Did you know that a leaky toilet can cost you up to $840 a year and waste up to 20,000 gallons of water? While those might not be exact estimates, right for every state and household, that’s a lot of money, water, and environmental drain.
Many homeowners don’t even realize they have toilet problems until the water bill is much higher than it should be. Then they are on Google asking, “how do I fix my toilet?”
When it comes to toilet problems, sometimes the fix is easier than you might think. Keep reading below to find out the most common plumbing problems you might have with your toilet and how to fix them.
1. Loose/Stuck/Wiggling Toilet Handle
A loose or stuck toilet handle is one of the most common plumbing problems and the easiest to fix in most cases. If the handle gets stuck in the down position, it leaves the toilet constantly running, which is bad for your toilet and your water bill.
If the toilet handle is stuck, check to ensure that the handle mounting nut inside the toilet isn’t too tight. If it feels too tight, loosen it a tad and see if that’s the problem. Next, try cleaning the handle mounting nut and the threads so they move correctly. Last, make sure that the chain and the flapper are working properly.
For a loose toilet handle, start by cleaning any debris or mess around the handle mounting nut, then tighten the nut very carefully to keep from stripping it, then check to see if this resolves the problem.
If the toilet handle just wiggles when you flush it, and there’s no resistance at all, first check that the chain in the tank doesn’t need to be reconnected, as they will come loose on occasion. This usually resolves the problem and allows the toilet to resume flushing the way it should.
2. The Toliet Bowl Is Overflowing
One of the worst things that can happen with your toilet, and one of the most common issues, is waking up in the middle of the night, heading to the bathroom, and finding the toilet bowl overflowing into the hallway. This is usually a symptom of a clogged toilet and should be easily fixable by simply plunging the toilet until the water stays down.
Take the plunger and plunge the bottom of the toilet eight or nine times without getting too forceful with your pumps. After the last pump, pull the plunger away from the bottom of the toilet. If the water drains, then you’ve done it the right way.
3. The Water In the Tank Keeps Running
If the water in the tank keeps running after the toilet fills up, you could have a problem with your flapper. First, try jiggling the handle. Then if that doesn’t work, replace the flapper for the best results.
While these problems are pretty simple to fix, if you run into something more serious, it’s best to get on Google, type in “emergency plumber near me,” and wait for the professionals to arrive to take care of the issue for you.
Toilet Problems Begone!
These are three of the most common toilet problems you might run into with your toilets. Remember, there are usually some easy fixes out there, but if it’s serious, it’s best to call in the professionals instead.
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