When your toilet won’t work right, follow these toilet troubleshooting tips to fix the problem. While we won’t go over all the things that can go wrong with a toilet, we will cover the most common issues people encounter whenever a toilet is giving them trouble and the easiest ways to fix them.
The best way to unclog your toilet – use a plunger.
When your toilet’s clogged, the first thing you want to do is stop it from overflowing. Don’t flush it again if it didn’t flush right the first time; instead, remove the lid from the top of the toilet, carefully place it aside, and close the flapper. This will prevent more water from flowing into the bowl.
Another way to stop the water flow is to cut the water supply to the toilet using the shutoff valve. The shutoff valve is located on the water line coming from the wall or floor, connected to the back of the toilet. To turn off the water supply, twist the valve clockwise.
Once you’ve stopped water from flowing into the toilet, use a plunger to remove the clog. First, place paper towels around the base of the toilet to prevent against a mess. Next, slide the head of the plunger into the bowl and allow the plunger to fill with water.
Form a seal over the hole at the bottom of the bowl and push down on the plunger forcefully. Continue to push and pull on the plunger while maintaining the seal until the clog is removed.
For more stubborn clogs, you may need to use an auger, an easy to operate tool found at most hardware stores.
How to fix a running toilet.
When your toilet keeps running for minutes (or hours) on end, it’s not just distracting – it’s a waste of water and could impact your water bill.
A running toilet is a common symptom for a toilet that won’t flush. These issues are often attributed to an issue with the chain, flapper, and lever used to operate a toilet.
To fix a running toilet, first, remove the lid from the top of your toilet and put it in a safe place nearby.
Next, check the flapper and make sure it has a proper seal over the hole it’s covering. If it’s not seated properly, make sure there’s enough slack on the chain to ensure it’s able to cover the gap while still lifting when you pull on the lever.
If you see any damage to the flapper, or if it looks overly worn, it may need to be replaced. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy DIY repair, and replacement flappers are inexpensive.
If there’s not an issue with the flapper, the lever or chain may be disconnected or broken. If they’re disconnected, simply reconnect them. In the case of a broken chain or lever, you’ll need a replacement.
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