Bathroom plumbing is some of the most used plumbing in any household. Some features, such as the toilet, can be taken for granted. There are a number of things that can go wrong with any toilet, especially if you’re flushing things that should be thrown away in the garbage. When it comes to toilet issues, we tend to think of clogged plumbing or slow flushing, but there are also a number of issues to look out for in the toilet tank. There are several working parts in any toilet tank that make it possible for your toilet to flush and work effectively. But what are some of the problems that can come up with toilet tanks? Here are some of the most common toilet tank issues to be aware of.
The flapper, a small rubber disc that covers a hole at the bottom of your toilet tank, is responsible for holding water back from draining into your toilet bowl. The flapper allows water to move from the tank to the bowl when you need to flush, and they’re fairly strong, but can degrade over time. A crack or chip in the flapper can interrupt the airtight seal, leading to a running toilet. Running toilets can waste a lot of water, causing your bills to dramatically increase if it goes unchecked, so be sure to check this part if you notice your toilet running.
Issues with the flush chain are easiliy diagnosed with a simple visual inspection. If your toilet flushes weakly, or doesn’t flush every time you push the flush handle, it could indicate that your flush chain is too long. If your toilet won’t flush at all, your flush chain may be broken. Either way, it’s important to get these issues fixed as quickly as possible.
Flush Handle and Arm
When you lift the lid off your toilet tank, you’ll notice a simple arm mechanism in the center of the tank. This is the flush arm, connected to the flush handle on the outside of your toilet. Often, some of these parts are made of plastic and can be susceptible to breaking. If you’re having issues flushing the toilet, looking into the tank and checking the flush arm is always a good place to start.
The fill valve plays a very important part in making sure your toilet refills after each flush. They’re normally very reliable, but if your fill valve has broken, it can cause serious problems for your bathroom plumbing and the entire valve assembly will need to be replaced.
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