A leaking toilet or weak flush can be not only annoying but extremely costly as your household may end up consuming an unnecessarily large amount of water. Here are 5 of the most common problems you can have with your toilet at home and possible solutions.
Flush is sluggish
If you dump a big bucket of water into your toilet as fast as possible as and the water disappears quickly, then a clog is not the issue. On the other hand, if the water backs up into the bowl and takes a while to drain it is likely your toilet is clogged. The clog could caused by hard water deposits. You may be able to resolve these flush issues by using muriatic acid. If you choose to use such a product you need to take care to ensure that a sufficient ventilation in your bathroom when you are doing so. Allowing the acid to remain for at least half an hour and then using the flush will help the product to work even better.
Flush only works partially
If the flush works but your toilet bowl keeps filling up with remaining debris flush after flush, there could be a clog issue. You may be able to use a plunger to unclog your toilet.
Low water level
If you notice that the water level in your toilet bowl has dropped, this could also indicate that there is a clog in your toilet system. Again you could try using a plunger. However, the issue could also be due to a crack in the toilet and in that case you will most likely need to replace the bowl to resolve the problem.
Toilet tank is leaking
If water from the tank is constantly dripping or running down into the bowl, the cause of your problem could be the tank fill valve. This kind of toilet repair is best to have carried out by a professional plumber.
If the tank fills with water as if the toilet has been flushed but you know it hasn’t, this generally means that the tank is leaking water. You can check this issue by putting a few drops of food colouring dye into the toilet tank. Then wait around 10-15 minutes without flushing the toilet. Then if you see coloured water in the bowl you know you have a toilet leak. If your tank is leaking and the issue is caused by a faulty tank fill valve, again you are better off seeking professional assistance.
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