For questions specifically regarding sanitation fixtures designed for removal of human waste, generally referred to as toilets but also including urinals and bidets. Topics include designs, installation, repair, plumbing supply and drainage, and sanitary concerns including cleaning.

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How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?

I have a leaky tank problem with my upstairs toilet. can I turn the water supply to the toilet? If so, how do I turn off the toilet water supply?
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All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line

I have 4 toilets, and all of them appear to flush slowly. They are older toilets (huge tanks), so there is definitely plenty of water going in (the bowl itself almost fills with water). It swirls ...
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How can I fix a very slow drain?

I have a bathroom with a bathtub, toilet, and sink that are all very, very slow to drain. When water drains out of the toilet, it backs up into the tub, and vice-versa. Here's what the setup looks ...
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What could cause a tubs drain to gurgle when the toilet is flushed?

One day after I used a bacterial enzyme degreaser/ septic treatment to clear slow draining bathtub drains I can hear gurgling in my master bath tub drain when someone flushes the toilet in the other ...
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Can I salvage this broken toilet flange that's embedded in concrete?

The flange is about 7" OD. As you can see both slots where the closet bolts would go are broken. Can I salvage this flange somehow, instead of having to rip it out of the concrete and installing a new ...
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Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?

We have two toilets that don't flush well. You have to hold the handle down for the entire flush, and even so they don't flush enough water. Inside the tanks are plastic baffles that seem designed ...
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How do I remove a broken toilet auger from my toilet?

My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down. So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy ...
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is ...
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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Toilets not refilling after replacing main water line outside

We had to replace a section of the main water line where a tree root had caused a leak. After turning the water back on we had air and a little bit of dirt in the lines. After a little sputtering the ...
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Toilet tank - orange stuff

My toilet tank has orange a lot of orange stuff in the bottom. I tried flushing it over & over, but the orange stuff doesn't come out. What should I do?
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Toilet overflowing without flushing

My toilet starting overflowing, but no one had used it for at least 30 minutes. The water overflowing was clear, so I don't think it's a sewer back up issue (this is not on a septic tank). What ...
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How to Install a Techno Flange

I recently had some plumbing work done on my house but still need to install a toilet after I finish tiling the floor. We were left with the following flange and a toilet drain pipe sticking about 3 ...
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Replace toilet flange in a sanitary tee

I had a toilet that stank, pulled it to figure out what was going on. Looks like the flange had been broken in the past and repaired, subfloor all around the flange was rotten. Tried getting the old ...
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A bass tone is coming out of the toilet

There is an eerie bass sound coming from our flush toilet. It sounds like this. Usually it starts when we sit on the toilet or push it, but sometimes it starts even when we are away. Each time it ...
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Toilet Water Shoots upwards When Flushed like a volcano erupting

This issue is with an American Standard single piece toilet. I just changed the 'fill valve' and since then the toilet water erupts shoot upwards, making a mess. The amount of water shooting upwards ...
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How do I replace the toilet shutoff valve?

Since the shutoff valve is leaking (the packing inside is worn), I'd like to replace it. Is the valve soldered onto the supply pipe, or is it a threaded connection?
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Why does my toilet feed service valve still leak?

The metal pipe that comes out of the wall and feeds water into the cistern on my toilet is connected to the plastic cistern pipe (inlet valve pipe?) by a service valve. It is pretty much identical to ...
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How to remove old multi turn water inlet valve

I was replacing some of the parts in my toilet and noticed the grommet on the toilet end of the supply hose is worn and started to leak when I reconnected it. My preference would be to just replace ...
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Why does my toilet make a low-pitched moaning noise when it refills?

This hasn't happened before, but now it's making a low-pitched moaning noise (like a low-pitched vuvuzela) every time we flush the toilet. This happened only very recently, and we also just recently ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

I have a 3 year old (deep sigh) who decided to flush a subscription card from a magazine down the toilet. She did this a couple weeks ago, but I think we are just now seeing the affects of this ...
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Why does my toilet still leak after replacing the wax ring?

I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?
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What could be causing intermittent flush issues?

I have looked at several similar questions, but I'm unable to determine the cause of this problem. Basically, when the toilet is flushing fine, after the flush, the level of water in the bowl is very, ...
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How to fix dripping sound coming from toilets?

Two toilets doing the same thing: When solids or liquids are added to the bowls, a dripping sound can be heard. Otherwise, they are silent. There is no water leaking out of either toilet onto the ...
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Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet

I live in a house with a septic system. When the winter/spring rains come, the toilet on the ground level master bedroom does not flush. We have another toilet on the ground floor that does flush. ...
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Where does the washer go when replacing this toilet seat?

