Fixing a Broken Toilet

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The other day my toilet broke. I’m no plumber but I’m also not one to back down from a challenge.  I decided to put my handyman skills to the test and attempt to fix it myself.

A broken toilet can be a major source of nuisance for homeowners and professional repairs can often cost much more than many people expect. Even a toilet that works and runs continuously or suffer leaks can waste water, increase the water bill, and lead to unpleasant disturbances or noise. Fortunately, many common problems plaguing a broken toilet are easy to solve, and require only basic tools and supplies. The first step in the toilet repair to become familiar with how a toilet works and overlook the device to see if the adaptation of a number of components in the tank will solve the problem. In some cases, you will need tools such as a plunger or hose.

Not mine thankfully...

Not mine thankfully…

For a handful of broken toilets, the problem can usually solved by the re connecting of the chain connecting the handle with the flap. To resolve this issue, raise the toilet tank lid and inspect the area where the handle is in the tank. If the chain has become loose from the end of the handle then tighten it in order to solve the problem. If the chain is always connected, but still not flushing when you press the handle, try to shorten the chain instead. Sometimes the chain is twisted or simply entangled, and can be easily repaired by hand.

If it’s not flushing and is clogged, start with the aid of a plunger to clear the clogged pipe. Align the end of the piston cup on the hole in the bottom of the bowl and vigorously move the handle up and down like a piston. If this does not work, place a plumbing snake into the pipe and down on the toilet to clear the blockage. Look for padded toilet snakes instead of sewer lines with sharp edges.

When a broken toilet seems to run continuously or fill, the problem often lies in the valve assembly. Look in the toilet tank and make sure the flap is just above the hole in the toilet bowl. If not, the base component cleaned to remove mineral buildup and other debris. If the edges of the flap are cracked or broken, replace it with a new device to prevent leaks. For toilets that continue to leak, check the float at the top of the tank and make sure it is not touching the sides of the tank.

If the problem is with a broken toilet lid or cracked seat, remove the bolts at the base of the seat and replace damaged parts. Install the bolts to keep new lid or seat in place. Cracks in the bowl or tank itself, all the toilets should be replaced.

If you’re feeling brave then try some of the above solutions, if not then just call a nearby plumber.