How To Troubleshoot Common Toilet Problems

How To Troubleshoot Common Toilet Problems

How To Troubleshoot Common Toilet Problems

Did you know that the average person spends 3 whole years of their life on the toilet? That explains those all those baskets of books and magazine racks.

Entire studies have been conducted, one to the tune of more than $100,000, to determine how the majority of people place their toilet paper on the roll. Turns out 3 out of 4 people have the flap over the roll. I always knew I was right about that.

With all the time we spend using it, it’s not a good day when something goes wrong with your toilet. Here are some common toilet problems and ways to troubleshoot them.

  1. Instead of staying in the bowl, water is on the floor around the toilet. This could be caused by a number of things form condensation to a cracked tank. Check all connections and make sure everything is tight. If there is water around the base of the toilet, it may be time for a new wax ring.
  2. You flush…and nothing happens. Start by removing the top from the tank. Is the lift arm still connected to the flapper valve? Is the lift arm broken? Is the flush handle too loose? Too tight?
  3. You flush the toilet and water moves out and fills up, but it doesn’t flush all of the way. Is your lift chain too loose? Is the water level too low in the tank? Is the flapper the right one for your toilet? Was it installed properly?
  4. Toilet won’t stop running. This wastes water and money. Check your fill tank and you will likely find the problem.

If you are an average DIYer, then you may be able to mitigate these problems on your own with the help of YouTube and your local hardware store. If not, or if getting up close and personal with the inner-workings of your toilet is not your jam, then be sure to contact a plumbing professional.



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