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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Is it better to replace this flange or install a “repair kit”?

I have noticed that sitting on my toilet feels a little crooked, and today we have removed the toilet to inspect the flange. It’s an older flange with a metal ring and PVC insert which I imagine is ...
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Toilet Shooting Water when flushing

We are having an issue with one of our toilets "spitting" water out of the toilet when it is flushed. The toilet bowl itself also doesn't seem to have much water at all sitting in it. When ...
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How should I go about leveling my bathroom subfloor?

Over years, after replacing gaskets, replacing the toilet, and using shims under the toilet, I finally began the subfloor replacement in the area beneath the toilet to resolve the toilet not sitting ...
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Cracked toilet seat hinge: repair seat or replace seat?

Does it ever make sense to repair or replace a broken toilet seat hinge? The seat is in good condition otherwise, but a new seat is under $50. Just a standard elongated toilet seat from glacier bay ...
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How should I clean under the narrow toilet rim to restore full flush power?

I have just moved into a new apartment and I found the toilet does not have a very powerful flush. After thoroughly cleaning the entire toilet – inside and out –, checking the water valve is fully ...
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What is this sleeve in this toilet tank?

There is a clear plastic sleeve around the flush mechanism in this toilet. I just replaced the flapper and the sleeve seems to interfere with the flapper, making it close too soon. Why is the sleeve ...
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Cleaning an R&T A1250 toilet fill valve

I have a slow-filling toilet, and it looks like a common fix is to clean out the fill valve. For some types of fill valve you just push down and turn to take it apart; this one, apparently an R&T ...
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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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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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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 stop a toilet seat from rapidly loosening?

The seat on my toilet always works itself loose. It has plastic thumb-screw-style nuts that tighten on to bolts on the underside of the toilet. The left nut works itself loose over the course of a ...
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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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Toilet water drains out slowly after flush

My toilet flushes normally, but after the flush, the water drains out again slowly until the siphon suction breaks (this happens about 10-15 seconds after the flush). This doesn't always happen -- I'...
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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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Toilet shutoff type identification

The valve won't turn so I'm looking to replace it. I think it's a sweat type but I'm looking for confirmation. Is this a sweat or threaded valve? Edit: Scraped pipe Edit 2:
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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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No flange when replacing toilet

I pulled out an old toilet and there wasn't a flange in the floor to use when installing the replacement. It looks like the bolts were drilled straight into the ground, although one of them I had to ...
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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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Septic tank pumped 6 months ago, filter cleaned 2 weeks ago, toilet backing up again. Plumbing or septic problem?

I have a septic tank that was pumped out 6 months ago. The toilets started backing up and one was leaking from the base. I had plumber out, they snaked line to septic tank but said the tank needed ...
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toilet will not flush even after replacing the toilet twice

I bought this house 5 years ago and have always had problems with the half bath toilet. It was very very slow to flush if at all. Now it will not flush at all. I have replaced the toilet twice with ...
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Fluidmaster float sticks on brand new Champion toilet

My Fluidmaster float sticks on brand new Champion toilet. Seems to hang up on every third flush. Turns out there was an imperfection in the tube with a bit of plastic flash sticking out that was ...
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Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet

I live in a house with a septic system. When the winter/spring rains come, the toilet on the ground level master bedroom does not flush. We have another toilet on the ground floor that does flush. ...
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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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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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Removing rusted screw and wingnuts from toilet tank

My toilet tank is held in place by two screws, which have rusted so much that the shape in their head is almost completely disappeared. On the opposite side, they are held in place by two wingnuts ...
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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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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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Too tall cast iron toilet flange in cement

I'm adding a new toilet in my basement. There is a cast iron toilet flange coming out of floor approx 3.5”. There isn’t a way to build up the floor that high, since it's a basement cement slab. Any ...
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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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Bemis toilet has a removable plastic container

Toilet won’t fill. I can lift out the container. If I remove it will the toilet fill and flush correctly?
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How can I remove a lemon from a toilet drain?

My little boy flushed a whole lemon down the toilet. It is stuck. What can I use to remove the lemon?
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Fluidmaster 400A fill valve: very slow toilet tank fill

I installed a Fluidmaster 400A almost 10 years ago. There is excellent water flow into the overflow pipe, but the tank is taking longer and longer to fill after flushing--now almost 4 minutes. Much ...
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Toilet tank slow leak such that it runs for a few seconds periodically to refill

I've read through many of the q&a's here on the board and had already presumed my issue was a worn flapper. I ordered the replacement flapper from American Standard, adjusted as per their ...
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...
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What can I do when the rough in hole in my concrete is too large for my toilet flange?

I am finishing a basement bathroom and preparing to lay down vinyl flooring. Before I do that, I wanted to check how my toilet flange would fit sitting on top of the finished floor, and I noticed that ...
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but is ...
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Snaking toilet: regular maintenance or only if issue?

My partner and I live in a small (7-unit) condo building and want to make sure that we are maintaining our unit according to what are standard practices. One question we have is whether snaking our ...
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No water to toilet after the city purged hydrants

The city was opening fire hydrants around the neighborhood resulting in no water coming to the house. This happened while I was at work. When I came home I had to turn the faucets and showers on to ...
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Toilet leaking, possibly related to loose screws?

Pools of water have started to appear next to the base of my toilet. There are two screws near the base of the toilet. One of them is totally loose (see photo) - it just spins and I can waggle it ...
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2 toilets, 1 slow?

Single-family Florida concrete block home built in 1979, city water and sewage. Hallway bathroom toilet flushes great, quickly swirls, drains completely and quickly, refills. Master bedroom toilet, ...
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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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Weird brown substance at base of toilet

So this has been bothering me, and I cannot find out why it's doing it. I live in the city, and we typically don't have problems with water. None of my other appliances, sinks, tubs have the issue, ...
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How do I repair damaged enamel inside my toilet bowl?

There is an area of enamel missing on the bowl of my toilet - just beneath the natural water line. Is it possible to repair it with radiator enamel, or by some other method?
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Why do I have to hold the handle down to flush the toilet?

I have to hold the handle down to flush my toilet completely. I took a look inside and I am wondering if it has something to do with the chain or the flapper. I am noticing that the flapper does not ...
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Kohler k620 tank - which Tank-To-Bowl Connector Kit?

A toilet is leaking at a bolt that holds it to the bowl. (See photo.) It is a 1950's Kohler 2 piece with k620 stamped inside the tank. (See photo.) How do I find a suitable tank-to-bowl connector ...
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Please help! I don’t know what to do on what to do about my frozen main water supply line to my toilet?

The water supply line to my toilet is frozen going on about 24 hours now. It is in the upstairs bathroom along the north wall, the only water line in the house that is frozen. All other pipes/drains/...
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Upstairs toilet leaking into ceiling

My upstairs toilet is leaking into the ceiling downstairs only when the water supply is turned on. One company came out and cut a hole in the ceiling and said it is not the water pipe. Another company ...
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How to remove a rusty screw and cap from a toilet

The toilet seat has rusted away the screw holes that connects itself to the iron hinges, making the seat removable while the lid and the hinges stays connected to the toilet bowl. I want to remove the ...
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How do I stop the toilet seat from continuously sliding to the right every time it is used?

I don't know why the seat keeps moving. I slide it left and it moves to the right every time. Now I definitely see similar questions on here, but the people say they tighten it and it gets loose again....

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