Two Common Problems with Toilets and How to Fix Them

Let’s face it… although you might not think about your toilet too often, it’s actually one of the most important things in your home. A functioning toilet is a toilet that you don’t have to think or worry about, and that can only be a good thing.

However, when things do go wrong, it’s nothing short of a disaster, particularly if you only have on toilet in your home. Blockages, flushing issues, leaks, and other problems can turn your tranquil and beautifully designed bathroom into a major problem that you need to resolve.

Modern toilets are much more reliable and functional than those of yesteryear, but they can still develop problems from time to time. Knowing how to fix the most common problems will ensure that you’ll never be majorly inconvenienced by malfunctioning toilets.

Repairing Toilets with a Weak or Faulty Flusher

Modern ToiletsA weak flush or a faulty flush from modern toilets is usually related to the toilet flapper. The flapper is a small device, similar to a bath plug, that opens and then closes whenever you flush your toilet. If the flapper is not working properly then it could be worn or damaged, meaning that you’ll need to replace it. The good news is that this is a simple job that you can perform with a replacement part from your local hardware store.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Turn off the water supply to your toilet.
  • Remove the top cover of your water tank/cistern.
  • Take a look at the components in the tank. You’ll be able to identify the flapper as a rubber or plastic plug mechanism at the bottom of the tank.
  • Sometimes a flushing problem is caused by a problem between the flapper and the floating counterweight. If the chain is kinked, simply straighten it out and reseat the flapper at the bottom of the tank.
  • If the flapper is cracked or otherwise damaged or worn, then you’ll need to replace it. Remove the flapper (it will be connected with simple pegs), clean it, and take it to your local hardware store to find a matching replacement.
  • Your new flapper will come with a chain installed, and you’ll simply need to reconnect the flapper to the buoyancy counterweight and the pegs at the bottom of the water tank.

After these steps, you should get a full powerful flush with no leaks. If you get stuck at any time during these steps, or if you have modern toilets with different mechanisms inside, you can call a professional to have this easy fix performed.

Blocked Toilets

Modern ToiletA blocked or slow draining toilet is a major inconvenience, and is something that you’ll need to resolve quickly if you want to be comfortable in your bathroom. Blocked toilets are usually caused by too much toilet paper being flushed, which causes a backup in the pipe.

A plunger is the simplest way to remove a blockage, but won’t always work for stubborn clogs that are caused by other forms of debris. When a plunger doesn’t work, you can try to use a drain snake (auger) to remove the blockage.

Drain snakes are available from hardware stores and can be operated by hand. They are flexible metal wires that can be inserted into the toilet plumbing (from the bowl) and then manipulated by hand. Twisting and turning a drain snake handle can break up blockages, and the pressure of the water should then be able to push the debris through. In some cases, you will need to use a drain snake to extract what is blocking the toilet, by hooking it onto the end of the snake and pulling it back through the pipe.

This job can be messy so wear heavy duty cleaning gloves, and dispose of any debris hygienically before washing the drain snake and any other items used (buckets etc.).

Stubborn blockages in modern bathroom toilets will require the attention of a professional plumber, so, if you aren’t having luck with either solution, it’s always best to call a professional.

Getting Help for Complex Plumbing Issues in Modern Toilets

Blockages and flush problems in modern toilets are fairly common, and in most cases you will be able to quickly take care for the problem without the need for a professional. For serious leaks, blockages that can’t be cleared, or any other plumbing issues; always rely on a trained plumber who will be able to complete the job quickly and safely.

 

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