Toilet problems are often the most dreaded of plumbing problems for homeowners. Below we cover the 7 most common toilet problems and offer some solutions.
- Bowl Water Level Drops
If you notice that the water level in your toilet bowl decreases significantly over time it could be a couple things. One problem could be that a small clog near the colon of the water could be causing a slow siphon of water. To see if your toilet has a small clog that is causing the loss of water level, empty all the water out of the toilet bowl and then use a flashlight and a mirror to look up inside the colon of the toilet.A worse but less common problem is when a crack forms in the interior colon or piping of the bowl. If this occurs you need a new toilet.
- Whistling Tank Fill
Is your toilet vibrating and/or making a whistling noise? This is usually due to having a ball cock valve with a ball float on the end of a rod which is old technology. The water fill valve slowly closes as the ball floats higher. This causes vibrations and odd noises. If this is the case you have a pretty old toilet, as toilet tank fill valves that stay wide open until the tank is filled have been around for well over 20 years. You should replace the ball float with a tank fill valve. They are not expensive so spring for the best one and not the low quality economy model.
- Weak Flusher
If your toilet was made between 1994-1997 you could have been made with a weak flusher. Weak flushers are found in a lot of first generation 1.6 gallon toilets built during that time frame.If your toilet was made prior to 1994 the problem may lie in hard water deposits building up around the jet hole or the angled bowl rim swirl holes. To clean them use a muriatic acid wash. Only use this method if you do not have a septic system. The only way to lean your toilet if you have a septic system is to take it apart and use the solution outside. If you do not have a septic system the first thing to do is to turn on the bathroom fan and open a window prior to applying the solution. To create the wash mix one part acid to 10 parts water. Then carefully pour one half of this solution down the overflow tube using a funnel. Stand back as this will create fumes you should not inhale. The solution will not harm the toilet but be careful not to splash the solution on you or your clothes.It will take approximately 30 minutes for the acid to do its work. Pour any left over solution down the overflow tube. Then wait an additional 30 minutes before flushing the toilet.
- Strong but Partial Flush
You may need a new flapper if it is not staying up until about 80% of the water has drained. If it seems to be dropping too fast install a new one.
- Phantom Flusher
Phantom filling could also be an issue with your flapper. If you notice your toilet tank fills with water even if it was not flushed it means the tank is leaking water. To test this add food coloring to the tank after all water has stopped running into the tank. Wait about 10 minutes and then check the bowl water to see if it is colored. If it is, the flapper is not sealing all the way.
- Double Flusher
If your toilet flushes more than once it is likely that the water level is set too high. You should only need to lower the level of the tank.
- Slow Tank Fill
If your tank fills slowly it is due to a partially closed shut off valve beneath the tank. Simply open up the shut off valve to quicken the tank fill.
If you require the assistance of a Plumber for any of the toilet problems listed above give us a call at 864-663-6105.