Simple Solutions for Basic Toilet Problems
By Mark J. Donovan
||The Clogged Toilet
Toilets are a fairly simple and innocuous bathroom appliance, except for the occasional time when you flush and the water actually rises in the bowl, versus descends. In such an instant find the shut off valve to the toilet and turn it off quickly. The valve should be located just under the toilet tank. Then grab your plunger and relieve the clog that has obviously occurred.
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Failed Toilet Wax Ring
Occasionally the toilet wax ring underneath the toilet can fail, causing water to pool around the toilet, or even cause a drain leak that potentially shows up on a lower level ceiling. If this occurs, the toilet needs to be removed and a new toilet wax ring installed. See my “Changing a Toilet Wax Ring Ebook” to learn how to make this repair.
|Continuously Running Toilet
This situation occurs when the float arm does not raise high enough to turn off the inlet valve inside the toilet. Sometimes this happens due to the float ball filling with water, or the inlet valve stopper no longer shutting off properly.
When this situation occurs, check the float ball and the inlet valve assembly. Both can easily be replaced and parts can be found at any home improvement store.
The Noisy Sounding Toilet
When the toilet tank is filling with water and you hear a high pitch noise, it is probably due to a blockage in the supply line. Shut the toilet supply valve off and disconnect the supply line hose.
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