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Troubleshooting Toilet Problems
When your toilet stops functioning properly it can quickly become more than a huge inconvenience. The first thing to do in such a situation is to diagnose the problem. For example, in some cases, it could be a flaw with the flush which causes it to not flush properly or not flush at all or maybe even start flushing on its own. Another common problem you may face is a clogged toilet. Whatever the reason, once you diagnose the problem you may find that it is easy to troubleshoot with a few simple tools. If it seems more complicated, it’s better to get the help of a professional plumber.
Listed below are a few questions about toilet problem troubleshooting, answered by the Experts.
I used an auger to unclog my toilet as it wasn’t flushing. Now the toilet bowl has no water flowing into it and nothing happens when I flush either—the water level in the bowl remains constant and there is an absence of a flushing noise. Also, the water is only trickling into the tank. How do I fix this problem?
If your tank is full but nothing happens when you flush, it probably means that the flapper is not connected to the chain any longer. Since you say that the water is trickling in, you might either need a new fill valve or there could be a blockage in the water supply line. Since you also have clogging problems, it might be better to rebuild the entire tank or install a new toilet.
When I flush my toilet, it fills up with excess water followed by a gurgling sound in the shower and the sink. Thereafter, the toilet starts draining slowly till there is almost no water left. I used a hose to flush the vent and the water then filled both the tub and the toilet. What should I do to solve this problem?
It seems like the large drain piping (3” or 4”) that goes downstream from the toilet and the tub is plugged. This will need to be rodded out with large equipment. It may include removing the toilet as well if there is no other way to access the piping. It’s advisable to hire a plumber to help you out with this.
Every time I flush my toilet, the water swirls around but doesn't "flush" away for quite some time. How can I fix this?
It’s possible that you have a partial blockage and it can be cleaned using a toilet auger that is available at Lowes or Home Depot. This should fix the problem.
I notice hairline cracks developing on my toilet tank at the bottom right corner. Will the tank break? I am also thinking of replacing it with a taller one that comes with a power flusher since I have a septic tank. What do you think?
The cracks might develop
after a while. It may not break at one go. You can get a product called ‘plumbers goop’ at a home/hardware store. All you have to do is drain the tank and follow the instructions given on the product. This should keep your toilet going for a few years more.
In the case of a pressure assisted toilet, you shouldn’t have a problem using one with a septic tank. It usually shoots the water and the waste farther down the line which is better.
If you find that your toilet is beginning to back up and you are unable to clear the blockage with the usual snake methods or by using a plunger, it could indicate that you have a serious problem with the plumbing. In some cases, it may even be that this problem is affecting other toilets or drains which are also backing up. This is when you may need the services of a professional plumber to sort out the problem. Also, if you find that the toilet is rocking or has sprung a leak around the seal and you can’t fix it yourself, it’s advisable to get a plumber to help or ask an Expert.
Recent Toilet Questions
I flushed the toliet and as it was filling it made a strange
I flushed the toliet and as it was filling it made a strange vibrating noise. Loud. Kind of scared me. So I flushed it again and the same noise happened. So I lifted up the top of the back of the toilet and saw it was filling and the vibration noise was coming from the water supply line. I turned the shut off knob to increase the pressure and it stopped. Not sure why that worked. Should I be concerned or just let it be. Just bought the house three weeks ago.
I am renovating an old steel building into a living space.
I am renovating an old steel building into a living space. It has 2 bathrooms at the front of the building (used to be a church). Each is set up with a vanity sink and is plumbed for 2 toilets (originally stalls). I am wanting to install a wood framed floor over the existing slab in one of them to accommodate the necessary space and slope for a bathtub/shower drain and trap into one of the existing toilet drains. Is this possible and what challenges might I plan on encountering?
I have a Kohler toilet (one-piece, elong. bowl, comfort height,
I have a Kohler toilet (one-piece, elong. bowl, comfort height, 1.6 gal. flush, approx. 5 yrs. old). It suddenly will not flush completely. With a full tank it will flush partially but if I dump a bucket of water into the bowl it will flush completely. The tank then fills up again as normal with only a small amount of water in the bowl.
I doubt that this is related, but last week the pipe coming into the house from my well (submersible pump) froze up and I had to use a "Thaw machine" to get the water flowing. This worked fine but now the pressure tank gauge shows less psi and the toilet starting acting up. Seems too coincidental!
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