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Troubleshooting and Repairing Your Toilet
By Gerald Peck 12/14/2016 12:16 PM

It’s easy to find replacement parts for your toilet and install them yourself, even if your toilet is older. But when a toilet bowl is cracked, it’s time to replace it completely. You may find that when you’re remodelling too, an older model toilet won’t fit your more modern fixtures and should be replaced then as well.


If you’re having problems with your toilet, before you go all out, it’s time to troubleshoot and see what’s wrong. We’ve compiled 9 common toilet problems and how to completely remedy them yourself, like an expert. Most of these repairs will take less than an hour. You’ll need a screwdriver, groove-joint pliers, toilet plunger, adjustable wrench, toilet auger, pressure plunger, small mirror, locking pliers, toothbrush, nonmetallic scrubbing pad and a bottle brush. 


1. Toilet Bowl choke or won’t flush freely

Something is clogging your toilet. Use a plunger, pressure plunger, or toilet auger until the toilet operates properly.


2. Faulty Siphon and need replacement

Lift up the lid and see if the handle is still connected to the flapper with the chain or in other models, to the stopper with a lift rod. If any part is broken, you’ll need to repair or replace it. If not, check to see if your water is turned on and flowing into the tank.


3. Ball/Float Valve Problem  

Check your tank water level and make adjustments to the chain or lift rod. Then flush the toilet and observe the stopper. If it goes down too soon, you need to replace it.


4. Loose handle 

Using your pliers, tighten the nut that holds the handle to the tank. Make sure the connection of the handle to the wire or lift rod is secure. If problem persist, we recomment to change the full system.


5. Water sprays from the tank

This is the cause of the refill tube coming loose from the overflow tube. Simply reattach it.


6. Constant running

You’ll need to adjust the stopper, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to replace it. If you find the water level continues to rise above the overflow tube even after this adjustment you’ll need to repair or replace your float valve.


7. The need to jiggle the handle each flush 

It’s crazy to go through this ritual every time you use the toilet. Simply clean the flush valve seat and adjust the stopper. If this doesn’t work, your stopper might need to be replaced. 


8. Leak from the water tank: Check and tighten water supply connection. Tighten tank bolts. Replace the tank if it is cracked. Otherwise check water inlert for leaks.


9. Leak from the base of the toilet bowl

This one is a little more involved. You’ll need to remove the toilet, then replace the wax ring and Pan Collar and reinstall the toilet tank. If the bowl is cracked, you’ll need to replace your toilet bowl completely. 


Do you have toilet problems? Let ISOHomeCare help you find someone to repair these issues for you today!


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