I am replacing the seat on a RAK Flora toilet . The replacement parts have a bolt, to go down thru the porcelain, then a plastic wing nut, metal washer and another plastic bit which just slides along ...
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How can I intentionally make my toilet make this noise?

For Halloween I want to haunt my toilets and have them make the noise heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0zewtkqso How can I do that? I think I would just need to cut a slit in a rubber ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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Why isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?

We just replaced the whole system in our toilet. It use to have a flushing ball valve and it worked great until it broke. It flushed everything down the first time no problem. Now with the new ...
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How can I repair a float valve that is blocked open?

The toilet float valve I use is of the brand Geberit. It keeps leeking water because it does not close anymore. I guess the metal pin at the front needs to move when the green elements move up. Does ...
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How do I use flange spacers correctly?

I am putting in my old toilet after I tiled my bathroom. I have yo use a flange spacer. What should I do with the bolts in the old flange? Can't I just leave them in and use again? Or will they be ...
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Could a saturated drain field cause a toilet to back up?

My drain field is over saturated from excessive rain, but before I figured that out, I replaced the wax ring on one toilet due to leakage from the bottom. I also had to replace the flange and build ...
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Why do I have blue water coming out of the faucets?

We have an upstairs bathroom that we've gutted and are having some contractors remodel. The toilet is the only thing that hasn't been touched. We had a plumber come and redo all of the source and ...
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How to give ventilation/exhaust to an inner toilet without exterior walls?

In our proposed home, there is a common toilet (powder room without bath) but it has no exterior wall. However, it shares a wall with another toilet. Can you please suggest a way to give ventilation/...
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My toilet is filling very slowly with a Fluidmaster valve, how do I fix it?

My toilet is filling very slowly. Sometimes it sounds like it is filling up a drip at a time. What's wrong with it and how do I fix it?
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How is this toilet flange attached?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and recently removed some dryrot plywood around the toilet. I was originally expecting the toilet flange to be attached to the subfloor but it looks like ...
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How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?

Flushing the toilet causes a small amount of water to leak out from under the base of the toilet on one side. Stops after 2-3 seconds. Also noticed there is a higher pitch dripping of water which ...
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What is causing toilet supply water leaks above the coupling nut?

In my toilet, when the shut off water valve is open: Water leaks above the coupling nut: If I close the supply water valve and the tank is full, there is no leakage. What could be causing the ...
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Toilet, sink and shower blocked

I live in a block of flats in China. I had a lot of friends over a couple of days ago and since the toilet, sink and shower are all blocked. The water on all those items does go down, but really, ...
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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the bowl....
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Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?

A little while ago I started having trouble with my toilet when flushing. It's flushing too much water, leaving little left in the bowl. It also makes loud noises at the end of the flush. There's ...
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Are all toilet bolts installed from under the floor?

My mom has an older toilet. When is became loose, in order to tighten the bolts she had to hire someone to go under the house. We just got a new toilet. I was hoping to install it as a d.i.y project....
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Toilet flushing and hot water pressure problems

I have a dual flush toilet that flushes very well some of the time. However, about 50% of the time, when the toilet is flushed and then the hot water faucet is turned on, the hot water pressure dies ...
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Can I break up the floor of a raised floor basement bathroom without damaging the plumbing?

I have an interesting remodel project. I have an existing basement bathroom - which has a raised concrete floor. The toilet sits on the slab. I am remodeling this to create a bigger bathroom for ...
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Could I simply seal over this toilet leak?

The leak is on the top-most (whitest) nut, where it meets the base of the tank as shown in the below photo (with an additional photo for context). Would I be able to just throw a ring of silicone ...
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US Toilets and clogging

So I am from the UK and will be moving to the US soon. Now, everytime I am in the US I seem to be, embarrassingly, clogging up the toilet. I honestly have no idea how. I tried different techniques ...
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How can I clear my toilet trap of the chlorine smell every time I flush?

Need some advice on the best and safest way to clear my toilet from chlorine gas smell. I think it must be stuck in the trap.
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basement plumbing

I have a cottage that until recently was on piers. The plumbing lines are at the base of the cottage as there never was a basement. The cottage was built in 1905. They are in the home stretch of ...
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Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?

I have a pretty new dual-flush toilet whose fill valve suddenly started leaking for no reason. A picture of the toilet is below: Basically, the toilet flushes normally once the button is pressed. ...
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Why is my toilet backing up and bubbling after replacing an ejector pump?

About two weeks ago my sewage ejector pump died and had a massive overflow in the basement. I replaced the pump but I am now noticing that the toilet backs up. I am also noticing that when I take a ...