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Common Toilet Problems and Easy DIY Repairs

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

A leaking toilet may indicate a problem in the water supply line

As a Capistrano Beach, CA, homeowner, you don’t want to call a plumber for every little repair job. In your frugal mind, a leaking toilet or clogged pipe is simply not worth the service fee. If you are experiencing one of the following three common toilet problems, consider fixing it yourself. Not only will you save a little money, but may also earn some bragging rights.

For the Toilet that Doesn’t Stop Running

A running toilet comes with the recognizable sound of running water. If your toilet is endlessly refilling, you may have a leaky flapper. Start by doing the following:

  • Turn off the toilet’s water supply
  • Remove the old flapper
  • Replace the flapper with one of the same size

If this toilet repair doesn’t seem to work, consider replacing the flush valve seat as well with parts found at your local plumbing supplier.

For the Leaky Toilet

No one wants to walk into the bathroom to discover sitting water around the base of their toilet. A leaking toilet may indicate a problem in the water supply line. Find the area where the shutoff supply valve connects behind your toilet or under your sink. Wrap the packing nut on the water supply line with cloth and tighten it with a pair of pliers.
If the leak persists, turn off the water main in your home and disassemble the toilet’s shutoff valve. When inside, bend and loosen the neoprene rings a bit before cleaning and reassembling them.

For the Wiggly Toilet

An old toilet may accrue gaps and shift overtime. Start by tightening the bolts at the toilet base with a crescent wrench or pliers. If wiggling persists, shims can be used to fill gaps that are making the toilet uneven to the floor. Once the toilet is stabilized, apply a fresh line of caulk around the base to hold it in place.

If water damage from your toilet has occurred in your home, look for a water cleanup team near you. Never let a simple toilet fix throw a wrench in your day. These DIY tips will help you repair a leaking toilet in no time.

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