Toilet Problems You Can Fix Yourself

How far do you have to travel to find the nearest toilet? Probably no more than 20 – 30 feet from where you’re currently sitting. That’s because pretty much wherever you might be, there’s ALWAYS one close by. And for obvious reasons.

Well, it should be equally obvious that the more your bathroom gets used, the more likely it is that problems will occur, especially with your toilet. If, for example, yours is a family of four, your household toilets get flushed an average of 20 times per day. Multiply that over six months to year, and what you come up with is a whole lot flushing going on. It’s no wonder things go wrong from time to time.

Well, for the sake of helping you conserve some plumbing repair dollars, here are two common toilet repairs most people can and often do fix on their own.

Changing or adjusting the seat and lid

Replacing or adjusting a lid or seat is a relatively simple process. First, locate the two hinges where the seat screws into the fixture. If they’re covered by a plastic cap, simply pry it open and save it for later. Next, unscrew the nuts and plastic washers. To replace the seat, remove the nuts, washers, and bolts, then follow the process in reverse to attach a new lid or seat. To repair a loose toilet seat, adjust it the spot you’d like it to be and then re-tighten the nuts.

Fixing a running toilet

Another easy toilet repair is replacing the flapper valve: the flexible rubber valve attached to the flush lever. It’s made of rubber which means, over time, it can degrade and become incapable of still forming a tight seal as it attempts to shut off the flow of water. The flapper also can close tightly over the chain, which also prevents it from sealing. Adjusting the chain can fix that problem while replacing the flapper itself is also a simple affair. First, turn off the water supply valve to your toilet. Then flush the toilet to remove the remaining water in the tank. Remove the flapper and bring it to a hardware store where you can find the closest possible match. Later, follow the instructions on the package to install the flapper. Yes, it should be just that simple.

What happens when encountering a toilet problem beyond your ability to repair it? That’s easy, too: simply contact the professional plumbers at Eagle Service Company and we’ll get the job done to your complete satisfaction. And that includes a guaranteed upfront price quote.  Eagle Service Company – for all your home plumbing needs.