What To Do During Your Toilet Nightmare

Homeowners expect there to be some type of problem with the appliances and fixtures in their home, but one of the most frustrating problems homeowners experience is a problem with their toilet. Whether it is continuously running, occasionally overflowing or the handle doesn’t seem to work correctly, regardless of how big or how small the problem is, toilet problems are a nightmare. Diagnosing a problem with the toilet is usually not the main issue for people, but finding an effective issue to the problem often is. Here are some of the most common toilet problems, some solutions to the problem and advice on when to call a plumber.

Water Level in the Bowl

If the water level in the toilet has significantly decreased over time, it could be a couple of different things. One of the most common problems is that there is a small clog in the colon of the toilet that is causing the water to slowly be siphoned out. if you want to check for the clog yourself, empty the water out of the toilet bowl and using a flashlight and a mirror, look up inside the colon. If you do not see anything, it may be a more serious problem, such as a crack that sometimes forms in the piping of the bowl or the interior color. If this case, you should contact a plumber as soon as possible to replace the toilet.

Weak, Partial, Double or Phantom Flusher

There are a wide range of problems that can occur relating to the flush, including:

  • Weak flusher- a common problem in older toilets (typically those made between 1994 and 1997), however, if the toilet was made before 1994, the problem may be due to hard water deposits around the jet hole. It is best to contact a plumber to help determine what the exact cause in order to ensure it is correctly repaired.
  • Strong, but partial flush-if the flapper isn’t staying up until about 80 percent of the water in the tank is drained, you may need to install a new flapper.
  • Double flusher-if the toilet flushes more than once, the water level is probably set too high. To fix the problem without calling a plumber, simply lower the water level of the tank.
  • Phantom flusher-the flapper may also be the cause of phantom flushing. If the tank fills with water, even when it wasn’t flushed, it typically means the tank is leaking water. To check for a leak, after the water stops running into the tank, add a few drops of food coloring to the tank and wait about 10 minutes. If the bowl water is colored, the flapper isn’t sealing all the way.

If the toilet overflows or is leaking, it is important that you turn of the water supply line (usually on the wall behind the toilet) to prevent the risk of further water damage, which may lead to mold, wood rot and expensive repairs. When the toilet overflows, try to plunge the clog out, but if that doesn’t work, contact a plumber as soon as possible. If you aren’t comfortable attempting repairs on the toilet or other plumbing fixtures in your home, it is best to contact an experienced plumber, instead of risking the possibility of causing even more damages.


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