How To: Toilet Repair

toilet-repairsA home simply cannot do without toilets and it is one of the most used part of the house fixtures in every home. Most of the time, most people only feel the real importance of the toilet the moment something goes wrong with it and it stops working as it should. Generally, toilets are easy DIY repair projects and anyone can easily fix them successfully. All you need to so if you have toilet repair issues is follow the tips below and your problem will be solved.

Determine the problem

The first thing you have to do is determine is what the problem is. It could be overflowing, slow moving or even clogged. When your toilet is slow moving, it means that you are forced to flush many times and the water drains quite slowly. A slow moving toilet is normally a result or a clogged sewage drain pipe and if the problem goes unfixed, you run the risk of a complete clog or even overflowing. You will definitely not like the mess that comes with an overflowing toilet, that’s for sure.

A running toilet is where the water still continues to flow in the toilet bowl after flashing. A running toilet could use a large amount of water and will certainly raise your water bill. For this reason, it is important that you fix it as soon as possible.

How to fix the problems

No matter, whatever the problem is, you can fix it. If you have a clogged or a slow running toilettoilet, the first thing you need to do is cut off the water supply to the toilet. You can do this by turning the shut off knob. This is normally placed on the left of the toilet just a few inches off the floor. To determine the problem, pout a bucket of water in the bowl quickly and if it drains slowly then you are dealing with a clog. You could use a plunger to de-clog and if you are successful, you can turn the water back on. If the plunger does not work then you can use a plumber’s snake, which normally de-clogs almost anything.

Once that is done, you should try and clean the mineral deposits that usually develop in the small holes under the toilet rim. A stiff brittle brush will do the trick or you can use a coat hunger to poke at them. You can use a small mirror to look at them and see your progress.

If the toilet is releasing water in the bowl non-stop, then you have a running toilet. The first thing you need to do is remove the toilet rank lid and check the ball cock. This is the valve that the float is attached to. If the water is coming out of the valve, then it needs to be replaced. If that is not the problem, try to press down ay the flap located at the bottom of the tank and if the water stops running than that needs to be replaced.