How to Fix a Toilet
When it comes to toilet problems, they are usually irritating. Some of those problems are described below:
This is often associated with a corroded mounting nut. This nut is generally located in the tank behind the handle.
You can use cleaning agents to clean it, or you can rub the gunk with a vinegar dipped toothbrush to remove it.
This is one of the most common toilet repairs many homeowners face.
Of course, as you know, the plunger would be the right solution to this problem.
To use this product, simply place it on the trough of the bowl and move the handle of the plunger up and down faster.
The movement should be performed so that sufficient suction is created to relieve the clogging.
Once the blockage is released, you can pour water into the bowl to rinse the waste.
If the plunger does not work, you can use an auger to remove stubborn obstruction or blockages.
If the toilet is not flushing out, carefully check the various parts such as the lift arm, flap valve, chain and handle.
Sometimes it can be due to a loose handle, bent arm or excess slack in the lift chain connected to the flapper.
The most common reason for this is the fill valve, which is responsible for the control of the water level in the tank.
This special part can be replaced by a new one. If you buy a new fill valve, you will receive an installation manual.
Toilet Repair: Leaks
The toilet is one of the most common places where plumbing repairs occur.
Most of the time you can deal with them yourself instead of calling a plumbing contractor.
But first, you need to know some basic fundamentals of how the toilet system works.
Parts of a Toilet
- Flush valve: Connection that consists of the flush valve.
- Fill valve: The water supply valve.
- Flush valve seat: Plastic ring at the bottom of the tank.
- Water valve: Knob to open and close water flow.
- Lift arm: Thin metal rod inside the tank that connects to the flush handle.
- Trap: Where the wastewater goes after it leaves the toilet.
- Flapper: Rubber plug.
- Overflow pipe: Long hollow tube attached to the bottom of the toilet tank.
Toilet Repair: Flushing Problems
First, double-check whether the water supply is turned on.
Problems with flushing usually occur when there is an object in the flush tank blocking the flow of water.
Replacing the valve will most likely solve it. You don't even have to get a plumber for that.
Also try tightening the handle, as it may have gotten loose and the problem will likely be solved.
Dealing With Overflow
Your flush tank may overflow if a lever or a fill valve is worn out.
An indication of this issue is the flow of water even after you let go of the flush handle.
Another one would be damaged fill valve. Checking the condition of it will let you know if you should replace it.
Sometimes the problem could be in the toilet itself.
Check for loose bolts and tighten them very well then you may have resolved the problem.
Now if you get a crack in the tank, then it needs to be replaced.
Non-Stop Water Flow
The best way to fix this is to adjust the fill valve float, as it is probably sitting a little too high
If your toilet comes with water intake assembly, adjusting the clip attached to the rod will lower the water level.
Condensation Around The Tank
This is pretty common in the cold weather. What you can do is put some insulation around the tank.
You can buy it at a hardware store. And it's pretty easy to install.
Check out our guide on flush valve replacement