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6 Most Common Toilet Repairs

We have assisted the Mississippi Gulf, Biloxi, and Nashville areas for many years. And throughout this time, we have repaired many toilets.

We have aggregated the most common toilet issues into this guide, in addition to ways to fix them. You will also learn the best time to determine when to hire a specialist.

Common Toilet Problems You Should Resolve Now

The following sections will cover each toilet problem in depth and briefly cover solutions to fixing them.

1: Toilet Leaks

If your toilet leaks, you may notice backed-up sewage that overflows whenever your toilet flushes.

Toilet leaks happen when the tank isn't sealing the bowl properly. This could be because the rubber gasket between them is old and needs a replacement.

Other causes of toilet leaks are the tank bolts not being tightened properly or the flapper not seating correctly.

If you have a leaky toilet, it is crucial to identify the source of the leak and then take the appropriate steps to fix it.

You can also try tightening the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl. If that does not work, you may need to replace the entire unit.

Or you may need to contact a plumber.

They have specialized tools like drain inspection cameras to check your drains for hard-to-find issues.

You may also have an issue with your beveled washer. It is the toilet's part that sits on the floor and connects the drain pipe to the floor. The base is made of porcelain or another robust and waterproof material.

If there is an issue with it, or your toilet flange, you may notice backed-up sewage that overflows whenever your toilet flushes.

The caulk surrounding the bottom of your toilet may have cracks.

2: It Will Not Flush Correctly

There are several reasons why a toilet may not flush correctly. The water level in the tank may be too low, the chain connecting the flapper to the handle may be too short, and the flapper may not be closed tightly. Or something may block the flapper from closing.

One way to check if the toilet flapper is the issue is to see if the toilet handle is too short. If the handle is too short, the toilet flapper will not be able to close tightly.

Another way to check if it or the flapper chain is the issue is to see if there is water in the overflow tube. If the flapper is not sealing correctly, water will leak into the overflow tube and cause the toilet to run.

If your toilet flapper is not functioning correctly, you may need to replace it. You can find a toilet flapper replacement at a hardware store.

To repair your toilet's flapper, you will need to remove the old flapper and put a new one in its place. This is easy to repair.

3: Your Toilet Fills Slowly

If your toilet fills slowly, it could be a sign that there is a problem with your water pressure. Many things can cause issues with your toilet refill tube and lead to a slow-running toilet.

For instance, you could have issues with these parts:

  • List chain
  • Water supply valve
  • Ballcock valve
  • Broken lift chain

If you notice that your toilet is filling slowly, it may indicate a problem.

If the problem is with your water pump, it may be necessary to call a plumber to come and take a look. If the issue is with your pipes, it may be possible to clear the blockage yourself.

First, try running hot water through the pipes. If that doesn't work, you may need a toilet plunger. Put the plunger over the drain and push and pull the handle up and down. Be sure to do

4: Won’t Stop Flushing

If your toilet is constantly flushing, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the issue. First, check to see if anything is blocking the toilet's flush valve (or shut-off valve).

If you notice problems with the flush valve, such as a slow or incomplete flush, something may be blocking the valve. To check, lift the tank lid and see if anything is blocking the valve, such as a foreign object or a build-up of sediment.

If not, there may be an issue with the fill valve. First, to check the fill valve, shut off the water to the toilet. Then, flush the toilet to empty the tank. Next, unscrew the cap from the fill valve and look inside. If you

5: Makes Noises When Not in Use

Some reasons your toilet may make noises when it is not in use include: 

The water in the bowl may be sloshing around, causing the porcelain to make noise. This is usually due to a high water level in the bowl.

The fill valve may be defective or have a slow leak. If the fill valve is defective, it will need to be replaced. If the fill valve has a slow leak, it must be repaired.

The flush valve may be defective or have a slow leak. In either case, the valve will need a replacement.

The flush valve and fill valve may both be located in the same area, or they may be in different areas. If they are in different areas, the flush valve will need to be replaced first, and then the fill valve. If they are in the same area, the fill valve will also need to be replaced. The fill valve controls the water level in the tank, so if it's not working correctly, the tank will overflow.

6: Damaged Fill Valve

A damaged toilet fill valve can cause several problems. If the valve is not sealing correctly, water can leak from the tank into the bowl. This can lead to many issues, including water waste, increased water bills, and the potential for water damage to the home.

One way to conserve water is to install low-flow toilets and shower heads. This can save hundreds of gallons of water per year per household. Additionally, fixing leaks in plumbing fixtures can also save water.

FAQ: Common Toilet Issues

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding issues with toilets.

When Should I Replace My Toilet Flush Valve?

You should replace your toilet flush valve when it shows wear and tear.

Over time, the flush valve will begin to corrode and break. If you notice that your toilet is not flushing as well as it used to, or if the water level in the toilet bowl seems lower than usual, it is probably time to clean the toilet.

What Causes a Toilet To Lose Suction?

A toilet loses suction when the flush valve becomes worn out. The flush valve is located at the bottom of the toilet tank and is responsible for releasing water into the bowl when you flush the toilet handle. Over time, the valve can become corroded or damaged, which leads to suction issues.

Call a Toilet Repair Specialist Today

Broussard's plumbing specialists can help homes in the Biloxi, MS, the Mississippi Gulf, and Nashville, TN, areas with toilet issues.

Moreover, we offer installation and repair assistance with:

  • HVAC systems
  • Air conditioners
  • Emergency plumbing services
  • Sump repairs
  • House water supply line
  • Bathroom vent
  • Drain cleaning
  • And more

For help in Tennessee, call (615) 988-6030. And to reach someone in Mississippi, call (228) 271-3205. Book an appointment with one of our plumbers today.

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