Fixing common toilet problems

Whether you’re a seasoned building professional, or just a DIY enthusiast, even the top toilets can break which can be extremely frustrating. We look at some of the more common ones and give you some advice in fixing them below.

Blockages – A clogged up toilet can be very annoying. However, there are several ways to deal with it effectively. The plunger should be the first tool you call upon. Most of the time, this will be effective in unblocking the pipes / trapway. However, not always. For those occasions, you should look into getting a auger or snake to do the job for you. This is designed to navigate the twists and turns and hook onto anything in its way and clear it.

Seals leaking – When we talk about seals, we’re not just referring to the wax seal that it mounts on, but also several over areas such as where the tank attaches to the bowl in two piece toilet models. The first solution for this scenario is to tighten them. However, this won’t always get the job done. You may also require a replacement to handle the leak.

I am of the opinion that you should be hiring professional plumbers if you’ve little to no experience. Regardless of the simplicity of the guides we post on this site, Winging it can cause many problems down the road if you’re not careful.

This section will be updated as we find more solutions to your questions, so be sure to check back soon.