A toilet that is leaking, constantly running or malfunctioning can be messy and frustrating to deal with. However, while toilet troubles can vary across households, there are some common ones that you can easily fix. To help you out, the team at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has developed a list of ways you can troubleshoot these common toilet problems. All you will need are a couple of tools and a bit of patience. If you don’t feel comfortable fixing these toilet problems on your own, there is no harm in calling a plumber. The help of an experienced professional can really make a difference!
Water Leaking into the Bowl
Here are some reasons why your toilet might be running or leaking constantly:
- Defective Flapper
The flapper is a seal that covers an opening between the toilet and the tank. Whenever you flush, the flapper lifts and allows water to go into the tank. However, if the flapper has deteriorated, it might have developed cracks, inhibiting its ability to act as a seal. You can replace the flapper by purchasing one from your nearest home improvement store. Keep in mind that flappers are different for various toilets so make sure you know which one you need.
- Float Level
Every toilet has an adjustable float to maintain the water level in the tank. If the float is too low, it will flush weakly, if it’s too high then excess water might go down the overflow tube. If you have an arm float, you can adjust it by moving the arm. If you have a cup float, you can usually slide a clip or turn a screw along a rod.
- Leaking Fill Valve
Your toilet’s fill valve is responsible for filling up the tank with water after you flush the toilet. If the fill valve leaks or is unable to fill up the tank after you flush, you might have to replace it. You can do this on your own. However, it is a time-consuming process and you can have a professional come look at it as well!
Clogs are probably the messiest of all toilet problems. However, there are many ways you can tackle even the most stubborn clogs on your own:
- Flange Plunger
A typical cup-shaped plunger isn’t going to be effective in unclogging your toilet. Instead, use a plunger with a flange, which is the fold-out rubber ring on the plunger. The flange will form a tight seal at the base of the toilet and will be a lot more useful.
- DIY Drain Cleaner
Make your own drain cleaner by pouring one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Then, pour at least half a gallon of hot water into the bowl and let the mixture sit overnight. Flush the next morning.
- Plumbing Snake
Use a plumbing snake to get out clogs stuck within the curves of the drain. Push the snake in the toilet until you feel the blockage then twist the snake to break up the clog.
Broken Flush Handle
A broken flush handle is a common toilet problem that can be easily fixed. To do this you will need to open the tank and place the lid away from your workspace. Use a crescent wrench to remove the old handle. Apply WD-40 to the nut that secures the handle to the tank if the nut is rusted. After removing the old handle by loosening the nut holding it in place, slide the new handle into the toilet tank.
For a more detailed description, check out this helpful guide. You can purchase a new toilet handle from any home improvement store. You can either buy one that fits your toilet brand or a universal one that works for most brands.
Leaks at The Toilet Base
If you’re noticing water pooling around the base of your toilet, you might be dealing with a broken toilet flange. The toilet flange is the seal between the area of the toilet where waste exists and the drain line. You can replace the flange by yourself with the help of 5/16 inch diameter water closet bolts, a package of plastic toilet shims, silicone-based caulk, and a new wax ring. However, if you’re new to plumbing issues, you can call a plumber.
Troubleshoot Plumbing Problems with Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing
By learning how to troubleshoot these common toilet problems, you can save up on your water bill in addition to ensuring your toilet is working perfectly. If you continue to see issues with your toilet, get in touch with the pros at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing! Call us today or send us a message online!