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3 Do-It-Yourself Tips for Fixing Toilet Problems

fix toilet problemsFixing toilet problems is a job considered by most homeowners as a common plumbing repair that they can do by themselves immediately after the problems have occurred. Seeking the services of a plumber for these easy emergency plumbing repairs can be costly and time consuming, especially if it’s a major problem that can cause disruption and headaches to you and your family. Doing the repair yourself on the other hand can save you money, and alleviate any potential delays due to the late arrival of a plumber, whom you contacted to repair your toilet problems. Having a basic knowledge of how your toilet works is one of the important tools you need to fix it in no time. Other tools you may need include a screwdriver, pliers, a wrench and a toilet plunger.

Consider these simple, trouble-free and cost-effective do-it-yourself tactics to fix your toilet that clog, sweats and leaks.

  • Clogged toilet. A clogged toilet is commonly fixed using a toilet auger or plunger. You may need to seek the help of a drain-clearing professional if a clog is deep inside your drainpipes. Toilet clogs have two types: a clog, which prevents the water and waste from draining, and a clog that causes the sewage to back up into a bathtub when you flush the toilet. Check whether your toilet is clogged by removing the lid from your toilet tank and raising the flapper valve to allow the water to pass through. Wear rubber glove when plunging your toilet with a toilet plunger. If it fails, try using a closet auger to clear the clog.
  • Toilet tank that sweats. Toilet tanks sweat because of the varying temperature between the air and the toilet tank water. Insulating the toilet that sweats with a foam toilet tank liner is the most effective to repair toilet sweating. Turn off the supply valve and flush the toilet to empty the tank water. Fit and attach the liners onto the inner surfaces of the toilet tank. You can also replace your toilet tank with an insulated one, or install an anti-sweat toilet tank valve on the water line supplying the toilet with the help of a plumber.
  • Leaky toilet. When fixing a leaky toilet, always ensure to turn off the water supply that delivers water to your toilet. Once it’s done, flush the toilet until all the water is drained completely. You need to remove the bolts and gaskets using a screwdriver as well as the old spud washer using a wrench. Place a new gasket onto the bolts. Reattached the tank on the toilet bowl and ensure that the bolts are not tightened too much to avoid cracking the tank.

You don’t need to wait for a plumber to fix your toilet problems. You don’t even need to spend your money for repair, which can be expensive if you’re a budget-minded person. All you need to spend is a little effort and time, with the help of these DIY tips, to put an end to these problems.