There is nothing like a leaking, overflowing, or running toilet to ruin one’s promising day. Homeowners and renters find this a nuisance since they have to go through all the trouble of calling their trusted plumber or, worse, being forced to roll up their sleeves and take care of the problem themselves. Either way, they do not have a choice but to fix the problem right away. The call of nature is not something that can be controlled, after all.
Some toilet problems require the help of the expert—the plumber. But there are others that can be managed by careful checking and examination to determine the specific trouble and the extent of the needed repairs. It doesn't take rocket science to solve the most common toilet problems.
It can be disconcerting to constantly hear the toilet flushing by itself. It fills and empties, on and off. Plumbers call this situation “phantom flush.” Because of a defective flapper or flapper seat, the water slowly trickles down from the tank and into the bowl. That is why even if you are not using the toilet, spontaneous flushing still occurs.
The problem can be solved by simply draining the tank and bowl so you can check and clean the flapper seat. If it is damaged and beyond repair, then a replacement is in order. The flapper and flapper seat can be found in most hardware stores.
Many encounters the problem of a weak flush wherein the bowl is slow to empty out. When the hole beneath the rim of the bowl is blocked, water cannot pass through once you flush. You need to clear out the debris blocking the way. A curved piece of wire, like that of a coat hanger, can be used to loosen and dislodge the waste that jammed the hole.
There are at least five seals in most toilets. The largest can be found between the tank =-0984321`and the bowl. It is also the most commonly broken seal that can be located right away. Others are smaller, such as the ones in the mounting bolt and the base of the ballcock. They cannot be seen without careful examination.
Once the broken seal is found, it is only a matter of draining the seal and removing the tank. To make the tank more accessible, it must also be turned upside down. Then you can remove the defective seal and replace it with a new one. For minor damages, a leak can be fixed by tightening the bolts and mounting the nuts.
A clogged drain is one of the most frequent toilet problems. When the waste in the bowl does not go down the drain, flushing it again will only cause it to overflow. You need the aid of tools to help you clear the clog in the drain.
One of them is a force-cup plunger. It is equipped with a bulb that you insert in the drain and then pumps with force before slowly releasing the handle and allowing a little water in. Repeat this step until the drain is clear.
For major clog in the drain, a closet auger is needed. You have to insert the end of the auger into the drain hole and then twist the handle while pushing the rotor down. For persistent flushing problems in some toilets, especially if they are located in basements that have been turned into bedrooms, it may be the sewer lines that are causing the problem. Gravity cannot pull the waste down since the toilet is located below the drain line.
The best way to deal with this is to install a macerating toilet. This toilet type has a macerating unit found behind the toilet itself, where it sends the waste. The waste is then liquefied by high-power blades before pumping it out of the unit via a normal pipe tied into the main sewer line.
Keep Calm and Just Fix the Toilet
The next time you encounter a toilet problem, do not panic. Keep your cool and try to discover what’s wrong. If it is within your capabilities, you can save time and money by solving it yourself.
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