You don’t realize how important your toilet is to your family until you find it on the verge of breaking. Being one of the most used utilities in the home, toilets have their fair share of issues. Here are some of the most common ones along with simple remedies to fix them.
Filling On Its Own
When your toilet starts to fill on its own—as if it’s recently bene flushed when it has not—your flapper is likely the cause. When your flapper is either fitted poorly or is started to corrode, it often allows water to drain from the tank to the bowl. In almost every case, replacing the flapper will solve this problem. If a new flapper doesn’t do the trick, the water line connecting fill valve and the overflow tube is probably too long.
An Incomplete Flush
When it appears as if your toilet isn’t providing a complete flush, you can find the problem in a few different areas.
- The water level in the tank is too low. If this is the case, fill it with water from the sink, careful not to go over the maximum capacity
- The flapper valve might be too tight. If so, loosen it up a bit.
- The chain or flush handle could be drawn up too tight. You can fix this by adjusting the handle until you get a full flush.
Unexplained Water Level Drops
If you’ve bene noticing a water level drop after flushing, you’re likely having one of two problems. The first is an easy one to fix—a simple clog can cause the tank to start siphoning water from the bowl. This can be remedied with a plunger and elbow grease. A worse problem, tough, is that you could be looking at a crack somewhere within the toilet, most likely where the water passes through the drain pipe. There’s no remedy when this happens…it’s just time to get a new one.