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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Leak into bowl and no water flow to overflow tube

The toilet had a leak from under the front of the bowl rim and all the parts were replaced. The leak is still there. Now, after the flush valve was removed and reset, no water comes out of the hose ...
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How does the float on the toilet chain affect the amount of tank water used per flush?

I have a toilet flapper with an adjustable float on the chain. As I move the float down the chain, more water is released from the tank per flush. Why is this? How does the mechanism work?
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Toilet leaking into bowl

We had a HydroRight in the toilet for several years (with the split, dual flush handle) and all of a sudden, water began trickling into the bowl, and the tank would refill every 10-15 minutes, which ...
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How can I route a toilet drain around copper supply lines right below the slab?

I need to move the toilet back about 3" from where it was originally set to get to the standard 12" rough-in distance. I had to cut the concrete slab and dig into the dirt below. I was planning on ...
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Delay between toilet flushing and filling

Suddenly the cistern is only filling after a delay from 2 to 10 seconds whereas it was immediate some days ago. I didn't touch anything and I'm sure noone entered my flat. Not sure if it is a problem ...
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water draining from toilet after flush

I live in a two storey house with 3 toilets (two on second floor and one on the main floor) the main floor toilet after flushing drains to a low level . I have inspected for water under and around ...
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Toilet bowl fills almost completely before flushing

When I flush my toilet, the bowl fills almost completely (but does not overflow) before the water finally empties out. The bowl then refills to a normal level and stays there until I flush it again. ...
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Tolerances when installing toilet

The new toilet I'm installing has a side to side rock(pre wax ring test) of between 1/16" and 1/8". Is the wax ring sufficient to overcome this gap? A level indicates the left side of the toilet as ...
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why does my toilet have two overflow tubes and a refill line that tees?

I bought a house that has a second bathroom in the basement. I would like to replace this toilet. It appears to have a single water inlet and two over flow tubes. The refill hose tees into the ...
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Strange toilet pause

Lately, our Toto toilet flushes weakly and makes a bubbly sound—unless we hold the lever down a bit (longer than before) to be sure it flushes completely and normally. Then, the tank refills, stops ...
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Swollen rubber seal or something organic growing in toilet tank?

While I was about to fix a slowly filling water tank I noticed some unusual black stuff. It kinda looks like wood ear mushroom. It is brittle when I touch it and easily separates. Is it just a ...
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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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Broken rubber seal - leaking toilet cistern

The black rubber dome on the underside of my toilet cistern cracked and flooded my bathroom. What's it called? What's it for? What measurements do I need to make to buy a new one? What tools do I ...
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Toilet is running but the flapper is clean and intact

I have a toilet that is running, probably once every ten to fifteen minutes. I hear a quiet dripping sound within the tank. I understand that the most common problem associated with these events is ...
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What is this ridge inside my toilet flange? Do I need to replace it?

Does this toilet flange need to be replaced? There is a weird gap within the pipe and I can't tell if its because the flange needs replacement or normal.
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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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toilet basin rattling valve

our toilet water basin valve makes a terrible rattling noise when filling up with water. It's the left side tube making that. Any idea about possible solutions beyond calling a plumber and replacing ...
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Can a toilet vent be upstream?

I am relocating the bathroom door and the toilet vent is right in the middle of the new opening. I want to put the vent in the wall behind the toilet which will be upstream of the toilet. Will this ...
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toilet is constantly running water to tank but won’t fill

My toilet is constantly running and water is pouring into tank but won’t fill and toilet won’t flush
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Can I control where in the toilet bowl the flush water goes?

When I flush the toilet the water mostly comes in from the front of the bowl. Is there something I can do so it covers more of the back? There are more and bigger holes toward the front of the bowl: ...
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Way to prevent mineral buildup in toilet?

Our apartment has extremely hard water, and the toilet has severe mineral buildup that makes it impossible to flush. Is it possible to attach a filter to capture this before it deposits on the toilet? ...
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Replacing toilet supply line and valve

I'm trying to replace the supply line and valve for my toilet but am having a hard time removing the coupling nut. I tried grabbing the fill valve and using a plier to remove the coupling nut but the ...
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Toilet repeatedly clogs - is putting toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank causing the problem?

Our apartment's toilet repeatedly clogs. My roommate puts toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet's tank, so that when we flush, the cleaning liquid runs through the toilet. I'm starting to wonder if the ...
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How to fix a rocking toilet?

