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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Why don't new flush valve seals have the same bump in them as the original?

I recently replace a flush valve seal: I noticed the old one had a quarter inch "bump" on - I had no idea how that would have happened, but to me seemed to explain why the seal was not ...
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How to connect toilet flush valve chain with provided v-shaped connector

My husband has been fixing an older toilet in our house - it was leaking so we completely replaced all the seals on the tank and then we replaced some of the seals inside it - this is all working fine ...
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Why does this toilet clog so often?

My inlaws have one toilet in their house that regularly clogs. They have two more toilets that don't seem to clog at all. They live in a suburb with full plumbing (not a septic tank). The toilet isn't ...
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After flushing, toilet bowl fills before tank fills

After flushing, the bowl on the toilet fills too high, nearly to the top before the tank does. I do not know what to try first.
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Removal of toilet flange in bathroom remodel with subfloor replacement and tile installation

I had a leaking bottom seal for my first floor half bath toilet, buckling linoleum tiles. I took up the linoleum and 0.7 in composite board that sits on the primary subfloor. As part of this ...
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How can I stop my Geberit flushing system from hissing?

Our toilet will often go into a mood and start hissing. This will go on until I manually operate the filling mechanism to fill the tank higher. I suspect that it is somehow not filling enough and ...
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Replace valve/washer/nut/seal for toilet cistern water inlet leaking where nut meets porcelain?

The outside of my toilet cistern is dripping where the water inlet connects to the cistern and push valve, specifically, where the plastic nut (the one tightened by hand) meets the porcelain. There ...
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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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What is this extra hole in my toilet tank?

I can’t figure out what this hole is for. The toilet has a plastic insert in the tank to reduce flushing volume. The circled hole is a plastic tube that goes up to e top of the tank and sits inside ...
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Replacing a very old toilet

Old toilet has lead 'flange' with no bolts. Toilet was screwed down with bolts embedded in the floor. I have subsequently cleaned this, the lead flange has some crut on it that isn't going away, but ...
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Brittle material flaking off in toilet

just moved into my first rural property which is on well and septic. Today I noticed that the upstairs toilet had a weird flat object lying in the bowl that seemed to have come loose from flushing. I ...
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Can I install a bidet seat/washlet without a tank?

I'm interested in adding a washlet to my toilet seat (like this one for example https://www.brondell.com/swash-300-bidet-toilet-seat/) but I'm not sure if I can do so given that my toilet doesn't have ...
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Temporarily prevent a full toilet bowl from draining

I want to fill the toilet bowl with water as high as I can and let the water sit without draining for up to 24 hours. Why? To let some (gentle) cleansers do their work. I've tried shutting off the ...
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Toilet makes high pitch whine after flushing, but only in the middle of the night

Sometimes, when my toilet is flushed in the middle of the night, it will make a high pitched whining noise for several (5-10 seconds) while refilling. This doesn't happen during the day, and it only ...
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Does this fill valve need replacing or should I replace cap? Its leaking

This fill valve is leaking, I have flushed it and it still leaks. Does it look okay or does the entire assembly need replacing?
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How can I open an older type Gustavsberg cistern toilet?

Can anybody advise how to open this type cistern...? I tried to loosen nut on top but did not want to force it. Thanks
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Any advice or words of wisdom for toilet leaking through floor/ceiling?

Does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom for the following project? Specifically, my questions are as follows: Is this most likely just a matter of replacing the entire upstairs commode / ...
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How should I fix this broken plastic toilet flange?

I went to replace an old toilet out in the garage and the flange cracked. It and the pipe are black plastic (PVC?) and the flange appears to be glued on. Whoever did this the first time did not ...
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water valve to toilet will not shut off and the water is running more and more even when off

my toilet was being fix because one of my kids break it. the water valve was turn off but was leaking a lil bit then around 10:30 last night it sounding like my washer was being fill but it was coming ...
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How to unclog or flush a toilet that when plunged it pushes up the overflow tube?

I have a clogged toilet in an apartment and every time I try to plunge it with my plunger it pushes up the overflow tube(?). I've tried plunging it less and more forcefully but both just push up the ...
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What caused my toilet's flapper valve to become spongy and disintegrate (see pictures)?

I just had the flapper valve fail one of my home's toilets. The rubber had become spongy, sticky, and was beginning to disintegrate. It's so soft now that it rubs off with the slightest touch. The ...
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11/16 OD Toilet shut off

My house is 1920s, New England. its been upgraded and added onto a few times. 2nd floor toilet shut off was leaking. I cut off the valve as I was unable to safely get a torch on it to un-solder it....
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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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What can I do to stop a running toilet with this type of flush system?

Do I need to replace the “grey part” water keeps coming in and won’t stop even with the sensor bar all the way up. I did fix my other toilet that had a running water problem but I have never seen this ...
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How can I fix a wall-mounted toilet that keeps running?

Our wall-mounted toilet keeps running. It is easy to "stop" by removing the plate with the push-buttons and pressing down the cylinder (valve?) inside, but I'd like to find an actual solution :) It's ...
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New water supply lines continue to leak at toilet tank connection

I have tried two new water supply hoses on my toilet tank. Each time they have leaked at the tank. I was very careful to, at first hand tighten and then, gently, with a channel lock pliers, turn them ...
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What to do about toilet overflow tube higher than allowed level on new fill valve?

