6 Tips on How to Fix Common Toilet Problems

A lot of the plumbing in your bathroom is in your toilet tank.  If you happen to experience toilet problems, the tank is where most issues will occur. The tank’s role is to hold the water that is used to flush the toilet. It also contains the apparatus and the variety of parts that fills and empties water from the tank. So when you encounter problems with your toilet, the tank should be the first thing you check.

Here are some of the common toilet problems and tips to help fix them.


Weak flushing

Weak flushing usually happens with bad water pressure or with older toilets. If your tank was manufactured long ago, usually before the year 2000, then age could be the problem. Hard water collects in toilets, especially over a long period time. It is not easy to clean even if you use hard brushes or tools. The solution? Muriatic acid. Using muriatic acid wash can really do the job and all you have to do is to mix one part acid to 10 parts water. Use a funnel to pour at least one half of the solution in the toilet tank. You can expect a fizzing sound, but be careful of the fumes. Make sure that you don’t splash the solution on you, on your clothes, especially your eyes. Leave the acid for 30 minutes then pour out the remainder of the solution. Flush the toilet after 30 minutes.

Toilet running constantly

When the toilet runs constantly, it can be a nuisance. Aside from being annoying, it can also make your water bill go up. First, identify the root cause of the problem and make sure to check the handle lever inside the tank. Check that the chain is connected properly, check the water level in the tank and the fill valve.  Make sure that there is a good seal between the plunger and the hole at the bottom of the tank.

Flush handle is loose

There are times when your flush handle seems to be disconnected from the rest of the tank. When this happens, the fix should be easy. If it is disconnected, just reconnect the lift chain or lift wire from the handle mechanism in the tank. You can also make an adjustment to the handle mounting nut inside the tank. Tighten it by rotating it clockwise.

Phantom flushing

This problem happens when the tank is leaking water and it will look as if the toilet tank has just been flushed. To confirm that you have a leaking toilet problem, you can use a coloring dye and add it to the tank after the water has stopped running. Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes and see if the water in the bowl is colored. If it is, it means that the plunger is not completely sealed and is in need of a replacement.

Sluggish flush

When the toilet doesn’t flush as quickly as it should, it could be a partial or complete clog in the drain pipe.  A snake may be able to unclog the drain.  If that doesn’t work, it may be time to call a plumber.

Water on the floor

If you see water at the base of your toilet, it can be an indication of a problem. Try to avoid using the toilet until the problem is identified and fixed. If the wax ring is the issue, the toilet will need to be removed from the floor to address and replace the ring. However, if the issue is more serious, you may need to hire a professional and licensed plumber to fix the problem.

These are some helpful tips that may come in handy when you encounter toilet issues. But if you need the help of an expert plumbing company, Johnson Plumbing is a company that you can count on.

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