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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How to troubleshoot a slowly draining toilet with a push button cistern

One of my toilets is slowly leaking. It has (what I have deduced from Google) a dual push button cistern and a float-cup fill valve. Here's a photo. As you can see, from this animated GIF sped up 60x,...
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Can I attach a bidet washlet with the T-Valve connected to the wall instead of the tank?

I recently purchased a bidet seat/washlet. I live in NYC in a rented apartment, and the toilet is designed in such a way to be fairly shallow - and inflow tube to the toilet tank is very hard to ...
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Pull to Close toilet supply valve closes by itself

At the wall connection my toilet water is supplied by a pull-to-close valve rather than the turn-to-close valve I’ve seen on most toilets. Suddenly the valve has begun closing by itself. If I want to ...
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How do I identify & fix a hammering noise when I flush the toilet?

I have a 3-story house with two 10-year old toilet bowls. Both bowls have a somewhat weak flush, but still work fine, though often the bowl needs plunging. Just recently, I started hearing a ...
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Installing LVP or LVT laminate flooring in bathroom: what base and side considerations?

We are looking to do new flooring in our downstairs bathroom. My wife likes a flooring material by a company called COREtec; specifically their "Calypso Oak" LVP/LVT product: Our bathroom, ...
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Could spray foam insulation around a drain pipe have caused a toilet to loosen?

About 3 weeks ago, we had a problem with our toilet. The toilet is on the first floor. It was leaking. We called in a plumber who said that the wax seal was bad and he fixed it. After doing this, we ...
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adjust water level in toilet flush

I have inherited a toilet (pictured). In the tank, the level -- to which the water currently fills -- is indicated by the red arrow. There's an old water-level stain at a much higher level (green ...
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Motorboat noise from toilet, then shower

Flushed the toilet in the MB and it made a foghorn noise until the water shut off. I replaced the flush valve. I turned the water off at the entry and drained all the lines. Water on. Then, with all ...
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Hi, This Part of my Toilet Seat Broke. What is the Recommended Fix?

It’s a Mayfair toilet seat. I still have the part that broke off.
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toilet seat lid/cover loose

I have an elongated toilet. My toilet seat cover has come out. The seat is well secured in place. How do I attach cover back to seat? Do I need longer pins to put through the holes shown below? but I ...
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Could hot water from attic water lines cause deterioration of toilet flush valves?

Both of my toilets started losing water in the tank within about a week of each other. They aren't leaking out of the toilet, so I assume it is the flush valve. I replaced the flapper on one, but it ...
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Why is my toilet bowl filling up?

It's been 4 months since we moved in to the newly constructed house and the septic tank is quite large (like 10 feet length, 6 feet depth and 8 feet width). Water seems to be backing up in the toilet ...
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Toilet keeps leaking from the cistern pipe going into the back of the pan

I have a persistent problem of the pipe leaking at the back of the pan, the toilet has been replaced, the pipe has been replaced and the seal has been replaced 3 times, it still leaks, I’m at my wits ...
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How to stop foul smell in toilet

My toilet always leaves some kind of foul smell not sure how it happens , all the toilets and septic tank has vent pipe too. I personally checked my WC and it's properly attached with floor and it's ...
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Attach bidet to a toilet with a rigid pipe and remote shut off valve

All the toilets in my house have a rigid pipe connection going straight into the wall or floor, with all the shut off valves in the garage. Is there any way to attach a bidet to a toilet like this?
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Cast iron toilet flange

I have a home built in the late '70s with cast iron toilet flanges. It appears to have cast iron flanges with 3" stubs into 4" cast iron pipes. I haven't seen any information on this setup ...
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Metal attachment for built-in light switch [closed]

I was searching on the internet for a built-in light switch with a PIR-sensor. When surfing I found the sensor which I show in the picture. I was wondering what the metal attachment at the back of the ...
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How to reduce the amount of water lost through the toilet refill tube?

With each flush, much water goes through the toilet refill tube and down the overflow tube. I measured it today and it was 6 cups for one flush. The first cup is certainly wasted because the flapper ...
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Leaking Toilet Base [closed]

Toilet leaks around base and smells of pee. The wax ring has been replaced several times and we still have the leak and smell.
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Why is there an extra part in my toilet? (rubber thingy between tank and bowl)

I am fixing a small leak from the tank into the bowl. I bought the Korky complete toilet repair kit and am following the installation instructions in their 5 minute video (https://www.korky.com/4010MP)...
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Can a little cooking oil be added to the surface of toilet water to reduce evaporation?

In a helpful comment on another QA, community member RedSonja wrote: In [the] future, if you are going to leave the toilets unused for a long time, a spot of cooking oil on the water surface will ...
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Double fixture fitting with a cap on top

I'm looking to put two toilet drains into the vertical main from either side. I see that I should use a double wye fitting (according to everything I could find for toilets), but I cant find any ...
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How can I refill the toilet after the water has evaporated from disuse?

