Your toilet may be one of the most durable plumbing fixtures at home but that doesn’t mean that it will stay functional and beautiful over years of use. Just like any other fixture or appliance you have at home, the john is also prone to cracks, clogs, leaks and part malfunction. Fortunately, fixing a problem is no biggie! You just have to figure out what’s wrong with it (like what caused the clog or why the flush isn’t working) and apply hassle-free, DIY fixes! So for starters, let me share with you this online resource I found that tackles the proper way to troubleshoot toilets!
Before you do, though, consider tackling your home toilet repair job yourself. After all, the residential toilet consists of just two main parts: the water tank and the bowl. Any mechanical problems you’ll meet will be in the tank, because that’s where the plumbing is. The bowl has no moving parts and succumbs only to stoppage or seal failure at the closet flange, where it’s bolted to the floor.
Begin by removing the tank lid and setting it in a safe place (it’s probably made of vitreous china and may crack if dropped). If sluggishness or clogging isn’t a problem, flush the commode and watch what happens. Ideally, the stopper or flap ball will lift, releasing flush water to the bowl; simultaneously, as the water level in the tank drops, the float will drop, opening the ballcock valve to let fresh household water flow into the now-empty tank through a filler tube. At the same time, a refilltube refills the bowl’s reservoir through an overflow pipe.
I hope that you read the article from start to finish because it really points out several important aspects that will help you troubleshoot your toilet correctly. It is also worth noting that in order for you to check the parts and mechanisms of your ceramic throne, you also have to be knowledgeable about how it works. I mean, you can’t accurately figure out what’s wrong with any plumbing fixture or appliance without even knowing how it operates in the first place or what a specific part’s function is. Don’t worry though because I’ll be posting useful information about that topic on my next blog! Now moving on, let me share with you a list of the most common toilet problems you’ll encounter and how you can solve them. Here’s a useful article for your reference!
You may periodically hear your toilet begin to spontaneously refill, as though someone had flushed it. A toilet that cuts on and off by itself, or runs intermittently, has a problem that plumbers call a phantom flush. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seat. The solution is to drain the tank and bowl, check and clean the flapper seat, and replace the flapper if it’s worn or damaged.
Wishing that you enjoyed reading my guide to DIY toilet repair in Arnold CA! Don’t forget to visit my blog often for more bathroom plumbing tips and tricks such as manuals on the parts of a toilet tank, toilet replacement DIY guide as well as step-by-step instructions on how to fix a leaking toilet. If you’re not adequately skilled in the trade and need professional help, just call Plumbers 911 California at 800-731-1139 or visit their website at www.California.Plumbers911.com!
Want to know how a toilet works? Watch this video!