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How to Catch Your Running Toilet (and Other Toilet Troubleshooting)

Your toilet is one of the most used appliances in your home. Although that’s no surprise (for obvious reasons), many homeowners don’t know what to do when their toilets begin to leak or malfunction in any way. While you can always call the experienced and knowledgeable plumbers at Priority Plumbing & Drains to provide award-winning plumbing repairs and maintenance, we believe it is important for you to know as much as you can about your toilet and how to fix some of its common ailments. 

In this article, we will explore the wonderful world of toilet problems, their causes, and how to fix some of those pesky bathroom inconveniences. 

Toilet Troubles 

Read the following infographic to learn more about the causes of common toilet issues.

Common Toilet Issues and Their Causes infographic

Toilet Troubleshooting

Now that you know the run-of-the-mill toilet troubles and their causes, it’s time to get down to the water tank and drain to solve these plumbing obstacles. 

  • Running Toilet

It is essential to identify the source of the leak, which is either the flapper, flush valve, or overflow tube. If the flapper is not seated correctly over the flush valve, water will continually run. If the water level is too high, causing water to flow over the overflow tube and into the tank, you will have a similar problem. Luckily, flappers and refill valves are easily adjusted and replaced if necessary.

  • Clogs

There are two easy solutions for toilet clogs: plunger and snake. Backed up toilets are always a nuisance, but most clogs are remedied in a matter of minutes. Make sure to purchase a good plunger with a tight seal. If you can, use the plunger when the tank is only half full (if possible) to avoid splashing. If the plunger doesn’t cut it, then use a plumbing snake—or drain auger—from your local hardware store or online. Augers are deft at breaking up stubborn materials.

  • Loose Handle

Too many people give up and deal with loose toilet handles, sometimes for years before having it repaired. However, it is quite straightforward to fix loose handles, so you won’t have to be inconvenienced for long. Here’s the three-step process: 

  1. Remove the tank cover.
  2. Reconnect wire or chain that connects the flapper and lift arm.
  3. Put the tank cover back on the toilet and dry your hands.

If that doesn’t do the trick, you might need to adjust the mounting nut for the handle. Not 

too bad, right?

  • Base Leak

If you notice a puddle of water forming at the toilet base, there is a serious issue that must be addressed before using the toilet again. Usually, the problem is that the wax ring that seals the bottom of the toilet to the floor drain needs replacing. You will have to remove the toilet and apply the new ring correctly before reconnecting the toilet. 

Note: this may seem overwhelming, but it is relatively simple. We can help you along the way if you need our assistance. 
Now that you have read through our tips and tricks, it’s time to get to work! If you are still stuck and require professional assistance, we at Priority Plumbing & Drains will be happy to help! Our skilled technicians can handle any toilet malfunction with promptness and efficiency. Call us today for toilet repairs or any other plumbing service you may need!