Common Sources of Toilet Problems
When it comes to your toilets, there is no denying that it is one of the most common source of plumbing problems in your home. But did you know that there are a couple of areas where these problems start from? The good thing with this as well is that most of the repairs are not as difficult as you may think. You simply have to make sure that the water supply to the toilet is completely cut off before starting any repair work. This helps ensure that the problem does not become bigger than what it initially was.
Float and Inlet Valve
These are found inside the tank. Normally, when the level of the water rises beyond the overflow tube, the most common cause has to do with the float or the inlet valve of the ballcock. The float is designed to rise with the water level in the tank to signal the inlet valve when it is time to cut the flow.
What happens when the mechanism fails? The water will continue to rise until it eventually spills to the overflow tube and into the bowl. You can flush the toilet to see if the inlet valve will stop the rise of water as the rod gently goes up with the float. If you hear the water flow stop, then the inlet valve is fine, the problem may have to do with the float.
How do you deal with the float? The easiest way is to tinker with the screw found at the top of the ballcock. This allows you to adjust the float level to control the amount of water that can be introduced into the tank. If the water level is too high, there is a tendency to spillover. If the level is too low, you may not achieve the amount of flushing power desired.
Check the condition of the float and the rod. Replacing it is extremely easy and does not cost much.
In order to replace the assembly you will need a pair of slip-joint pliers. By removing the nut that secures the ballcock to the tank you can proceed to remove the supply line connected to the bottom of the ballcock found at the base of the tank.
Lift out the assembly by pushing upwards from the bottom. Drop the replacement ballcock into place and thread on a new nut from the bottom of the tank. User the pliers to tighten it, but make sure that you do not overtighten to avoid cracking the tank.
Attach the supply line afterwards. Make sure that you clip the new refill tube to ensure that it stays in place. Test for leaks.
In case water is flowing into the toilet bowl and all the other components are in good condition, then the possible culprit would have to be the flapper. It may not be the flapper itself, but the area surrounding it.
How do you check if this is the problem? The simplest way to do it is to cut the water supply to the toilet tank. Give it a few minutes and observe if the water is going down. If the water level drops significantly in about 15 minutes, then you are looking at a potential flapper problem.
Commonly, the chain may be too tight. This prevents the flapper from creating a proper seal that would prevent the water in the tank from seeping into the bowl. Replacing the flapper is one of the easiest toilet repairs you can ever do. The important thing to remember is that like any other toilet plumbing repair, the water supply should be turned off completely.
Make sure to clean the flapper seat to remove any debris. Take time to check as well if there are splits or cracks. This should solve your toilet plumbing problems.
In case you are faced with more difficult toilet plumbing problems, make sure that you contact Scott English Plumbing immediately; before things get worse.