As one of the most commonly-used pieces of plumbing in your home, it’s natural to want to ensure your toilet is always in good shape. There are a few potentials signs that this might not be the case, and one such sign is a whistling sound coming from the toilet – whether in a soft format, an extremely loud one or something in between.
At Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we’re here to help. We provide a variety of toilet repairs and new installations among our numerous plumbing services, with experienced plumbers who will not rest until the job is done properly. Let’s go over some of the potential causes of whistling within your toilet, what you can do about it and whether you should hire a plumber or attempt some of these fixes on your own.
Possible Causes of Whistling
Generally speaking, the primary cause of whistling in the toilet is vibration of the ball and armature that make up your toilet’s metal ballcock valve. Often due to an issue with the fill valve gasket or other worn-down parts in this area, the metal in this component will begin to vibrate, leading to the whistling sound you’re hearing.
If your toilet does not have a metal ballcock valve, or if you’ve determined that all the related components are in good condition, call one of our plumbers to come inspect the toilet and get to the root of the issue, which might be a bit more complex.
In cases where the gasket and valve are indeed the cause of the issue, you have the choice of either replacing the gasket itself or simply replacing the entire valve. Frankly, given the cost of modern plastic toilet parts, it often simply makes sense to go the full mile and replace the entire valve – this prevents any need to take the component apart to get to the gasket.
Plumber or DIY?
For those who have experience with toilets and related components, this is a relatively simple repair. If you do choose to perform it yourself, just be sure to shut your water off in advance and ensure everything is secured properly.
However, if there’s even a shred of doubt in your mind about the process you’re attempting, you should leave it to our plumbers instead of risking further issues. Just a single incorrect move can lead to major water damage or breakage on other pieces in the toilet, complicating your problem and costing you far more than a quick service appointment with our team ever would. Unless you have specific experience making these repairs, we highly recommend calling our team for affordable repairs.
For more on remedying a whistling noise in your toilet, or to learn about any of our plumbing or heating and air services, speak to the staff at Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.