The Correct Way of Diagnosing Toilet Problems
There are many problems that can happen to toilet systems, and most of them happen to moving parts like the flapper, handle assembly, and flush valve. As these and so many other parts are arranged in a specific way that the other parts may no longer work if one part is removed or broken, there is only one thing you should do if you suspect that something wrong has happened to your toilet, even if the problem is with a non-moving part of the toilet system: diagnosis. This helps you avoid making your toilet problem worse. After diagnosis, if you find that a problem has indeed happened to the toilet, contact a plumber for assistance immediately so it can be sorted out before it gets worse.
Diagnosing toilet problems is just easy. You only have to follow the steps below.
1. If you believe that water may have seeped from there, dry the area near the toilet base using paper towels. Then place some sheets of dry paper towel on the toilet base and leave them there for two hours. If any of the paper towel sheets are wet, the wax ring should be replaced right away.
2. Wipe away any condensation from the supply hose and tank bottom if you believe that either of them has leaked. Dry the area with as many pieces of paper towel as possible before you check the fittings and the water supply hose for drips. Leaks in the area are often due to a supply hose that has become worn out. If water seems to originate from the tank bottom, the flush valve will need to be replaced.
3. Remove the lid of the toilet tank and flush. If the tank takes a significant amount of time to fill, watch the flush valve and the flapper. If the latter isn’t making a great seal with the hole at the tank bottom, getting it replaced might be necessary. If the float sticks or if water just trickles into the water tank, there may be a need to have the flush valve replaced at the soonest possible time.
4. Check out the chain length connecting the flapper with the handle and make sure that it is long so that the flapper can truly drop down to the hole at the tank bottom. Just make sure that the chain isn’t very long, since long chains can get tangled with the other parts of the toilet tank interior.
Hire a plumber who knows how to fix the toilet problem and has the right tools for the task. He should also be insured and has the license to work as a plumbing professional.