Toilet repair: All you ever needed (or Wanted) to know

Fixing your toilet is one of those jobs that just need to be done. Toilets malfunction all the time, but using the simple guide below, you can make sure you don’t have any real “toilet emergencies.”

  1. Toilet cistern/tanks and bowls. Cistern/tanks and bowls are made of vitreous china and are impervious to ordinary household acids. If something more than hot water and soap is needed to clean them, apply a non- abrasive powder or cleaner recommended by your plumber. Many good bowl cleaners are on the market today. Most plumbers however, have found that the "blue water" bowl cleaners tend to accelerate the deterioration of the rubber and neoprene parts in the tank. This is due to the chemicals they contain.
  2. Toilet seat bumpers. Seat bumpers(the pads underneath the seats) should be replaced if worn. Defective bumpers may  cause breakage of the seat or hinges. 
  3. Stains or moisture at the base of the toilet bowl.  Stains or moisture at the base of the toilet bowl indicates that the joint or seal between the bowl and its outlet have failed and should be reset immediately to prevent rotting of the floor. Slow leaks into the floor can cause $1000?s of dollars of damage including damaging the plaster of the ceiling in the unit below. In rare cases, possible leakage of sewer gas into the home could also happen (you will notice the smell) which can indicate a leaking outlet. In any case, this is one of the more serious problems and usually results in calling a plumber to fix!
  4. If water is continuing to run. If water continues to seep into the bowl or there is a low humming noise, this indicates leakage from the tank. Leakage can occur from either the supply valve or the im?proper seating of the rubber tank ball or (flapper) on the discharge opening. A small amount of food coloring added to the tank water will help you determine whether there is  a leak. If the ball is worn out and fails to drop tightly into the hollowed seat it should be replaced with a new one. To replace the ball, shut off the water supply   and empty the tank. Then unscrew the ball from the lower lift wire and attach a new ball. If the collar or seat of the discharge opening is corroded or grit-covered, it should be Sanded. Straighten or replace bent lift wires so that the ball drops squarely into the hollowed seat. Sometimes the tank will not fill sufficiently or will fill to overflowing. These difficulties by bending the rod attached to the tank float upward or downward. If water rises to the top of the overflow pipe an adjustment or new fill-valve assembly is necessary.

Just remember, If you have any doubts, don’t have the correct tools  or confidence to fix your toilet yourself then it is best to call in a professional. 

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