I'm trying to replace the fill valve of a toilet that's missing some parts and I've run into a snag. I bought a Fluidmaster universal fill valve, and the instructions say that the top of the overflow ...
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I have a water-saving toilet with a plastic dish inside the bowl that needs to be replaced

My water-saving toilet was given by local utility company to save water many years ago. This is in Southern California. The bowl has a dish inside. A handle on the left side is pressed down and the ...
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Gap between toilet and a "glue" on the wall

I don't know anything about plumbing, but recently I moved to a new apartment and noticed that there is a slight gap between the hanging toilet and some kind on a white glue on the wall. Check the ...
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Filling and recreating toilet bolts in concrete

The two bolt holes for my toilet are crumbling and I need to fill it in and make new ones. What's the best way to do it so it won't shift?
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Should this toilet flange be replaced, repaired, or is it acceptable?

The toilet in my kids bathroom started wobbling so I pulled it off to put a new wax ring on and retighten the floor bolts. Once I pulled the toilet I noticed that the pipe and the inner portion of the ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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Why does flushing one toilet cause another to back up?

I have a problem with our toilets. when 1 flushed the first toilet, the "things' will came out the second toilet, which is the other side of the first toilet. This makes me have to flush both toilets ...
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Can a toilet just stop working?

The water in the back end of the toilet doesn’t meet the water line. Can it stay an inch below and still function correctly? Every time we flush, the bowl only goes down about 1/2 way leaving most of ...
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Where in the Canadian building or plumbing code is the 15" toilet clearance rule?

I've heard numerous stories occurring throughout British Columbia where, apparently, inspectors enforced a rule that requires 15" of clearance from the centerline of a toilet to an adjacent finished ...
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What are the pros and cons of putting a downstairs toilet's cistern in an upstairs cupboard or converted loft, to save space in a tight cloakroom?

As the question says. I have a tight downstairs cloakroom in my house, that I'm redesigning. The inches taken up by a typical cistern behind the toilet is a problem,it pushes the seat too close to the ...
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My toilet won't flush, and just adds water

my toilet won't flush. All it does is fill up with water and sit there. It's not even draining the water. I have let it sit all night and still is the same water level in the morning. I've been ...
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Ground floor toilet started bubbling randomly and the water level has risen in the toilet bowl

We live in a house, we have 2 toilets 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs. The downstairs one started bubbling vigorously and the water level in the bowl started rising. Now flushing just increases the water ...
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Why is my toilet flushing slowly and not emptying the waste from the bowl?

When I flush my toilet it fills up to the rim with water. It will then drain slowly but not even a piece of toilet paper will go down the drain. I've tried plunging it and nothing is coming up like it ...
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Toilet with brown sediment in the toilet bowl

10 days ago I moved into a newly built house, with all new fixtures and fittings. In the past few days overnight in the downstairs toilet, brown sediment settles at the bottom of the pan. The water ...
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What are the red streaks in my toilet occasionally?

What are the red streaks in my toilet occasionally? It seems to come from where the water flows when flushing and go around the bowl. Sometimes settling in the bottom where the little bit of water ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I need to change the wax ring on my toilet. The closet bolts that hold it in place are rusted so I need to cut them in order to remove the nuts. I thought of trying bolt cutters. The bolt cutters I ...
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Does my new bathroom plumbing need a cleanout?

I am working on new plumbing for an addition we just built. Does anyone see any issues? Do I need a clean-out at the end of the run? I plan on using a 3" elbow in lieu of a combo to keep ...
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What is this type of lock called?

My bathroom lock is broken and I am looking to buy a replacement, but I don't know what its called. Here is a photo of the broken one and a working one from the toilet. Would anyone know the search ...
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Toilet too high

Set a toilet flange before laying tile, overcompensated by almost 3/4". I cut some plywood to wedge under it, and my only thought is to run a very thick bead of caulk in the gap and hope I make it ...
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My new toilet is sometimes running but removing the lid solves it

This is crazy but I reproduced it multiple times: from time to time the toilet won't stop running , I think a non-complete flush will trigger it. If I just remove the lid and flush again then it'll ...
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Toilet full valve drips slightly when turning back on

I turned the full valve on my loo off to unclog the toilet and as I go to turn clockwise to turn back on it drips slightly so bit worried to turn on in case I find myself with a big leak!!!:( First ...
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Bathroom sink and toilet shared drain

I don’t know how to explain it other than referring to the drawing. Due to short distance between the toilet flange and the nearest drain pipe, and limited access from the sink, I couldn’t come up ...
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Toilet only leaks when supply is on

When I flush my toilet, the water level will drop about an inch after the tank fills and then fill up again. This goes on non-stop UNTIL I turn the supply off. If I turn the supply off immediately ...
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Is it Possible to Coat the Subfloor Around a Toilet Flange to Prevent Rot?

I'm renovating a bathroom. Is there some kind of paint or chemical that I can apply to the subfloor around the toilet flange to keep it from rotting?

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