According to HomeAdvisor, it costs $208 on average to repair a broken toilet. In Raleigh, North Carolina, plumbers charge an average of $273! But if you understand the basics of how a toilet works, you can fix several of the most common toilet problems with a little DIY toilet repair. This guide explains why your toilet is breaking and how you can fix a broken toilet without calling a plumber.
My Toilet Will Not Flush
When your toilet is overflowing, you need help quickly. If your toilet isn’t flushing all the way, there’s an issue with the flush valve. The flush valve is at the bottom of your toilet tank. It’s lifted by a chain to let the water drain, or flush, from the toilet. Pop the lid off your toilet tank and inspect the chain. Is it still securely attached to the flush valve, or has it come loose? Secure the chain to the flush valve so the valve lifts high enough to drain your toilet when you flush. Fix this problem as soon as you notice it, before you have to deal with your toilet overflowing.
My Toilet Is Clogged
A clogged toilet means the drain pipe is obstructed by something. Don’t keep flushing a clogged toilet or you may find that your toilet is flooding! In most instances, you can use a plunger to unclog the toilet. The plunger creates a seal over the drain, and the suction as you pull up on the plunger should loosen and remove whatever is clogging the toilet.
My Toilet Will Not Stop Running
If your toilet is constantly making noise and won’t stop running, the flush valve isn’t closed. Lift up your toilet tank lid and check on the flush valve. It may be a problem with the valve itself, in which case you’ll want to replace the flush valve. The issue could also be with the chain that connects to the flush valve. If it’s tangled, kinked, or doesn’t have enough slack, it could prevent the valve from closing properly.
There’s Water Under the Toilet Tank
If there’s water underneath your toilet, you want to figure out where it’s coming from. It’s unlikely that it’s because the toilet is flooding or overflowing – loose screws and washers are the more likely culprits. Just grab a wrench and open up the toilet tank lid. Tighten up the screws and make sure you’ve got washers in place to strengthen the seals. The fill valve has a washer that might need to be replaced. You’ll also want to tighten the coupling nut that connects the water supply line to the toilet, and the lock nut connecting the supply line and the fill valve. Put a towel under the toilet to catch any drips before you start tightening.
The Toilet Tank Fills Slowly
If your toilet tank takes forever to fill up after you flush it, your shutoff valve might be partially closed. The shutoff valve connects the toilet to the wall. Make sure it is unscrewed all the way by turning the valve counterclockwise (righty tighty, lefty loosey!) Try to flush the toilet again, and see if it fills more quickly this time.
Help! My Toilet Is Still Broken!
If you’ve tried every internet remedy you can find (or are just reluctant to go the DIY route), call Newcomb and Company. We’ll diagnose and repair your toilet in one visit, so you can stop watching those YouTube repair videos and get back to your life!