atta: Toilet Repair
Most plumbing repairs require professional assistance. Although there are many simple repairs that can be done yourself, saving you both time and money. We are proud to help you solve some of those simple tasks you may encounter at home.
Parts of a Toilet
Flush valve-Connection that consists of the flush valve seat.
Ballcock- The water supply valve.
Float ball-The ball that sits inside the tank on the surface of the water.
Flush valve seat- Plastic sealant ring located at the bottom of the tank.
Main drain-The slanting pipe that carries wastes to a sewer or septic tank.
Main water valve-Knob you use to turn the water supply on and off.
Lift arm-Thin metal rod inside the tank that connects to the flush handle.
Trap-Where the waste water goes after it leaves the toilet.
Tank-Large container located behind toilet.
Overflow pipe- Long hollow tube attached to the bottom of the toilet tank.
Why won't the toilet flush?
There are a couple of reasons as to why this may occur. Either the handle is too loose or too tight. Or the connection between the lift arm and the lift chain may be out of adjustment. Another reason is that the toilets lift arm may just be broken. Also, if you do get the toilet to flush but it's just not flushing completely, you need to remove some of the excess slack in the lift chain of the toilet.
What do I do when the toilet is clogged or overflows?
First of all you will need a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain opening and move the handle up and down. While doing this you want to try to create enough suction to loosen the clog. Once you believe that the clog has been unclogged, slowly pour water into the toilet bowl to flush the excess debris.
If the plunger fails to unclog your toilet, you will need to use a closet auger (snake). Insert the snake down the drain until you reach the clog. Try to push the snake through the clog. After you snag the clog twist the snake as you pull the clog from the toilet. If more than one toilet is backed up the line is most likely blocked father downstream where the wastes lines connect. For this scenario much longer augers will need to be used. Also removing the toilet may be needed in order to further penetrate the plumbing lines to find the blockage.
Why won't the toilet stop running?
Here are some ways to get your toilet to stop running:
· Jimmy the toilet handle. If the running ceases, you need to adjust the handle or the lift chain.
· Check if the float ball has a leak. If more than ½ of the ball is underwater, it most likely has a leak. If there is a leak, replace the float ball.
· Check if the float ball is touching one of the sides of tank. If so, bend the arm so that the float ball sits away from either edge of the tank.
· In some cases the flapper valve gets worn and distorted and does not seal the tank. To fix this just empty the tank and replace the flapper valve.
· If the flapper valve is cracked the whole unit will need to be replaced. Kits are available for this purpose. The kits usually require that the tank be removed from the toilet bowl. Follow the directions of the replacement kit, and your toilet will soon stop running.