Bathroom Tips

Toilet problems

How your toilet works.

Two assemblies are concealed under the lid of a toilet tank; a ball cock assembly, which regulates the filling of he tank, and a flush valve assembly, which controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl. When someone presses the flush handle, the trip lever raises the lift wires (or chain) connected to the tank stopper. As the stopper goes up, water rushes through the valve seat into the bowl via the flush passages. The water in the bowl yields to gravity and is siphoned out the trap.
Once the tank empties, the stopper drops into the flush valve seat. The float ball trips the ball cock assembly to let a new supply of water into the tank through the tank fill tube. As the tank water level rises, the float ball rises until it gets high enough to shut off the flow of water. If the water fails to shut off, the overflow tube carries water down into the bowl to prevent an overflow.

Troubleshooting Toilet Problems

Noisy Toilet

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Running Toilet

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Clogged Toilet

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Blockage in drain.

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Inadequate flush

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Leaking Toilet

To stop a leak between the tank and bowl of a bowl-mounted toilet tank, tighten the bolts in the tank, or remove them and replace their gaskets.

Sweating tank

This problem occurs most often in the summer when cold water in the tank cools the porcelain, and warm, moist air encourages mildew, loosens floor tiles, and rots sub-flooring. An easy solution is to insulate the inside of the tank by draining it and then gluing a liner made of foam rubber pads to the inside walls. A more costly remedy, and one that's usually a job for a professional, is to install a tempering valve that mixes hot water with the cold water entering the tank.


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