Toilet problems

Toilet problems

Common toilet problems including a running toilet, inoperable toilet, clogged toilet, and other common problems.

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How to fix toilet

How to fix toilet

Fixing a toilet is a common plumbing repair. Here you can learn skill how to fix a toilet keeps running or a toilet that won t flush.

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Parts of a toilet

Parts of a toilet

Replacing a toilet maybe expensive. You can buy parts of a toilet and fix leaking toilet problems by yourself.

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Useful information about leaking toilet

There are many reasons why a toilet might leak, and being able to spot the difference can help you to locate the real leaking toilet problem. The following is the most common leaking toilet problems in daily maintenance. Not enough? Click here more information about leaky toilet problems

Pressing the flush button or handle has no effect

This is because the linkage between the flush handle (trip lever) and the flush valve has become disconnected somewhere inside the tank. To fix it lift the tank lid and inspect the trip lever and all the connections made to it going down to the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Because of usage, water and mineral deposits can seize the flush handle and not let the tank ball seat properly. By squirting a few drops of a lubricating oil on the mechanism just inside the tank and wriggling it, it should loosen the deposits and free up the handle. If it’s rusted too badly then you will have to replace that part. The nut inside the tank is a left handed thread so keep this in mind before you start. It might save some frustration. To loosen turn the nut clockwise.

The toilet starts refilling all by itself

This may be caused by a leaking flush valve, allowing water to pass through the tank into the bowl. If this is the case, you will hear the toilet start filling all on it’s own from time to time.This is because as the water leaks in to the bowl, the tank level drops and the toilet thinks it has been flushed, so it re-fills.

leaking toilet bolts

Toilet anchor bolts hold  toilet to the floor and keep it connected to the flange, which is the opening to the waste line. Moisture around the base of the toilet can corrode the anchor bolts. The corroded bolts is an useful indicator to predict the toilet with leaking problems. Leaking toilet bolts may be the result of water escaping from the toilet because of an imperfect seal or, in basements near sea level, it may come from condensation or poor drainage.

Leak toilet pipe

Pipes connecting with toilet and water supply are constantly under water. When the pipe become rusty, it will cause leaky condition.

Leaking toilet bowl

This is caused by the cooler toilet water interacting with warm air in the environment, causing condensation to occur, Surprisingly, a problem like this can cause a lot of water to form in your bathroom. If this problem isn’t dealt with immediately, it can cause a lot of problems in the future.

Leaky or Runny Toilet repair is not as difficult as your thought if you know how to diagnose the leaking toilet problems.  We usually need dissolve color tablets to find where the leak is and some tools to fix the loo. Luckily, most of them can be bought easily in the local retail shop.  Here are some of the common fix leaking toilet shortcut.

How to fix a leaking toilet base
How to stop a leaking toilet tank
How to fix a leaking toilet bowl
How fix leaking toilet flapper
How to fix a leaking toilet fill valve
How to fix a leaking toilet pipe

Click here to gain more detail and diagram of parts of a toilet

Refill Tube

Replaces water in bowl after flush. If toilet runs intermittently, check that tube’s end is above water level in tank.

Ball Cock

On/off valve regulated by float ball fills tank and bowl after flush. If toilet runs intermittently, ball cock could be faulty and may need to be replaced.

Float Cup

When it comes time to retire an old ball-cock flush mechanism, the all-in-one plastic replacements stocked by home centers make for an easy fix. Float-cup mechanisms go in quickly and adjust easily for simple repairs.

Float Ball

Monitors the water level in the tank, and controls the fill valve.


Connects the handle to the flapper. When you push the handle down, the flapper is raised which allows water to leave the toilet tank.

Overflow Tube

During normal function, water from the fill valve flows through the overflow tube in order to refill the toilet bowl. If the toilet is not functioning properly and excess water is filling the tank, the excess will drain through the overflow tube into the bowl


Lifts to let tank water flow into bowl. If toilet runs intermittently, scrub mineral deposits off it (or flush-valve seat under it) to tighten seal. If that doesn’t help, replace it.


Seals connection between tank and bowl.

Wax Ring

Seals connection between bottom of toilet and drain. If water leaks out base of bowl, replace ring.

Closet Bolt

Holds bowl to flange. If toilet rocks, tighten nuts attached to these bolts. To avoid cracking bowl, secure no more than a quarter-turn past finger-tight.

Closet Flange

Anchors toilet to floor and connects to drain pipe.