Is your toilet running or getting clogged all the time? There may be a simple solution to these issues that you can implement yourself with a little plumbing know-how. Here are some ideas for DIY toilet maintenance for plumbing issues that are not serious.
Plumbing Fixes for Common Issues
A toilet that's continuously running or getting clogged is definitely an annoyance, but that is not all — it can drive up your water bill over time. Here are a few DIY plumbing fixes you can try for a running or clogged toilet before calling a professional.
If your toilet is running, the first thing you probably tried was jiggling the handle. Doing so is often a quick fix, but if there is an underlying problem with your toilet's float valve, it will only be a temporary fix.
If the issue persists, you may need to replace your float valve, which is the valve in the tank that regulates the volume of water and stops the flow when it reaches a certain level. You can get a new float valve at most hardware stores and set it up yourself.
In a situation where you cannot get to a hardware store right away, it's a good idea to use the shutoff valve to stop the water from running in your toilet. This valve is usually located along the side of the toilet — just make sure you turn it back on if you need to flush the toilet.
A few DIY plumbing fixes have the potential to help with a clogged toilet. If a blockage is keeping your toilet from flushing, you will know right away — the bowl will fill with water at a higher level than usual, and the water will be slow to drain. You will probably need to wait a few minutes for the excess water to go down before taking the next step.
You probably guessed the next step: Try using a plunger to loosen or break up the blockage. Begin plunging gently so that the air does not force the water out too quickly — you do not want to get splashed. Once you create a seal with the first plunge, you can use more force. Plunging can fix the majority of clogged toilets.
If plunging does not fix the issue, use a toilet snake — a long, thin wire made from flexible metal — to break up the clog. Snakes are available at most hardware stores, and they are a good investment to make if you're interested in DIY plumbing fixes.
These methods should be helpful fixes for the occasional clogged toilet. If you are constantly having problems, there may be an underlying issue. Contact a plumber if routine toilet maintenance does not seem to be helping.
Need Help With Additional Toilet Maintenance?
Maybe you have tried these DIY plumbing fixes for your toilet, but you are still having issues. If that's the case, it may be time to contact a licensed plumber. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida, we are always happy to help with toilet maintenance. Request a job estimate from Mr. Rooter Plumbing online today.