Hello I am fairly new to the the whole DIY stuffs and since I don't live in that house anymore I do not have a picture of the problem. I did search online for the issue but all of them has the ...
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Toilet flange is too long and can't lower pipe in floor

I have new plumbing installed for a new toilet. However, the 4" pipe is too close to the floor so the toilet flange (not yet installed) is too long and sticks above the finished floor about an inch. ...
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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)…bad overflow tube?

This is definitely a conundrum: not even our local hardware store could figure this one out! So, here goes: We have a fairly new one-piece toilet in our guest bathroom that now takes forever to ...
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What should I be aware of in buying second-hand sinks and toilets?

I am planning an extension to my house, including a new ensuite bathroom and a downstairs WC. To save money and embedded energy I'm thinking of buying secondhand basins and toilets. There seem to be ...
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What’s the marginal value increase as toilet price increases?

I’m going to replace the four toilets in my new house with elongated taller toilets. I’m looking at the $300 range because of some design features (taller seat, elongated bowl, tank attachment, ...
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Is the toilet bowl's coating the secret to a clean flush?

Note: I am in Australia, which has very different toilet systems to the USA, which is why this similar question was no help to me. I have two bathrooms, which are both being renovated, and I will be ...
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Toilet won't fill if water supply is on high

The fill valve on my new toilet guts shuts off instantly if the water supply knob is turned on all the way. FYI my knob only turns a quarter turn to have the water on all the way. It literally ...
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Center of the flange 13 1/2“ not 10” or 12" what do I do?

I just bought toilet to replace old and it is in my moblehome (hasn't been moved ever, is secured to ground) but the center of the hole where toilet was sitting is 13 1/2", is this going to work?
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Toilet drainage leak

We have a problem with our toilet. When we flush it, water rises in the bowl, then slowly leaks away through the drain onto the floor. I took a video of the problem to possibly send to a plumber. ...
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Replacement of toilet on wooden block

I am trying to replace a toilet which is on top of a block of wood. Before I uninstalled the old toilet, I thought that I would be able to remove the block of wood but now that I have removed the old ...
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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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Toilet tank dripping water condensation [duplicate]

I have a toilet which has water condensing on the outside of the tank and then dripping down onto the floor. No, the tank is definitely not leaking. This is weather related, as this always happens ...
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Drip leak on ceiling right above toilet. Can't nail down the source

So, I have a few drops of water showing up on my first level ceiling right about where the bathrooms are on the second level. On the second level I have two bathrooms - back to back (and the toilets ...
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Fill Valve threaded shank

I just replaced the inside of my toilet and it seems that the threaded shank that the waterline is connected to is too short, so it leaks when I connect the waterline. Is there a different type of ...
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Are bends allowed in a toilet drain above the 4x3 reducer?

I am finishing my basement, which was roughed in by the builder, but I need to move the toilet, since I lost 8" of wall framing in front of the main sewer line, the vanity would be stupidly narrow, to ...
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toilet won't drain - appears to be no blockage

First floot toilet - extremely slow drain, more than 2 hours. Bath - extremely slow drain, ditto. Sink - gurgles a bit (also while bath trying to drain) but will drain with cold tap going full blast. ...
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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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How do I stop water from building up in toilets and bathtubs?

Today, I awoke to water on my bathroom floor. What caused it? My house has a septic tank and two bathrooms, a master bedroom and guest bathroom. The guest bathroom had water on the floor, and the ...
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Can a clogged toilet drain cause a tank overflow?

This is less of a "how do I" question and more of a general knowledge check. Recently I've been having trouble with an overflowing toilet. Fortunately for me (in this situation), I'm a tenant and ...
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Moving a toilet sideways?

Buying a home. Renovating a bathroom with concrete slab for a floor. Specifically need to move the toilet at least 12" to the right. After the toilet is moved we'll install a LONG 2 sink vanity. I do ...
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Water heater working when flushing a toilet

I have a tankless water heater. After I finish to use hot water and I close the faucet, the water heater starts a fan and make a typical noise, it's very typical and expected. I guess it blows off ...
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Leaking toilet inlet service valve

So long story short I believe I've ended up with a crossed thread on the plastic shank of my fill valve. So now as I understand it I need to replace my fill valve, Am I correct in believing I remove ...
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Why won't either toilet in my mobile home flush?

We have two bathrooms on either side of our trailer. For some reason neither of the toilets want to flush. The back fills up with water, I flush and the water sits in the bowl and doesn't drain at all....
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What should I replace on a double-flush toilet to stop internal leaking?

My double-flush toilet will add water at random times, so I guess it's leaking down the water level causing this. Not familiar with the dual flush unit. What should I replace?
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High water level in toilet bowl after flushing

How can I lower the water level in the bowl of a comfort height Kohler 1.6l flush with canister valve?
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...