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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Weak Toilet Flush after not being used for Two months

After not being used for two months, one of the toilets in my home does not flush properly. The water level in the toilet bowl is very low, just barely up to the opening. However, in the tank, the ...
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What is causing this ghost flush?

I have an American Standard toilet, with interior pieces that look pretty new. The toilet suffers from a ghost flush, roughly every fifteen minutes the water kicks on for a few seconds to fill the ...
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My toilet won't flush when it's windy

I have a septic tank. When it's windy it won't flush. The bowl fills up and will slowly go down, but no complete flush.
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Toilet Vent when no horizontal run

I am remodeling my own 67 year old house basement and putting in a full bath. The 4" waste line runs a few inches below the concrete floor and passes by the proposed toilet. Previously I replaced the ...
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why would overflow tube fill with water after flushing

After flushing while thank is filling the overflow tube fills up with water coming from the refill tube. I know it's not supposed to do that. What could cause this? Should i change the flush valve?
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What is the correct height of a toilet flange relative to the finished floor?

What are the best practices or other rules such as building code regarding how to set the height of a toilet flange relative to the finished floor height? Example of the type of flange I am referring ...
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How to fix toilet jets clogged with chlorine tablet chunks

The flush on my toilet is weak. It went from strong to weak overnight. It flushes fine if I dump in extra water. I watched and the flapper does stay open until the reservoir is adequately empty. I ...
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Toilet Flush is odd

Toilet bowl is filling almost all the way up when flushed, then flushes fast and stays almost empty. I put dawn in it and poured hot water into it. I read to fill it up with hot water to the rim and ...
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How to fix my leaking toilet tanks?

Both of my toilets starting having the same leak at the same time and I can't figure out where it is coming from or how to fix it. The water is coming out from the tank where it meets the bowl and is ...
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Caroma smart toilet isn't filling

My Caroma Smart dual flush toilet isn’t filling up. Water supply is turned on,but there is no water coming into the thank. The tank is completely empty. I manually filled the tank up with water and ...
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Dripping Sound from inside toilet tank

Ok so i've googled and have read https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ask-toh/troubleshoot-dripping-toilet Why is there a continuous dripping sound coming from my toilet? To stop the dripping sound I ...
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Toilet sound problem

I have a Kohler 1.6 gallon toilet, I just replaced the flapper - but every 20 minutes or so I hear a sort of rushing sound. There are no obvious leaks and I see no air bubbles inside the tank when ...
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Bathroom toilet has air bubbles when I shower

Whenever I take a shower my toilet has air bubbles. Do I need to snake my plumbing? I live in a mobile home so do I remove the toilet to snake the main line or what do I need to do and how?
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ABS offset toilet flange dilemma. Suggestions to make my 11“ rough-in into a 12” rough-in. USA

Recently I started a thread to get advice on how to move a flange for a toilet so that I can wind up with a 12" rough-in when I'm done. It's problematic since I can't really work with the ABS under ...
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Help locating a 4x3 offset spigot flange for toilet? Or suggestions for my offset flange dilemma? USA

I am in the midst of remodeling a bathroom and have removed all the previous flooring and am down to the joists. I am putting down 3/4 plywood, cement board and then 1" hexagon tile. I'm having ...
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Toilet keeps blocking / bubbling and sink drains into toilet

We have recently had our bathroom refitted but the toilet keeps getting blocked up. When it happens the sink doesn't drain well or drains into the toilet.it is a combined toliet/ sink unit. When it ...
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PVC toilet flange replacement problems

Background: I wanted to replace the wax ring on my toilet but when I took it apart I found that the flange was in bad shape. The notches that hold the bolts were broken out. That, I think, led to the ...
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Tighten toilet seat with nut in tough spot

I'm trying to tighten a Pressalit toilet seat on a Villeroy & Boch toilet. Unfortunately on that toilet the bolts are inside the toilet base and tough to reach. The Pressalit website shows a ...
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Fixing a slowly leaking toilet tank

It seems as if the seal at the bottom of the tank is no longer perfectly planar. It is slowly leaking until the flotation device is low enough to trigger refilling. I am guessing that this can be ...
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Converting from Pressure Assisted to Gravity

I have an American Standard 4086 toilet with a Sloan Flushmate pressure assisted unit in it. Is this toilet compatible with a regular gravity flush/fill valve set up if I wanted to remove the ...
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What is the likely cause of a hidden leak from shower and toilet use? [closed]

Our kitchen ceiling has a leak. We have narrowed it down to it coming from the master bathroom shower. If one person takes a shower, it’s fine. If a second person showers shortly after or even a ...
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How should I attach a toilet flange and toilet with this particular situation?

