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When things go wrong with your home toilet, it could be one of the most typical– and troubling– plumbing problems you could experience in your home. Whether your toilet is overflowing or running continually, toilet repairs are problems you can not put aside.

 

It would be best if you always try and maintain toilets in good working order as they are among the most significant fixtures in a plumbing system. We don’t offer them much thought till something goes wrong and they stop working.

 

The feared clogged-up toilet is one of homeowners’ most typical domestic challenges. Many will try to fix toilet problems, only to find that the fix did not work or that the problem reappeared.

 

When your toilet requires more than a plunger service, it’s best to call a plumber near me for all toilet repair or installation needs. With years of experience, our expert team can handle the job fast and effectively.

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Most Common Problems with Toilets in Homes

Plenty of toilet repairs are best left for the pros to handle. Nonetheless, not every situation requires emergency plumbing services.

Allow us to go through a few of the standard toilet problems faced by customers that have called us for ideas on how to repair toilet problems:

Groaning noises from toilets

If you hear moaning noises from a toilet, it could be due to a rise in water pressure, which allows a water valve to shudder or shake.

Random or constant flushing

Either of these two problems will possibly trigger toilets to flush and start filling up on their own:

 

  • ( 1) the refill tube is too long, or
  • ( 2) it can also be a leaking flapper

 

This flushing at random leads to water damage and waste, resulting in a higher monthly water service bill.

Compound flushing

Perhaps you only flush once; however, the toilet flushes twice or even three times. A high water level is usually the source of this issue. Changing the float control within the tank will typically fix this.

Water dripping into the bowl, or “Phantom Flushes”

A slow leak from the tank into the bowl is the source of the problem here. A malfunctioning flapper or flapper seat is undoubtedly to blame.

 

Replacing a worn or damaged flapper is the best solution to avoid plumbing issues. Empty the water tank, clean and check the seat, then change the flapper.

Sluggish flushes

A low water level or the lift chain that links the flush handle and the flapper valve could cause a toilet only to flush partially. Loosen the lift chain to let the flapper settle correctly inside the bowl.

Base leaks

The gasket made of wax between the drain pipeline and the base of the unit must be replaced if your toilet leaks when flushed. This procedure requires experienced plumbing service.

The toilet is not flushing totally

  • Check if the lift chain has any slack, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Check for an appropriate water level in the tank.
  • After that, ensure that the flapper is fitted correctly and is the best size and style for your toilet.

The Bowl Empties Slow

Blocked openings under the bowl’s surface area are the most typical cause of a slow-emptying bowl, also referred to as a poor flush. To clean out any clutter, gently jab each flush opening with a curved piece of wire.

 

If you are still unable to resolve these issues, it will be best to contact a local plumber near me.

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A toilet consists of two major parts: the bowl unit, which rests on the floor, and the upper tank that holds the water. The bowl is a solid drain piece of the fixture made from porcelain with no moving parts.

 

Few repairs involve the bowl, with a few exceptions. On the other hand, the tank is where two important valves exist and the handle for flushing. The tank is where much of the toilet repairs happen.

 

You will be surprised to learn that most toilet issues are relatively easy to fix without the need of an emergency plumber.

Running Toilet Repair

If you’ve tried a new flapper to fix your running toilet and it still runs, don’t give up hope. Here’s a solution that makes sure it works.

 

Few home nuisances are somewhat as irritating as the sound of a continuously running toilet. If you hear your toilet filling up too often, or if you hear the constant hiss of running water, the flapper might be leaking.

 

The flapper (also known as the “flush valve seal”) is the plug that falls against the drain opening (flush valve drain seat) on the bottom of the tank. It holds water till the next time you flush. When flappers or flush valve seats wear, water drips out, creating the water valve to open and refill the tank.

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Step 1: Changing Flapper

First, remove the old flapper and bring it with you to the hardware shop or home center to find a similar one.

 

Note: Sometimes, a new flapper does not fix the problem. If you have tried changing the toilet flapper, but the toilet still runs, the flush valve seat is probably rough or pitted.

 

You can replace the complete flush toilet flapper valve; nonetheless, it’s a big task, and it might need the experience of a plumber near me.

Step 2: Flapper Kit with Flush Seat Repairing

If changing the flapper alone failed to work, look for a flapper kit with a flush seat repair.

 

Note: You want to buy a Flush valve repair kit. The kit has a flapper and matching seat that you stick to the damaged seat with the glue supplied.

 

  • First, close the water to the toilet.
  • Hold the flapper open while flushing to allow the remaining water to drain from the tank.
  • Make use of a sponge to wipe out the water that stays entirely.
  • Follow the included directions to install the brand-new toilet flapper valve seat.
    • Pro tip: If your toilet uses 3.5 gallons or less of water per flush, you will need a set that includes a plastic cup to change the flapper’s time to stay open. If your toilet uses more than this, remove the timing cup.
      Install the brand-new flapper.
  • With the flapper down, adjust the chain length, so it’s somewhat relaxed.
  • Turn on the water to test the flush.

