Just thought we would drop some common toilet problems and repairs. Making plumbing repairs is a good deal easier today than it was generations ago. Back then, a leaky faucet was repaired by disassembling the valve and repacking it with messy string. Today, you simply remove the old cartridge and pop in a new one. In older times, if your toilet was running you replaced a rubber gasket or washer. Today, You’re more likely to simply remove and replace the entire flush mechanism, which is actually a great deal easier to do than fixing one discreet piece of mechanism. Many common toilet problems can be fixed by making minor adjustments to the handle and the attached lift chain (or lift wires). So if you’re having an issue with your toilet here are some common problems and their repairs:

Handle is loose. Toilet will not flush at all.
1. Adjust handle.
2. Reattach lift chain or lift wires.
1. Make sure water is turned on.
2. Adjust lift chain or lift wires.
3. Replace waterlooged flapper
Toilet does not flush completely. Toilet overflows or flushes sluggishly.
1. Adjust lift chain.
2. Adjust water level in tank.
3. Increase pressure on pressure-assisted toilet.
1. Clear clogged toilet.
2. Clear clogged main waste-vent stack.
Toilet runs continuously. Water on floor around toilet.
1. Adjust lift wires or lift chain.
2. Replace leaky float ball.
3. Adjust water level in tank.
4. Adjust and clean flush valve.
5. Replace flush valve.
6. Repair or replace ballcock.
7. Service pressure-assist valve.
1. Tighten tank bolts and water connections.
2. Insulate tank to prevent condensation.
3. Replace wax ring.
4. Replace cracked tank or bowl.
Toilet noisy when filling. Weak flush.
1. Open shut-off valve completely.
2. Replace ballcock and float valve.
3. Refill tube is disconnected.
1. Clean clogged rim openings.
2. Replace old low-flow toilet.
Toilet rocks.
1. Replace wax ring and bolts.
2. Replace toilet flange.
Toilet handle sticks or is hard to push. Handle must be held down for entire flush.
1. Adjust lift wires.
2. Clean and adjust handle
1. Adjust handle.
2. Shorten lift chain or wires.
3. Replace waterlooged flapper
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