Some may argue that the toilet is the most popular seat in the house. With home-owning comes responsibility, and that means tending to the seemingly endless problems that come with having such a beloved seat. Plumbing problems will only get worse and more expensive with time if you choose to ignore them. While some toilet issues may seem minor, more times than not they will escalate into something major that could ruin the plumbing in your entire house.
The mysteries of a running toilet can drive you nuts. Whether you hear water running constantly or cycling on and off, we’ll help you decipher the clues so you can stop wasting water. Hardware stores and home centres carry the parts for almost all toilet repairs. One cause of a toilet running is a flapper that doesn’t seal. If water from the tank seeps around the flapper and into the bowl, the flapper is probably shot.
Flush the toilet and look for a fill valve leak. Lift up on the toilet float arm when the tank is filling to see if the water stops. Bend or adjust the toilet float arm so the tank stops filling when the water level is one to two centimetres below the top of the overflow pipe. If the fill valve still leaks, replace it.
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If your toilet isn’t solidly fastened to the floor, there may be trouble in your future. Any movement of the toilet damages the wax seal. That leads to leaks and ultimately major repairs. To steady a rocking toilet, cut plastic shims to fit and slip them underneath (you may have to remove caulk before adding shims). Then caulk around the toilet and snug down the nuts on the bolts. But don’t crank them down super-tight; that can crack the toilet.