The toilet is one of those essential, can't-live-without appliances.
A broken toilet, especially if it is the only one in your home, is extremely
jarring to your lifestyle, habits, and nighttime bladder. Protect yourself and your
plumbing against these common toilet issues with these workaround solutions!
Low Bowl Water
After you flush, the tank water spills into the bowl and deposits a consistent
amount of water after each flush. If your water level slowly drops or
the water level is cut in half, you have a problem. When this happens
there are two possible culprits.
1) The bowl could be cracked. This could happen near the bowl's piping,
the interior colon, or a little further down. You can often trace pools
of water behind the toilet or the room below your bathroom.
2) Toilet paper clogs the bowl’s colon. The toilet paper acts as
a bridge between the bowl and the drain, slowly depositing the water into
the drain. This is called capillary action, and occurs because the adhesive
forces between the water and toilet paper are stronger than those in the
If you are dealing with a difficult clog, callThe Eco Plumbers for
drain cleaning in Columbus, OH.
My Toilet Flushes Twice
When this happens there is too much water in the tank and by the time the
toilet "thinks" the flush has ended, more water is coming. You
can adjust how much water is stored in your tank by raising or lowering
your tank level.
The Tank Fills Slowly
The shut off valve in the tank might be damaged or closed partway. Occasionally,
this is done intentionally during installation to control water flow.
Weird Noises During The Flush
One way to determine whether the ventilation pipe for the toilet is clogged
is listening to the sounds made by the flush. If it sounds loud and constricted,
like it is creating suction, the vent pipe might be blocked. Depending
on the piping in your house, you may hear the same suction noises coming
from the bathroom sink. Sometimes the clog is near the surface and easy
to remove the blockage.
The Flush is Weak
This is a common, frustrating problem. There are a few reasons that your
toilet has begun flushing with less gusto.
1) Many toilets manufactured from 1994 until late 1997 were defective models
that were installed everywhere in the country. You can find the date of
your model pressed on the inside of your tank. Toilets made during these
years were the first generation of the 1.6 gallon toilets, and they will
break over time. These models are nearly impossible to fix, so you will
need a new toilet.
2) Toilets older than 1994 are more susceptible to the minerals and metals
in hard water. Hard water will cause problems in the jets, bowl rim, and
even the tank. The buildup will be visible across the holes. The minerals
can be scrubbed away or removed chemically with muriatic acid. Simply
mix the acid with water in a 1:10 ratio, then slowly pour the liquid into
the overflow tube. Be careful to take all the necessary precautions when
working with hydrochloric acid, it is a strong acid.
3) Newer toilets may have weak valves or something wrong with the equipment
inside the tank. Replacement parts can be purchased at a hardware store.
Most are typically very cheap.
If you need any assistance with your plumbing concerns, don’t hesitate to
call The Eco Plumbers. We are the professionals you can count on!