Modern plumbing advancements mean that most home toilets are generally very reliable, needing few repairs over the course of their lifespan. Besides the occasional clog that can be removed with the help of a plunger, most toilets that are properly installed won’t run into too many problems. However, as with any plumbing fixture, a toilet cannot last forever, and repair needs or toilet replacement are both inevitable at some point in time. Here are some of the most common bathroom plumbing issues that occur with toilets.
- Leaking: A toilet may leak from behind the tank, from the area between the tank and the bowl, over the sides of the bowl, or underneath the unit, depending on the source of the problem. Leaking around the bottom of the toilet may be due to a worn gasket, the seal around the base of the toilet. Leaking behind the toilet near the wall may be because of a shut-off valve leak, while leaking between the bowl and tank may be due to loose or damaged bolts. If leaks are due to cracks in the tank or bowl, your entire unit may need replacement.
- Clogs: Most toilet clogs are easily solved with a plunger that loosens the clog so it can move into the sewer with ease. However, sometimes a clog indicates a problem further along in the pipes, which requires professional equipment to locate and remove. This should be done at the first sign of problems to prevent backup from entering your home.
- Water Runs Excessively: If the water in your toilet tank will not seem to stop running, it may be because of a faulty float mechanism. The handle operates a flapper that lifts to allow water to move into the bowl. The flapper is supposed to close after the water rises to a certain level, but if this does not happen it may mean that the flapper is stuck open as it has become misaligned or warped. Running water may also have to do with the valve that lets water into the tank or the float that stops water from entering as it rises when the tank is full.