 

Note: You might have to fiddle with the chain size to get the flapper working correctly.

When finished, cut off the excess chain to keep it from getting stuck under the flapper.

Broken Toilet Handle

If shaking the toilet handle does not stop your toilet from running, any of these simple fixes probably will.

 

A toilet handle is a primary device– just a few things can malfunction. The solution is much easier than you think.

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Step 1: Loose Handle

If the handle is loose, tighten up the nut and washer inside the tank with a pair of pliers. Do not overtighten the nut; you might strip the threads or, even worse, damage the porcelain tank.

 

If the handle sticks in the down flush position, it might not be mounted properly. Loosen the nut washer, reposition the handle to align with the top side of the tank, and re-tighten the nut.

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Step 2: Stripped Threads

If the nut does not tighten up or keeps coming loose, it’s a sign that the nut threads are stripped. For a quick fix, wrap the threads on the handle screw with “plumber’s tape” or electrical tape. Then move the washer and nut back on and tighten up the nut.

It is often best to replace the toilet handle if the threads are too damaged or damaged.

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Step 3: Handle Arm

  • Look into the handle arm for problems, splits, or breaks.
  • If there are problems, replace the entire handle and arm assembly.
    • Pro tip: Remember where your handle mounts on the tank before purchasing a replacement handle. There are numerous kinds: front mount left, front mount right, front mount universal, and side mount.
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Tip 4: The Chain

Suppose the handle appears to be running correctly, yet the toilet still does not flush. In that case, the chain attaching the handle arm to the flapper could be detached or damaged.

    • Pro Tip: Before working on the chain, empty the tank, closed the water valve, and pull up on the flapper, letting the water to drain.

 

  • If the chain detaches from the handle arm, reconnect the chain from the flapper into the holes on the handle arm, using the chain hook.
  • Leave a little slack in the chain.
  • If the chain detaches from the flapper, reconnect the chain to the flapper.
  • If the chain or the flapper is defective, replace it.

Toilet Shopping Tips

Sick of your old, leaking, water hog of a toilet and wish to purchase a new one? Today you’ll find water-efficient toilets with an array of options. We provide these ideas for the next time you go toilet shopping.

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Insulated tank

If summertimes are damp where you live, and you don’t have air conditioning, you’ve probably noticed your toilet “sweating” quite a bit. Condensation forming on the exterior of a toilet can trickle down, making a water mess and even rotting your floor.

 

Toilets today are made available with insulated storage tanks to avoid condensation problems. Look into this alternative if you have “sweating toilet” issues in your home.

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Bowl height

Bowl height is the distance from the floor to the top of the toilet bowl’s edge– the typical height for toilets is 14 to 15 inches. Yet today, you’ll find toilets 16 to 18 inches high, often called “comfort level” or “ADA height” or something similar.

 

The added heights available make getting on and off the toilet much more accessible and comfortable for many people, especially aging people. Toilets made for youngster heights of 10 to 14 inches are also available.

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One-piece vs. two-piece

A two-piece toilet (a separate tank and bowl) is the most typical style in homes. Yet one-piece designs are offered. Two-piece toilets are generally less expensive; one-piece toilets typically have shorter storage tanks and are much easier to clean.

 

One-piece toilets are the choice of many homeowners for their smooth, sleek appeal.

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Price

When it pertains to toilets, expensive does not instantly suggest better efficiency. Many of the best models we have tested were reasonably cost-effective and performed well. In comparison, more expensive ones were only marginal efficient.

Color

Fashion is fickle. Stick with a white or an off-white color toilet to avoid being stuck to a color you’ll dislike a few years later.

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Flush-handle location

If you have a large bathroom and have ample space above or beside your toilet, this perhaps isn’t all that essential. Make sure to pick a toilet with a top handle or one opposite the wall if the space is limited.

 

Purchasing a suitable toilet is very important, so spare yourself a return trip to the shop and pay attention.

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Rough-in

“Rough-in” measurement is the distance between the flange screws that anchor the toilet bowl to the floor and the wall surface behind the toilet. Twelve-inch “rough-ins” are the most typical; however, in some older houses, you might have 10-in. or 14-in. “rough-ins.”

 

Pro Tip: Ensure to measure your “rough-in” and account for the thickness of your baseboard, paneling, or floor tile before you go toilet shopping.

Bowl shape

Many toilets marketed today have either round-front bowls or elongated-front bowls. Round-front bowls are great if the area is tight. Elongated bowls have a more extended edge– as much as two in. longer– and need more space.

 

On the plus side, elongated bowls are typically much comfier for adult use and help boost health and wellness. Assess vendor websites for bowl measurements, and measure your space before choosing the bowl shape.

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Footprint

If you mount a new toilet with a smaller tank, you might have to paint the part of the wall surface area covered by the old toilet tank.

 

If your old toilet had a large footprint (the base covers a large floor area), you might have to patch and repair the floor part surrounded by the old toilet. You might additionally have to replace the whole floor before setting up a new toilet with a smaller footprint.

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