There are lots of toilet problems that should be left to the pros, but not every problem needs a plumber. Here are some common toilet problems and tips on how you can solve them yourself.
One of the most common toilet problems is experiencing a clog. It happens to everyone at some point, but unchecked clogs can be damaging to your plumbing system. Clogs happen when something insoluble is stuck in the pipes. Tissue paper, sanitary napkins, wipes, paper towels, children’s toys, the list goes on. Anything that isn’t toilet paper and soft tissues shouldn’t go down your toilet.
When you do experience a clog, a toilet plunger will be your best bet to get rid of it. Getting one that is the right size for your toilet will help to get rid of your clog more easily.
Toilet Won’t Stop Running
If you notice your toilet running even when you’re not using it, it’s best to take action to fix it right away. Running toilets will cycle on and off continuously, and not only is this problem annoying, but it can also cause your water bill to skyrocket.
The most common culprit of this problem is the flapper. Your flapper is supposed to seal the water tank when the toilet isn’t in use. Each time you flush, the flapper opens to let water into the bowl. When the flapper isn’t sealing after each flush, it allows water to flow continuously causing your toilet to run. To fix it, you need a flapper replacement. If you have a traditional fill valve and flapper, it’s very easy to replace. First, determine the size flapper you need and pick up the replacement from your local hardware store. Then, you turn off the water to your toilet, flush to drain the water, remove the old flapper from the two hooks and disconnect the chain. Now you can connect the new flapper. Ensure the chain has the proper length by measuring the old flapper’s chain.
Some newer toilets have a disk seal instead of a flapper. While they’re not very hard to fix, they can be more technical. In inexperienced hands, it can be easier to accidentally break something. If you want help fixing it, the Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical team is always ready to lend a hand.
Another common problem that can create high water bills and water damage in your home is a leaking toilet. Unfortunately, not all toilet leaks are easy to detect. And the exact issue and its repair depend on the source of the leak. Leaks can come from a variety of problems, including:
- Loose bolts
- Cracks in porcelain
- Supply line issues
- Failing connectors
- Broken seals
- Corroded pipes
Give your toilet a good look over if you suspect leaking. If you find the culprit to be loose bolts or old toilet parts, you can fix them easily yourself. If it’s something more serious like a cracked bowl, you’ll likely need to replace your toilet.
Loose Toilet Handle
A toilet handle should feel fairly loose, but when you push it down, you should feel a bit of resistance. The resistance shows the handle is successfully pulling the chain inside your tank and lifting the flapper. If you’re missing that resistance, it could cause incomplete flushes or prevent your toilet from flushing altogether.
A loose handle will most likely be caused by an extended or broken flapper chain. The chain needs to connect to the handle and the flapper. It should be long enough to allow the flapper to get into the resting position, yet short enough to fully lift the flapper when flushing. The repair may require a chain adjustment or replacement. You should also ensure your handle is mounted and secured properly.
Toilet Water is Too Low
When your toilet is working as it should, the water level in the bowl is determined by the height of the outlet of the internal p-trap. If the water is too high, it’s an indication there’s a clog. But if the toilet is too low, there could be a couple of reasons why. It could be a damaged fill tube, damaged fill valve, a clogged vent, or a cracked bowl.
To fix this issue, start by doing some inspections. Lift your tank lid and inspect your fill tube and fill valve to see if either is damaged and if they’re placed properly. If either is damaged, replace them with new parts. Snake your plumbing vent to clean and dislodge any debris if you think that is the problem. If you notice your toilet bowl is cracked, you’ll need to get it replaced.
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical is Here to Help Out
Have toilet problems you’re not sure you can fix by yourself? Call in the Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical team! We are ready to assist with toilet repairs and replacements. Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and dedicated to giving you the highest level of service. While headquartered in North Phoenix, we proudly service the entire North Valley area and are ready to help you with your plumbing needs!