Most of the basic toilet repairs are simple to deal with when handled by a trained professional. Some of the most common toilet repairs are straightforward to diagnose as well. We will provide you with an overview of five of the more common toilet problems.
Problem № 1 – The toilet is clogged
While it sounds like a straightforward problem, it can lead to a number of serious issues in the home. You can get a plunger to help, but sometimes it is difficult for people to try to dislodge the clog themselves. Most people believe it to be unsanitary too. If you are uncomfortable with a quick fix such as a plunger or a wire coat hanger, it is best to call in professional help.
Problem №2 – Flapper not sealing in the toilet tank
You can add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank to determine if the flapper is leaking. The flapper is leaking if the water in the bowl turns into the color of the food coloring you used. You can try petroleum jelly around the seal if the flapper is in fact leaking. You can replace the flapper easy, but some prefer to have a plumber replace theirs for an inexpensive fee.
Problem №3 – The supply line is leaking
The solution to this issue is to replace the rubber washers on the fittings. If the leakage continues, you want to go to the supply valve and turn off the water supply to the toilet – it is time to install new supply lines. You can go to your local home improvement store and buy a new supply line. However, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional if you are unsure on how to make these replacements yourself.
Problem №4 – A bad wax ring
If you notice water leaks around the base of the toilet, it may be a telltale sign of a bad wax ring. These can be inexpensively purchased at your local hardware store or home improvement store. You will also need new bolts to fasten the toilet. It is easy to fix this problem and it is one of the more common toilet repairs.
Problem #5 – Cracked toilet base
Your toilet base may crack if the bolts are too tight or if you have an unfortunate accident. This means that the water will be leaking from your toilet at a constant rate. There is no ‘quick fix’ for this – you will need to repair the entire toilet. You should leave this to a plumbing professional.
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