My toilet bowl and tank water appear to have evaporated after several weeks of disuse. How should I go about getting water in them again? I haven't tried anything yet because I didn't want to do the ...
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Removing toilet seat cover

Does anybody know how to remove this type of toilet seat cover. i have no access to the underneath of the toilet as it is fixed to the wall. i have tried to put a flat screw driver underneath and pop ...
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How do I replace a toilet supply stop valve attached to copper pipe?

I need to replace the stop valve to my toilet but it is connected to a copper pipe from the wall as shown in the photo. I have no experience working with copper pipes. How should I proceed?
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Why does my toilet overflow when I turn the sink tap on?

When I turn either this bathroom tap on, or another bathroom tap on, on the same floor, the toilet inlet starts letting in water. Please see this video: https://youtu.be/GIuwzwYNUrQ What's the cause, ...
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Toilet Fill Valve Leaking Around Top?

I have a Kohler 2-piece toilet with what I think is a leaking fill valve. Basically the toilet wasn't flushing. When I opened it up, I saw the valve tubing had become detached from the canister flush ...
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Does a water closet (toilet stall) require an electrical outlet?

In my master bathroom, I am creating a "water closet": a private space for the toilet. It is 6'6" x 3'6" and similar to a stall in a public bathroom. It has full walls, a full-...
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Geberit wall-mounted flush not stopping

A Geberit wall-mounted (in-wall?) toilet flush does not stop the water flow automatically if the handle is returned to the original position after flushing. This uses a lot of water and just makes me ...
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Leaking toilet fill value

The fill valve in the flush tank of one of my toilets is leaking from the top (see the green arrow in the pic below). How do I find out exactly which fill value I need to buy to replace the one I have?...
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How do I change this flush to a dual flush?

I have a single flush toilet that I would like to swap to a dual flush to try save money on water. This is my current single flush and I’ve seen dual flush kits. Is this a straight forward diy job or ...
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Reattach Toilet Seat Pin Inside the Hinge

The pin inside the toilet seat hinge came out (this is NOT the bolt that attaches the seat to the toilet). The pin screws into the lid and then I can slide it through the flange (piece that bolts to ...
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How to connect exhaust fan switch to bathroom light switch?

How to connect the exhaust fan switch to the light switch? I have opened the exhaust fan before, there are: 2 permanent live wires 1 blue wire connected to neutral 1 black wire connected to switched ...
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Why isn't new sewer vent cap resolving poor toilet flushing?

Next to my lakehouse is a renovated garage with a toilet and a sink. Entire structure was built in the 90s. We have septic. Toilet flushes poorly, gurgles with flushing and just randomly. Removed the ...
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Supply stop / valve crooked piece - dangerous?

I had a contractor come in and totally botch a simple toilet installation which I'm going to have to pay a proper plumber to come fix up. He replaced a supply stop / valve and upon inspection it seems ...
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Toilet water supply pipe cover rusted in place

This toilet valve cover is rusted in place. I can’t slide it up or down the pipe and the pipe itself doesn’t seem to be corrosion resistant. I am worried the rust if not resolved will eat into the ...
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Toilet leaking into bowl. Identified part, just not its name or how to fix

After looking up several tutorials (cleaning the rubber ring in the base of the dual flush system, adjusting the overflow pipe, etc.) I've realised the problem is the water isn't shutting off when the ...
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Toilet screw rusted and fused

I have a toilet and wanted to change the caps that cover the toilet screw and nut that holds the bowl to the floor. I tried to remove the screw to install the new caps that go under the washer and nut,...
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American standard toilet trip lever rod stuck on adjustment knob

[adjustment knob circledputting in a new American Standard toilet and the trip lever rod blocks the float from coming up — the adjustment knob is getting caught on the rod. Any suggestions? I tried ...
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Are there pipes above a toilet in a typical residential bathroom?

We have a new-build house. I’d like to hang some pictures behind the toilet, but I’m not sure where the pipes run in the bathroom. Is there any chance they run vertically above the toilet? I can’t ...
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Fix toilet flange in concrete or leave it?

Getting ready to do a levelling/flattening pour on bathroom floor but need to decide what to do with the flange first as it is was put in too low originally. The floor around the flange shouldn't be ...
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Ok to put bleach in toilet tank?

My toilet's tank has a lot of dark brown scum growing on the walls. I assume it's some kind of mold or bacteria. The water itself isn't cloudy, but when you flush, some of the scum comes loose and ...
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Is there an adapter to raise the tank on a toilet

A long standing complaint with low flow toilets is they often don’t flush well (even if it had a high MaP rating). I’ve tried most of the tricks on mine of adjusting the float, the flusher, etc. It ...
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How can I secure a toilet flange with damaged subfloor? [closed]

The hole in the floor around the current pipe is larger than the damaged flange, so the replacement cannot be screwed to the floorboard. Replacing that section of the floorboard would normally require ...
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Is tightening this nut impossible?

There is water dripping out of the part of the t-valve adapter connected to the toilet tank. The angle required to tighten the bolt with a tool makes it (seemingly) impossible. Wrench? Not enough ...
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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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