wall, causing severe structural damage. If you have a leaking toilet, you need to call Gaithersburg plumbing professionals and get the leaking toilet fixed. 

A leaking toilet will also use excessive water. If you see the water bill has increased suddenly, it might be time to investigate the cause. A leaking toilet upstairs can damage the room downstairs. If you have a leaking toilet, it is imperative that you get it fixed as soon as possible. 

Constant Clogging

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The cost of living in Gaithersburg is higher than the national average. According to recent data, the cost of living is 25.9% higher than the average cost of living costs in the US. 

If the toilet in your home is constantly clogging, you must call Gaithersburg plumbing professionals for closer inspection. However, if the clogs are random and occur rarely, you may just need to replace the toilet paper. 

Surface Damages

According to recent data, the average household size in Gaithersburg is 2.70, while the average family size is around 3.24. If you see scratches on your toilet, you may want to replace it for aesthetic reasons. Such things are common in older toilets that have been scrubbed for many years. 

Old toilets tend to accumulate dirt in their scratches, meaning they need to be cleaned more often. In such cases, it may be better to replace the toilet rather than just clean or repair it. 

Built-Up Minerals

The water quality in the Gaithersburg area is around 50; the average water quality in the US is 55. Many homes in Gaithersburg have suffered in the past due to hard water. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has found that water drawn from the Potomac River is hard. The water from the Potomac River has a hardness of 120–130 milligrams per liter, meaning the water is very hard. 

In areas with hard water, minerals get collected in siphon tubes and inlet holes. The mineral buildup can prevent the efficient flow of water in the toilet. In some cases, you can chip the mineral buildup to make the water flow more efficient. Therefore you must conduct a regular inspection of the toilet and scrape off the mineral buildup periodically. 

If the mineral buildup gets large enough, you may need to call plumbing professionals to handle the problem. 

Inefficient Flushing

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An average toilet uses 3 to 4 gallons of water per flush, while greener toilets (water-efficient) toilets use less water, around two gallons per flush. The average cost of a water bill in Maryland State is $42. If you notice, the toilet flush stays on for a long time leading to water wastage, and you need to get it repaired. 

Fixing inefficient flushing helps conserve water which is good for the environment. It will also help lower your water bills. 


If the toilet wobbles during use, it could be due to loose screws. In that case, you need to call a plumbing professional and get the issue fixed. A wobbling toilet can also indicate a grave problem, such as the foundation of the toilet being water damaged, etc., that needs thorough inspection by a plumbing professional.

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