If there were a most valuable player award for your home, the toilet would probably win numerous times. This MVP embodies hard work and never sleeps or takes a holiday (unless you do) but just like any other player, the toilet can begin to break down. Read the blog below to find out if your toilet is beginning to show signs of wear and tear.

How Many More Flushes?

It’s absolutely frustrating when you go to flush your toilet and you find yourself having to wait to flush multiple more times before it completely flushes. As much as you hope the problem goes away on its own, it doesn’t. Now you’re learning to live with a weak toilet, flushing once and coming back later to finish the job. At some point you’ll forget to come back to flush a second or third time which will lead to further frustrations among everyone in the home. There is no reason to live like this! The cause of this partial flushing can be a few reasons, the top one being that the syphon jet hole maybe be clogged or hard water deposits have formed to hinder it’s function. You can use an acid wash to dislodge the clog or try to clean the area around the syphon jet hole. If the problem persists or if you have an older toilet, it’s time to call Lone Star Plumbing. Lone Star will deploy a plumber to your home and fix the weak toilet, so you can go back to living your life and not have to set an alarm to flush the toilet twice an hour.


You’re at home watching a movie with the family and you swear you heard the toilet flush but nobody is in the washroom. Getting a glass of water in the middle of the night, you hear the toilet flushing but everyone in the house is sleeping. Not to worry, this is one of two things: Either your dog has learned how to use the facilities or you most likely have a leaky toilet. In the case of a leaky toilet the bowl slowly fills with water and then reaches a point where it flushes. To test if a toilet is leaking, add food colouring to the tank after it has filled. After 10 minutes check to see if the colour of the water in the bowl is the same colour as the dye you used, and if it is, the flapper maybe be defective and might need to be replaced.


Toilets are tough and they are built to last a long time! Although the toilet itself can last 50 years the components may need to be replaced from time to time. Toilets however, do break down and sometimes you have to make a tough decision and replace it. Before you go running for a video on YouTube or download a “Do it yourself” manual, just call the expert plumbers at Lone Star and save yourself the headache. Not all the toilets you see at home renovation stores are going to fit your bathroom. It’s not easy hauling a new toilet to your home. Dragging it up the stairs and into your bathroom will seem like a walk in the park compared to removing your old toilet. Consult with Lone Star on what new toilet is best suited for your washroom and Lone Star will install it, so you can go on actual walk in the park.

Bottom line

From leaky toilets to faulty components you’ll notice very fast if your toilet is not working up to speed. If you’ve tried to fix your toilet or replace worn out parts and it’s still not working, it’s time to call a professional. The team at Lone Star Plumbing will come down to your home and fix or replace your toilet.

To find out more about repairing your toilet, installing a new toilet or any Calgary plumbing services in general, contactLone Star Plumbing and Heating today on 403-295-3028.

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