The toilet is a very frequently used place that is present in almost every place you stay or visit, there is no place where you wouldn’t find something as common as a toilet. As it is used a lot, it is also prone to a number of problems which we face on a daily basis. If you have landed yourself in this article, then it is proof that you have been dealing with some issues too. Else if not, then you want a solution to never face anything troublesome ever again. We always face some or other issues as far as our toilet is concerned. Sometimes, our flush stops working, our toilet gets clogged, the flush handle drops, and many issues that we face while we use a toilet. However, the bigger problem is the maintenance cost. Every time we face some issue, we, without even thinking once about how to fix it, call our plumber at once. The next step is to worry about how to get it fixed or whether it is going to get fixed or not. And to give fuel to the fire of our anxieties, the plumbers always charge us a lot of money for helping you with something that you could have done. Surprisingly, fixing some of the usual issues is quite easy, and takes very little time. If you help yourself and take charge, you will be able to find out that the issues are very petty and you can solve it at once. This is what we are going to discuss in this article. We will be talking about the common problems that you can handle yourself without making a call to your plumber. Hence, let us get started.
Where do most of the issues take place?Most of the issues that we face are always related to the toilet tank. If we look at the analogy of a toilet, it is mainly divided into two compartments. One is the bowl that is fixed to the floor of the bathroom and another is the water tank that helps us to flush our toilet clean. The bowls are a static thing and they do not have any movable piece. The toilet bowls are made of porcelain and are quite sturdy and durable. We never really face many issues with the toilet bowl. However, there are a lot of things working in the tank. This piece of the component is fixed to the wall or sometimes comes in unison with the bowl. There are a lot of mechanisms taking place in the water tank of the toilet. Moreover, the best thing is, most of the issues can be resolved if we have some basic ideas.
The Working of a Toilet TankLet us first learn about the working of a toilet tank. Before diving into the problems, let us first understand how it works. The work of the toilet tank is to hold water. On average, the amount of water that a toilet tank can hold is 1 gallon to 1.5 gallons. It is the most important part which is required to clean the toilet after use. When we flush our toilet, the basic thing that takes place in the tank is, the water rushes down from the tank and into the bowl which takes away all the waste along with it. The water then goes out of the toilet and to the sewer line. Now, if we talk about the components of a toilet tank, there are two important parts of a toilet tank. The first one is called a ballcock which uses a fill valve and the other is the flush valve. The ballcock or the fill valve is used to allow the water to be filled inside the tank after it has been flushed out. Generally, the refill valve inside the toilet tank is located to the left if the flush handle is to the right, and vice versa. You can easily spot the refill valve when you open the lid and try to see the inside of the tank. It is a prominent part located at the bottom of the tank. There are four types of refill valves that you may find. There are slight variations in all.
- Floatless refill valve: this one is a newbie and the design has come recently.
- Float cup refill valve: this refill valve is also a new design in the market, but the main difference is that it is made of plastic.
- Diaphragm ballcock: this is the traditional refill valve that was used in older times and is still used in some places. The older ones used to be made of brass, however, with the change in time, plastic has replaced almost everything, including the refill valves.
- Plunger ballcock: the oldest design in the list is the Plunger ballcock which was used way back and was made of brass.