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3 Common Problems That Can Go Wrong With Your Toilet

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 3:17pm

There are many appliances in your home that are useful and important. Some make a magic potion that helps to get you through your day when you’re tired, and others wash your clothes while you’re at work so you aren’t rumpled and smelly.

While these appliances are very helpful and important, few are as important or as helpful as your toilet. Every person in your home uses the toilet several times per day and when your toilet isn’t working – the entire household feels it.

Luckily, when there is a problem with the toilet, it is usually something simple to fix. But, you have to know the signs and what to look for.

Here are just a few problems that are common failures with the toilet:

  • When your toilet won’t flush all the way or, you have to hold the handle down in order to make it flush, this is usually a sign that the flap inside of the tank is not opening all the way. This means that just a little bit of water is being allowed to escape but, not enough to make a strong suction and get the toilet flushed.
  • When your toilet keeps “running” and the tank never quite fills with water all the way, this is usually a sign that the chain inside of the tank is too short and the flap is not able to lay flat and get a good seal. Or, the chain is too long and has gotten in the way of the flap closing. When the flap can’t close all the way, the tank is losing water at the same time it is filling up, and so it never is full.
  • When your toilet will not flush at all this usually means that the flap inside of the tank is not being lifted up. A good sign of this is usually when the handle on your toilet is very loose and jiggly. This usually means that the chain has come undone from the flapper and isn’t lifting it.

If you notice any of these issues with your toilet, simply lift the lid off of the tank and take a look inside. There are three main components in there – none of which are something to be afraid of – and all three of them must work together to make the toilet flush. The plastic or metal arm connects to the lift chain and the lift chain then connects to the flapper. Use these tips to troubleshoot your problem, and then fix it!

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