While calling a plumber is always a good option for toilet repairs, there are some fixes that you can do at home to combat common problems such as leaking, failure to flush, slow flush, noise, or running due to a stuck handle. These symptoms might be the result of a serious problem but you can try a few things before making the call to Plumbing Nerds –– your Naples connect to complete toilet repair.
Understanding How Your Toilet Works
When you lift the lid of your toilet tank, you can see the valve mechanisms that make your toilet work. You activate the flushing process by pushing the handle. Here is what happens:
- Once you push the handle, a chain that runs between the flush valve and the rubber flapper valve on the bottom of the bowl pulls up the flapper.
- Water enters the tank for the flush valve opening and forces wastewater stored in the toiler bowl through the trap to the main drain.
- After the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes, and the fill valve or ballcock fills the tank.
- Once the tank is full, the float ball shuts off the fill valve/ballcock.
What Can Go Wrong
When your toilet is having problems like not filling or emptying problems, the odds are great that one part of the assembly is not operating. For example:
- Toilet running constantly or intermittently? The fill valve that lets water in the tank is may not be closing completely. Make sure the chain is the right length to allow the flapper to close.
- Toilet not flushing? After checking the parts of the valve assembly (flush handle, flush lever/lift arm, chain, and flapper valve), make sure the connections between them are all functioning correctly. The lift arm may be bent or broken, or the connection between the chain and the lift arm may not be adjusted properly so that it does not raise the flapper. The handle may be broken or could be too tight or too loose.
- Toilet not flushing completely? The lift chain on the flapper may have too much slack in it, or the flapper may be installed improperly or it is the incorrect model for your toilet. You may even have too little water in the tank. After waiting until the tank fills up, adjust the chain and then the flapper.
- Slow-filling toilet? After checking to make sure that the water supply line is open, make sure the valve parts are clean and operating correctly.
- Handle not operating correctly? Check to make sure that the handle is not broken. If it is intact, you may have a buildup of lime debris around the mounting nut. Clean this off for a better fit.
- Leaky toilet? Aside from the internal leaks that occur and make your toilet run, you can also have external leaks that can leave you with a wet floor. Your problem may be as simple as condensation in humid weather, or the tank bolts or your connections around the valve/ballcock mounting nut, or the supply tube coupling might be loose. If these adjustments do not work, you may need to fully replace the tank if the current one is cracked or mediated to have the wax ring around the toilet in place.
Call Plumbing Nerds for Repair or Replacement
Since the toilet has few moving parts, you may be able to manage minor repair problems yourself. Even if you need to call a plumber to replace the whole unit, the job doesn’t have to be an expensive one. The advantage of calling in the professionals at Plumbing Nerds is that you can be sure that your problem is repaired safely and correctly. For information, call us today at 239-471-7557 for routine or emergency service or request to schedule an appointment online.