Simple Toilet Repairs near Wimbledon, Tooting and Wandsworth
Some plumbing repairs require professional help, but there are many simple repairs that you can make yourself, saving both the time and expense of calling a plumber. Below you’ll find a list of some common easy-to-solve toilet problems and their solutions.
How a Toilet Works
To better understand how your toilet works, take the lid off of your tank and flush the toilet a few times. Here is what you will see:
- When you push the handle, the chain lifts the flapper valve (also called the stopper or tank ball).
- Water in the tank flows through the flush valve opening into the toilet bowl.
- The water from the tank forces waste water in the toilet bowl through the trap and into the main drain.
- Once the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes and the fill valve/ballcock refills the tank.
- When the tank is full, the float ball shuts off the fill valve/ballcock.
Common Toilet Problems
If you have water on the floor around your toilet, fix the problem right away so moisture does not damage your subfloor. Start by checking all connections – the tank bolts, the fill valve/ballcock mounting nut and supply tube coupling nut. Is everything tight? If so, you may need to replace the washers. If water is dripping from the tank during humid weather, it may be condensation. You can fix this problem by installing a toilet liner kit, a foam panel placed inside the tank. To install a liner, cut off the water, drain and clean the inside of the tank. Cut the panels to fit your toilet and attach them to the tank.
Is the toilet tank cracked? If so, you need to buy a new tank. In fact, unless your toilet is fairly new and direct replacement bowls are readily available, consider upgrading to a 1.6 or 1.28 gallon per flush toilet. This will eliminate the potential problems associated with trying to find a tank that matches the old bowl. For more information on what is involved with this project, see How to Replace a Toilet. Water around the base of a toilet could be caused by a wax ring that no longer seals or by a cracked toilet base. If the toilet leaks constantly, the toilet base is cracked and must be replaced. If leaking occurs during or after a flush, replace the wax ring.