Did you know that a leaking toilet wastes unnecessary water and can increase your water bill? EPA.gov found that fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10% on their water bills.
Toilet problems can strike at any time and some of the problems that arise can be fixed by you.
Read on to find out how a toilet works and how you can fix common toilet problems, such as the toilet not flushing or the toilet tank not filling up properly.
How Does a Toilet Work?
You should familiarize yourself with how a toilet works in order for you to understand what you need to fix.
When you flush the toilet, you push down on the handle or button. Flushing the chain lifts up the flapper, or stopper, which then covers the flush valve opening, allowing water in the tank to flow through the valve into the toilet bowl.
The water from the tank flushes waste water in the toilet to go into the main drain. When the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes. Once closed, the water runs through the ballcock to refill the tank (ready for the next flush).
The toilet tank stops filling up with water once it is full, at which point the ballcock turns off the water flow.
The Top 3 Most Common Toilet Problems and How to Fix Them
One of the most common toilet problems is that the toilet water won’t stop running. Constantly running water flowing into the tank through the fill valve wastes water and can cost you money.
1. Problems With Your Fill Tank
The problem is most likely in the fill tank and this toilet repair can be performed by you.
If the water level in the tank is dropping, then you need to check the flapper. If the flapper isn’t covering the flush valve opening then you need to replace the flapper.
If the tank isn’t leaking, or the water level is spilling into the overflow tube, then you need to clean or replace the ballcock. Debris can enter the fill valve – which prevents it from stopping the water.
2. Toilet Won’t Flush
Another common problem is that the toilet won’t flush correctly.
If the water is clogged, you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible, to avoid any leaks.
To fix a toilet that won’t flush correctly, try to flush the handle. If the handle is too loose or too tight, then adjust it as necessary.
Check to see whether the lift chain is attached correctly, it needs to be attached to the flapper at the base of the flush valve and the lift arm. Adjust the fit if necessary.
Alternatively, you may need to replace the flapper if it is damaged or if it doesn’t fit your flush valve properly.
3. Leaking Toilet
Your toilet could be leaking for a number of reasons, such as a loose nut on the water supply valve, a damaged supply valve, or loose bolts that are holding the tank or bowl.
To fix a leaking toilet, try tightening any nuts or bolts that appear to be loose. If you suspect that you have a damaged supply valve, try replacing it with a new one.
Trying to fix your toilet problems can be a tricky task, especially if you aren’t sure what is what.
If you feel confident that you can fix the toilet yourself then get the necessary tools and follow step-by-step instructions. However, if you aren’t sure about how to fix your toilet problems then contact an expert and get them to fix it for you.
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