Questions tagged [toilet]

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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Mold growth around toilet

We've got some mold growing around the base of our toilet (photos below). We're going to pull the toilet up to see what's going on, but wanted to get thoughts on what might be causing this, what to ...
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How far can you move the toilet away from the vent stack in NJ?

I plan on moving the toilet bowl to a different spot in the bathroom, further away from the stack. What is the maximum horizontal distance? Is it 9 feet? As per New Jersey Plumbing Code 2018, 12.8.4: ...
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Need help removing rigid toilet supply line

As the title states, I'm trying to remove my fixed supply line and install a rigid one. I've removed the bottom nut that connects the line to the valve, but I can't figure out how to remove the top ...
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How to better secure the toilet fill hose?

I was having issues with my old fill valve (a Fluidmaster) no longer filling and just dripping in to the tank, and also not shutting off reliably. So I decided to replace it. I got the new fill valve ...
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Toilet Extender Causing Slow Flush Because of Venting Issue

This toilet flushes very slowly, and after much investigating. It has been determined that the adapter used to move the toilet further away from the wall causes the water not to vent. The plumbing ...
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How to best replace this cast iron toilet closet flange?

I have an old cast iron toilet pipe that seems to be a bit under 3" ID. I got an Oatey 3" pvc twist n seal closet flange to try to fit into it, but it seems really difficult to fit it into ...
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Toto Unifit Adapter: Renew, Replace, or Reuse?

I'm replacing a toilet flange and 4" pipe leading to it. There is a Toto Unifit adapter on it, that's about 6 years old. Is there a way to replace the rubber gasket that meets the toilet? Or ...
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Should the Toilet hose valve be loose like this?

Today I turned off the toilet water since I have not moved in yet to my new home. I noticed the spindle is loose. Is this normal? If it is not, is there a significant risk of it coming off and ...
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How can I temporarily plug a toilet drain?

I want to temporarily seal a toilet drain so that I can fill and soak the bowl with a solution of hydrochloric acid to remove mineral scale. The seal has to be water-tight so that the solution can ...
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Why does my toilet leak from bottom after flushing and water tank is refilling

After being flushed, the toilet leaks from the bottom as the tank tries to refill the bowl.  Anyone have any idea why this is happening every time? Can I fix this myself? I want to avoid having to ...
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When a toilet is flushed, clear water drips in basement

Looking for cause of water dripping. When a toilet is flushed, in our basement below it, clear water drips. It is clear and not waste water. After the toilet refills, this stops. It does not happen ...
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Can I connect a bidet spray to the shut off valve of the faucet?

In my new home the toilet tank is in the wall. There is no access to the toilet shut off valve to install a bidet spray. The faucet has a reasonable distance from the toilet. I was wondering if is it ...
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Does my double flush valve need replacement

I have a problem with my double flush valve in the toilet tank. Installed it looks like this: Now the problem is, when pushing either of the two buttons, or both together, the water in the tank doesn'...
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Basement Toilet Ejector Pump Shaking/Knocking

In my basement we have a sewage ejector system connected to the basement bathroom plumbing. This was installed by the builder when we purchased a few years ago. A few days ago, about a minute after ...
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My toilet bowl fill jets do not work

When I flush my toilet the water fills the bowl from the bottom and is accompanied by bubbles.. No water comes out of the bowl jets to rinse the bowl and flush down.. I have researched and cleaned the ...
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Toilet doesn't completely flush unless obstructed

I'm in North America. I'm having issues with my toilet, and this may be a basic question and I'm not originally from here so not used to how the toilets work here! When I flush the toilet, it doesn't ...
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How to drain a toilet bowl?

I want to clean a stained porcelain toilet bowl. It feels like a small crusty coral reef right at the bottom in the water, visible to anyone looking down. I suspect its like calcium/lime but this is ...
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Why does water run into my toilet bowl when I turn on another faucet?

The toilet flushes fine, but when we turn the bathroom tap or shower on, water starts to run into the bowl again. Any ideas please?
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Replaced toilet gasket and now it runs

I replaced the gasket on the bottom of my toilet and now a little water (not much) is leaking past the gasket into the bowl. There was no leaking before. I tried pushing the gasket all the way down ...
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What kind of framing is this and how to frame for wall hung toilet

My summer project is to remodel my master bathroom. When I open the wall and saw its not a tranditional 2x4 stud, I would like to know the name of the framing so that I can research a bit about how to ...
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Bowl refill tube is constantly running into overflow tube

Bowl refill tube is running constantly into the overflow tube.
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Need help with venting and layout of new basement bathroom

I am wondering how far "downstream" a toilet and sink and shower can be from a vent? The pipe leading to the vent are 4" cast iron waste pipe then' and connecting back to a 4" pipe ...
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R&T toilet fill valve slow filling

There is a bottom fill R&T fill valve in my compact cistern. I’m sure it’s for a high pressure supply and mine is connected to a low pressure, my cistern takes forever to fill. Is there anyway of ...
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bolt and nut to remove toilet seat underneath

I have to replace toilet seat in small space and not familiar with this tightening screw. I tried using pliers to pull it down but obviously need to remove the nut first. Any advice what tool to use ...
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How much damage is 3-4 gallons of spilled water likely to have done?

Please help me understand the extent of the damage that might have been inflicted. Interestingly, a few hours later, the drywall ceiling of the floor below shows no water damage. Is that a good sign? ...
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Why does Mansfield toilet siphon jet hole produce a sizable bubble as I flush?

