Toilets need regular maintenance just like any household utility or appliance. Toilets can have many different problems, many of which are very easy to repair. This article will look at how to troubleshoot many common toilet problems.
1. Water leaks from under the toilet
A faulty wax seal typically causes water leaks that come from under the toilet, which can be a relatively easy, but time-consuming fix.
Wax seals can wear down and become ineffective at keeping water off the floor and in the drain, which means homeowners will have to replace the seal every so often. Click here to read an article that gives step-by-step directions on how to replace a toilets wax seal.
2. Toilet constantly runs, causing the bowl to never fill
The toilet constantly runs, which causes the bowl to never fill and water to be wasted. The flusher typically does nothing when this problem occurs because the reserve tank is not filling.
The solution is almost as easy as taking the lid off the reserve tank and jiggling the toilet fill valve. Sometimes the valve can stick, which causes water to continuously drain, thus wasting water. If the problem is with the toilet flush valve and jiggling it does not work, you can turn the water supply off and replace the flapper (flush valve).
3. Clogged toilet
The toilet becomes clogged when waste is clogged in the drain and does not allow water to pass it.
The solution to this common problem is very easy; use a plunger on toilet to help move the waste so that water can push it into a septic or city sewer. You know when the toilet is unclogged because all the backed up water will start to drain, and the toilet will flush like normal.
4. Toilet takes multiple flushes to move waste from point A to point B
The toilet is not getting enough water to move waste from point A to point B, thus causing a drainage build-up. Typically, individuals who tried to convert their toilets to low flow toilets have these problems.
The solution for this problem requires undoing any low flow techniques you tried and getting a plumber over to unclog the toilet. Typically, a plunger or drain snake cannot fix the clog, but it is never a bad idea to try before having to call an expensive plumber.