OK, after doing some research I believe the best way to install a toilet is on a flange that is attached on top of a finished floor, and if a flange is too low or too high there are ways to ...
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Toilet bowls not filling with enough water

My parents just built a new house, but they've been having an issue where neither of the two toilet bowls is filling with enough water. I took a look at them (I know nothing about plumbing but I know ...
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Round or elongated toilet seat? [closed]

Not 100% sure if these are elongated or round seats. (I don't have physical access to verify.) Exhibit A Exhibit B
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Toilet running constantly after replacing parts

I'm looking for any thoughts or guidance on this as I am officially out of patience:) Here's what I have done, step by step (sorry, this is long...): Our toilet was running a bit, so we replaced the ...
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Toilet hisses after flush, is it normal?

This might sound stupid but I've just changed the diaphragm in the toilet as it was hissing and not filling for a long time. The toilet flushes great and only takes about 20-30 seconds to fill now, ...
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Leaky shut off valve to toilet need to know what kind of sealant to use can't turn off Main water

I can't afford a plumber at this time and the valve is leaking so badly it floods the bathroom. And somehow the main shut off is not working either. My house has been vandalized which is why I believe ...
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minor hairline crack on the base of a toilet, should I repair / replace?

It was my first time removing a toilet, and when I put it back, I fastened the bolt a little too tight and heard a slight crack. I'm wondering if this is something that needs immediate attention, or ...
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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 toilet have a venting issue?

My toilet is making a slight gurgling noise at the end of the flush. Here is a video of the flush: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yIcFN14zdgDAAFu43 The toilet is vented via a 2" vent that meets the toilet ...
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How can I trim out a supply pipe passing through a tile floor against the toilet base?

I need a recommendation for a product that I can use to hide where this pipe meets the floor in my bathroom. There was a metal piece here but I had to cut it off since the new toilet comes so close ...
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toilet running intermittently

My toilet sometimes runs intermittently after the tank has been filled for a few seconds and then stops also there's a terrible smell a gas smell coming from the bathroom. I think the problem is ...
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Explosive Backup in Shower/Toilet in Small House & Clear Bubbles in Sink & Toilet of Main House

I have small main house and smaller unattached house-like mother-in-law dwelling. Both houses have shower, toilet, sink. Yesterday in main house I noticed clear water bubbles in the sink and ...
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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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How to make sure the toilet bowl won't break after abuse?

Caught workers using the uninstalled toilet bowl I bought a week ago, as a stepping stool. I know that porcelain is fragile and deadly when they break under stress, how do i know that one is broken ...
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Recommended way to bolt toilet tank

I've read variations on what hardware to use in bolting the toilet tank to the bowl. From a top down sequence with optional/variation items indicated in parentheses: bolt (metal washer) rubber ...
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How to secure a toilet

Is shimming a robust way of securing toilets and avoiding rocking, or is there a better way? Is any distance between the water tank and the wall behind the toilet a problem that needs bracing? Are 2 ...
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Backed up toilet, I can't remove the water from the bowl

My toilet is backed up and I have been plunging for hours now. As I was plunging it started overflowing with water. So, I used my shop vac to take some of the water out but as much as I was draining, ...
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Toilet won't flush without extra water

About 18 months ago I had some plumbing work done and a ton of sediment was loosened in my pipes. Clogged the bathroom sink faucet fully and it had to be removed and cleaned out. Since then, the ...
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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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How to stop downstairs toilet from bubbling when upstairs toilet is flushed?

I have a newly installed toilet on ground floor of my house. The drain of this ground floor toilet is connected (in the basement) to the drain stack of the toilet in the attic on the 3rd floor. When I ...
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Does the Fluidmaster 400A fill valve have a flow restricter?

My toilet tank takes 2 min 11 sec to refill. It uses the Fluidmaster 400A. Water pressure is good and we don't have hard water or sediment. Does the 400A have a flow restrictor in the shank? I would ...
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Leak with Drywall and Wood Framing

I've got, potentially, a silly question. We're having some work done in our basement, including the addition of a bathroom. The guys working here were working on the main to install the up-flush ...
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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 tank draining near fill valve gasket

My toilet's tank is draining and I have an idea as to why. (I should clarify - this is a dual flush!) I opened it up and dropped a bit of food colouring in – the colouring made it's way to the base ...
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What is the purpose of the tube connecting to the overflow pipe in my toilet tank?

My dual flush toilet was leaking; this is what the connections looked like before I "fixed" it: Notice the ivory-yellow hose is connected to the blue-plastic fitting on the overflow tube. In ...
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Toliet won't stop making a noise from the tank

For the past two days, the toliet has been making a noise. I thought it was a leak, but the water isn't moving. Once toliet is flushed, the water in the tank rises all the way to the top of the ...
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Can I convert a Sloan valve with tank ?

I have a older toilet(1970’s) with Sloan valve flush system- can I replace the Sloan valve with a tank and keep the bowl?
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Is this a bad Toilet tank refilling Fix

I wonder if this is the wrong way to address a toilet that leaks and refills every so often. I have an American Std 4117A toilet that refills for 5 or so seconds. I think it is leaking around the ...
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OLD Am Standard tank valve repair/replacement?

I have an old American Standard toilet and there is a slow leak between the tank and the bowl. I replaced the N-3055 feather valve and the slow leak remains. The metal seat feels smooth but looks ...