The siphon jet hole in my Mansfield toilet burps a large bubble every time I flush, sometimes splashing over the rim when any "solids" are in the way. Flushing is otherwise robust. I've ...
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Can I put a radiator on the wall behind a toilet?

I'm thinking of layouts for a bathroom reno, and wall space is at a premium. There is an existing recessed hot water radiator along one wall and I'd like to place the toilet in front of it. Because ...
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What's the difference between toilet master Jack RT100 and 40275 models?

I see home depot/lowes selling a "toilet master jack RT100" and walmart selling a "Toilet Master Jack 40275 Universal Fit" Is there a difference between the model numbers? https://...
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Concealed cistern leaking inside toilet bowl

I have recently installed a concealed toilet from Grohe (model Grohe Solido - manual here). After almost 4 months, I have noticed a yellow smudge inside the toilet and I paid more attention to how the ...
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Is an air admittance valve suitable on a sewage ejector pump basin?

My contractor recently installed a sewage ejector pump for a new basement bathroom that will feed waste to a septic tank. The pump will be handling a toilet, shower, and two sinks. I have some ...
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Would this work for venting a basement toilet?

I am putting a bathroom in my basement, but I am not sure about venting. I know studor vents are a possibility, but I would like to just tie into my existing system if possible. Here is a rough sketch ...
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What are alternatives to a double sanitary tee for back to back toilets?

I'm remodeling two back to back bathrooms. None of the fixtures are staying in the same place so I'm essentially starting from scratch. After a lot of research I've put together a plan that looks ...
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Toilet taking several minutes to fill, doesnt fill all the way

I noticed yesterday that my upstairs bathroom's toilet takes quite long to fill after flushing. That toilet is also constantly getting clogged; a source of endless drama when it comes time to plunge ...
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Why does one of my many toilets develop mineral rings in the bowl?

There are five toilets in my townhouse, three being on top floor. Exactly one of these three (always the same one) gets a visible mineral ring around the water line, while none of the other four do. ...
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Seweage smell ONLY from AC vent in bathroom

I recently started installing new floor in our bathroom. I of course took out the sink and toilet, which were left unconnected for about a day and a half (will not do that again). The sink and toilet ...
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Toilet supply line, is this a standard size?

Would Like to replace the supply line to the toilet. However I noticed that the side connected to the water valve measures about an inch wide, and I don’t see that as a standard size at the major ...
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Downstairs WC cold - Extractor or windows?

I have a new build and of course there will be a few niggles here and there, however one of the biggest gripes is that the downstairs WC (toilet) feels chilly when compared with the hallway just the ...
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Plumbing toilet fill tube runs into copper pipe picture attached

Any idea about whats going on here with the copper pipe?
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Is this a drain, trap, or something else?

I removed a cabinet sink in my bathroom, and found this cover/hole underneath. What is it? Is it some old drain, a trap, or something else? I did not want to take the cover completely off until I ...
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Not enough space to screw in toilet supply line, what to do?

My existing toilet supply line connection was old and started to leak a little when I messed with it in order to install a bidet. It started leaking at the connection with the toilet. So I bought a ...
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Bent flange below the floor level -what is the proper way to install a flange spacer?

My flange is a little bit bent and overall not level. The result is that an extender won't sit tight on the flange and it is also a not level (higher on one side as you can see in the second picture) ...
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Why is so important to have the toilet flange/flange extender level when the wax ring can compensate for that ? What tolerances are accepted?

When installing a toilet why is so important to have the flange/flange extender level when the wax ring can compensate for that ? What is the level error accepted ? In my opinion if you use a jumbo ...
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Is it sufficient for toilet flange to be screwed to floating subfloor only?

I have concrete slab basement floor with 3" cast iron sewer pipe sitting about 3" below the surface of concrete. To access this pipe I have a hole about 6" wide around this pipe (See ...
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Can you run two toilets on the same horizontal soil/waste pipe?

I have a bathroom and toilet next door to eachother. Can I add a toilet in the bathroom using the soil pipe from the toilet next door? Current layout: Proposed layout: The existing soil pipe runs ...
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Removed the toilet from bathrom in effort to get closer to & remove a clog. How do I determine if the clog is gone without putting the toilet back on?

The story of a Friend, my plunger, his auger, and my toilet. A "doo doo" or don't do situation! Hi, an acquaintance was at my house helping me with a clogged toilet. He has more gusto then ...
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Toilet riser installation: The flange opening and the riser barely mate [updated]

I am installing a toilet riser to allow installation of 2" floor insulation. The flange that is already in place has a large diameter pipe. The bottom of the riser is fairly small in diameter - ...
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How to install a bidet while not adding extra stress to my toilet seat

Recently my home bought a bidet and installed it with no problem. A few weeks later the seat cracked. I was able to determine that it was the added thickness at the back of the seat caused by the ...
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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

So, basically I live in a region where the water has a lot of limestone content and calcium gets stuck to everything. In my house one of the toilets has this issue where water comes out only from the ...
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Toilet bolt broke free from floor...recommendations?

I was recently tightening the nut on a loose toilet (it was rocking) when the bolt surprisingly broke free and came up. There was no real "breaking free" feeling...it just seemed to be ...
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How to clean a toilet water flush "limitator" (bump?)?

Apologies for the non-technical expressions, I am not a native English speaker. I have the following embedded water flush: The problems with that water flush are the following: it usually flushes ...
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