If you are buying your first home, you likely do not know a lot about the bathroom. It is important that you know how to take care of it, however. One thing that you can have problems with is the bathroom toilet. Below are three of these problems so you will know what to do if anything like this happens.
Toilet Constantly Running
One type of problem is the toilet constantly running. If the toilet is doing this, then the fill valve is likely broken.
Before you replace the valve, open the tank and look at the chain to see if it has any kinks in it. If there are kinks, the chain would not be long enough to seal the flapper closed after the toilet is flushed. Straighten out the chain to see if it fixes this problem. If not, then you need to have the fill valve checked.
Toilet Will Not Flush
If the toilet will not flush, the first thing to look for is a clog. For example, there could be too much toilet paper in the toilet that will not go through the pipes. You can use a plunger to try to clear out the clog.
If you do not see a clog, the toilet tank may not be filling full of water in the right way. This could be due to the float shutoff valve set too low. The valve may be bad or broken and needs to be replaced. You can purchase a new valve at a hardware store and replace it on your own, if you know how.
Toilet Flushing by Itself
If you notice the toilet tank is filling with water like it does after the toilet is flushed, then you have a leak somewhere in the toilet. To check this, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and look in the toilet bowl to see if there is any color. If you see color, then the flapper is likely not sealing right and will need to be replaced.
You can purchase flapper repair kits at home improvement stores. The kit will come with complete instructions on how to replace the flapper.
If you have problems with the toilet and cannot fix it yourself, you need to contact a plumber like VINES PLUMBING & WATER RESTORATION to come to your home. While the plumber is there, they can give you other tips on how to take proper care of your bathroom.
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