Toilets are, without a doubt, one of the most critical components of any home plumbing system. Of course, when there’s a problem with any toilet, it’s even more aggravating. Try these toilet repair tips if your at-home facilities are giving you trouble.
Fixing a Running Toilet
Does the thought of your toilet keep you up at night? It’s nothing to worry about; once you read these instructions, you can solve the issue.
- Find the source of the problem. Is the flapper sagging over the flush valve? Your toilet is probably running because it isn’t adequately sealed. If the flapper appears to be in good working order, your water tank is most likely overfilled and overflowing.
- With either of these diagnostics, repairs are simple and inexpensive. Flappers can be repaired for under $10, and the new one will provide a better seal and eliminate the running water problem. Adjust the valve beneath the toilet bowl if your tank is above the fill line.
How to Unclog a Toilet
Clogged toilets and overflows are an annoyance. Fortunately, clogs are easily repaired, and with patience, things won’t get any worse. First, grab a plunger and ensure you have the best seal possible. If your plunger doesn’t seal or is a warped piece of useless rubber, it’ll be worth your time and money to replace it. Plunge with some elbow strength, and the clog should be released and flushed. If plunging the toilet does not work, the next best DIY option is to purchase a toilet auger.
Fixing Toilet-Base Leaks
Don’t be alarmed if you notice small leaks at the base of the toilet bowl. Condensation could be the cause of these leaks. If you take a closer look and discover the leaks are more serious, put on your DIY hat. The leaks are most likely caused by a worn-out wax ring at the toilet’s base. The wax ring keeps water flowing down the “great abyss” in a straight line. This repair will take longer because you will need to remove the toilet to replace the wax ring.
Fixing a Loose Toilet Handle
A loose flush handle is inconvenient, but the solution is simple. If your toilet flush handle isn’t working correctly, check to see if the lift wire is still attached to the lift arm. If it has been disconnected, reattaching it is simple. Second, inspect the mounting nut inside the tank to see if it needs to be tightened. The most common cause of loose toilet handles is a loose nut. Tighten this nut to adjust.
When DIY doesn’t work, call a professional plumber. Your toilet is one of the essential parts of your home; if it breaks, you could end up with a big mess. Don’t let a minor plumbing issue become a major headache! New Flow Plumbing understands that a malfunctioning toilet can halt daily life. We offer prompt and professional service, including same-day responses. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have—feel free to contact us today!