Common Toilet Problems

Common Toilet Problems

Throwback to the days of outhouses and public restrooms for the entire town. Except we’re sure no one misses those days and that you’re all very glad to have indoor plumbing and private bathrooms with your own toilets. As wonderful and convenient as they are, toilets can break down or get damaged from time to time, leaving you wondering what could be wrong with them. Here are some of the most common toilet problems and their causes.

Water on the Floor Around the Toilet

Moisture on your floor could damage your tile or subfloor, so this is a problem you’ll want to diagnose sooner rather than later.

  • Check the toilet’s connections — the tank bolts, fill valve, and supply tube coupling — to make sure they’re all tight and not leaking.
  • See if there’s water dripping from the outside of the tank. Condensation could be a sign of improper ventilation.
  • Make sure the wax ring around the base of the toilet isn’t cracked. If it is, you’ll need to replace it.
  • If the toilet tank is cracked, you’ll need to get a new tank altogether.

The Toilet Won’t Flush

This could be caused by a malfunctioning part in the tank.

  • See if the handle is too loose or tight.
  • Make sure the lift arm is straight, not bent.
  • Check if the connection between the lift arm and lift chain is properly aligned, and adjust it if it’s not.

The Toilet Won’t Flush Completely

If this is happening with your toilet, there could be a few causes.

  • There may too much slack on the chain.
  • Your tank may have too low of a water level.
  • The flapper may not be the right model for your toilet.

If your toilet is acting up, there’s only one thing for you to do — #GetWahl. The trained plumbers at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can help you keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly. If something does go wrong, we have 30 plus years of experience and are confident that we can solve even the toughest plumbing problems.

If you’re in need of plumbing services in the Pittsburgh Metro area, contact us at (412) 265-2662.