Troubleshooting Toilet Problems Correctly

One of the most overlooked mechanical marvels in the home is the toilet. Although it is used many times within an hour, it is not maintained on a regular basis, mainly because only skilled and well-equipped plumbers are the most qualified to handle its many parts. If you hear water trickling down the toilet or see water pool at the base, among other strange things, the only thing you can do is to troubleshoot it. Here’s how:

Diagnosing Leaky Toilets
1. Begin at the water source. Check out the supply line which leads to your toilet by feeling for moisture. If this part of the toilet plumbing is wet, it is most likely the source of the present leak. Old supply pipes crack where these are bent and crimped.

2. Check the part of the tank where its supply line makes its way in to ensure that it is not wet. It is possible for the leak to come from a cracked or loosened bolt underneath the tank.

3. Feel the entire tank bottom for wetness and cracks.

4. Call a plumber for assistance. He will lift and reseal the toilet bowl if there is water leaking from the bottom.

Diagnosing Noisy Toilets
1. Take a look at the water as it is flushed down the bowl. If it suddenly stops or if the water does not go down fast, it is likely that there is an obstruction in the tank.

2. Check out the ball float, which you can find in the toilet tank. Remove the lid of the tank, and keep an eye on the ball while the water goes down the toilet bowl. Also, check for any weak areas or cracks in the mechanism. A plumber should replace them when necessary.

3. You can oil the ball float mechanism or the flush lever if there are parts that do not move properly.

Diagnosing Poor Flushing or Clogged Toilets
1. Plunge things that have been clogging the toilet. If you are unsuccessful in the attempt to loosen the clog, get a drain auger. If you are still unsuccessful in the second attempt, contact a plumber and he will sort this problem out for you.

2. Ensure that the float and ball are working properly. Remove the tank lid and lift up the ball. Doing so opens the plug at the tank bottom, allowing water to enter the tank.

3. Check for leaks located between toilet bowl and tank. Take note of any water running down the toilet base or its back side, and then contact a plumbing professional to get it fixed.

Diagnosing Running Toilets
1. Remove the tank’s cover and take a look at the float in the tank. Be sure that the float arm goes up as high as possible so that the bottom seal closes properly.

2. Check if the float ball if it has water in it. Water causes it to sink.

3. Find cracks or corrosion on the shut-off valve.