4 Common Toilet Problems (And How to Avoid Them)

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1. Toilet Keeps Running

If you have a running toilet that seems to never stop running, you may have toilet flapper issues. Not sure? Try out this easy test.
Put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet’s tank when you can no longer hear toilet water running. Leave it for five or ten minutes. When you come back, check the toilet bowl. Does it have colored water in it? If so, you have a flapper problem. To prevent leaks from happening, replace your toilet flapper every four or five years. Toilet flappers are inexpensive and replacing or fixing them on time will save you from experiencing more toilet problems in the long run.

2. Clogged Toilet Problems

If you attempt to flush and things haven’t gone down the way you expected, don’t try again. You may have a clog on your hands.
Repeated flushing will cause your toilet to overflow. To avoid this catastrophe, use some elbow grease and plunger!

3. An Unflushable Toilet

When it comes to toilets that won’t flush, one of the following issues may be at fault:

The Handle

A handle which is too tight or loose can create flushing difficulties. Testing out different levels of tightness should reveal what works.

The Lift Arm

A broken or damaged lift arm could also be the culprit. Lift the top of the tank to assess the damage. A new lift arm may be in order.

A Broken Connection

A damaged connection between the lift chain and lift arm is another cause. If you can’t hook the connection back on by hand, you could need a new lift arm.
If your toilet won’t flush and you’re feeling helpless, call in a professional plumbing service. It may take some advanced toilet troubleshooting to figure out the root of the cause.

4. Condensation

Are you noticing lots of beads of water on your toilet and tank? If so, you’re in luck.
This issue happens because of normal condensation (the opposite of evaporation). And it’s a very simple fix!
Most likely, the temperature of the water in your toilet and pipes is colder than the temperature of your bathroom. To get rid of or prevent toilet condensation, decrease the temperature of the room. You can also purchase a foam liner for the inside of the toilet tank.

Wrapping Up

Although toilet problems are never fun, they are a fact of life. And it’s important to know how to prevent and fix these issues to keep your home safe.
Refer to the guide above to prevent the most common problems that householders encounter. And remember, if you feel out of your depth, don’t hesitate to call the pros!
Do you have questions or need any help? Contact us anytime. We’re here to help.

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