Fixing A Toilet

Fixing a toilet is something that many of us may have to do at one time or another, and can actually be quite simple depending on the problem. Your toilet is obviously and important part of your home and is something that you are going to use daily, and a broken toilet, like those squeaky floor boards, can be a big frustration for you and your family. Many different things can cause a toilet to not function properly, and in the following article we will go over some of the causes of problems, and some of the ways that customers can fix them.

Running Water

One of the most often reported problems with a toilet is that the water does not stop running. There are several issues that can cause this problem, and some of them are simpler than others. In many cases, toilets will have a handle or valve that will control the flow of water into the tank and bowl. Sometimes, the problem is that this handle was turned by accident and more water is constantly being cycled through the system. The handle is often located on the wall next to the base of the toilet, and a couple turns clockwise should fix the problem.

At times, the problem may lie within the tank itself. In your toilet tank, you will have an assembly of levers, lines and stoppers that are in large part controlled by a floating ball. If the ball is rubbing against the side of tank, it may impede its function and it will not close and lift the valve properly, allowing water to constantly flow into the bowl. If it is rubbing against the side, the owner can often bend the line that holds the floating ball to prevent further rubbing. At times, the ball may have water inside that will also impede its ability to float and function properly. Remove the ball and check for water or any other defects. If a fixed or new ball does not fix the issue, any number of bent lines or wires or even corrosion could be the problem and you may have to do a bit more research.

Fixing Clogs

Clogs are also a commonly reported problem with toilets and they can be a bit more difficult to fix. A clog can form in number of ways, and more often than not will form where the pipe in your toilet does an S curve. In most cases, homeowners will be able to remove a clog with a plunger and a fair amount of patience. When plunging a toilet, the key is to get a good seal between the plunger and the bowl, and make sure that there is enough water in the bowl to cover the cup of the plunger. If a plunger does not do the trick, you may be able to free the clog with a bent wire or clothes hanger, or you may need to rent or purchase a toilet auger. In some rare cases, you may need to remove the toilet and clear out the clog from the other side.

There are various other problems that can occur to a toilet, and you may or may not encounter these issues while you own your home. While some owner's first instinct may be to call a plumber or even purchase a new toilet, fixing a toilet can actually be quite easy with the right tools and information. Use the tips that we have provided to analyze problems, and a bit of common sense can also go a long way in helping you find the issue.

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