Coming across a clogged-up toilet is certainly not something that any of us likes to encounter during the course of a day, is it?! It’s definitely something which every homeowner needs to get repaired and up and running the sooner the better. Plus, if you’re unfortunate enough to be the owner of working loo that keeps on running water or has a leak, it’s going to definitely hike up your water bill charges, and can lead to an unsavoury mess. But, there are some cases of broken toilets that aren’t too hard to fix, and all you need are a few simple tools and supplies for you to have a go at fixing it.
Try getting to know just how a toilet operates, and see if any adjusting of the parts will make any difference and even fix the problem. You might indeed need some tools to get that loo in proper working order once again. Also, consider making good use of Prestige Plumbers in Southampton, if you want the problem expertly looked over and professionally seen to.
If the toilet handle no longer operates, the issue is probably the chain which links the handle to the flapper. To try to mend this problem, take off the cistern lid (place it somewhere safe) and look where the handle enters into the cistern. If the chain has somehow become disconnected from the handle, simply pop it back into place and job done. And if the chain is connected and still not fully flushing after pushing or pulling the handle, you can try shortening the chain instead. The chain may also be tangled or twisted, which is easy to repair.
Staying inside the cistern, check out the flapper. It should be lying flat over the hole where water runs into the toilet bowl. Try lifting it and wipe the bottom part thoroughly with a cloth to clean away any mineral build-up. Should that flapper look in a poor way, simply get a new one fitted. And, if the flapper isn’t the culprit, check out the float ball to ensure that it isn’t rubbing against the cistern wall.
Plunging or Snaking
If none of the above is the culprit and the loo still won’t flush, it’s a blockage, so let’s get out the old plunger. Line up the cup end of the plunger around the hole in the bottom part of your toilet, and then push that plunger up and down. But take care as this can be somewhat dirty work! If that makes no difference, try pushing and turning a plumbing snake down through the pipe to clear the clogging.
Cover and Seat
And finally, if your toilet has a cracked seat or cover, take out bolts at the back of the seat and replace all parts which are damaged beyond repair. If you see any cracks in the bowl or the cistern, get them replaced as soon as possible.
We all need a good working loo, make sure that yours is always in great shape!