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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Seweage smell ONLY from AC vent in bathroom

I recently started installing new floor in our bathroom. I of course took out the sink and toilet, which were left unconnected for about a day and a half (will not do that again). The sink and toilet ...
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Downstairs WC cold - Extractor or windows?

I have a new build and of course there will be a few niggles here and there, however one of the biggest gripes is that the downstairs WC (toilet) feels chilly when compared with the hallway just the ...
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Toilet supply line, is this a standard size?

Would Like to replace the supply line to the toilet. However I noticed that the side connected to the water valve measures about an inch wide, and I don’t see that as a standard size at the major ...
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Plumbing toilet fill tube runs into copper pipe picture attached

Any idea about whats going on here with the copper pipe?
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Is this a drain, trap, or something else?

I removed a cabinet sink in my bathroom, and found this cover/hole underneath. What is it? Is it some old drain, a trap, or something else? I did not want to take the cover completely off until I ...
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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 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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Not enough space to screw in toilet supply line, what to do?

My existing toilet supply line connection was old and started to leak a little when I messed with it in order to install a bidet. It started leaking at the connection with the toilet. So I bought a ...
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Bent flange below the floor level -what is the proper way to install a flange spacer?

My flange is a little bit bent and overall not level. The result is that an extender won't sit tight on the flange and it is also a not level (higher on one side as you can see in the second picture) ...
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Why is so important to have the toilet flange/flange extender level when the wax ring can compensate for that ? What tolerances are accepted?

When installing a toilet why is so important to have the flange/flange extender level when the wax ring can compensate for that ? What is the level error accepted ? In my opinion if you use a jumbo ...
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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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Is the slow drain on my toilet sink due to sharp angled elbows?

I was wondering if just replacing those sharp angled elbows (see picture below) will solve the slow drain on my toilet sink. I've already take them apart and they are clean and clear, nothing blocking ...
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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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Is it sufficient for toilet flange to be screwed to floating subfloor only?

I have concrete slab basement floor with 3" cast iron sewer pipe sitting about 3" below the surface of concrete. To access this pipe I have a hole about 6" wide around this pipe (See ...
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Does this fill valve need replacing or should I replace cap? Its leaking [closed]

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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Cannot find correct stop valve size for toilet

The stop valve to my cousin's toilet needs to be replaced. It is a male threaded to the wall and 3/8 to supply line. I took it out and took it to Home Depot to get a new one and they said they didn't ...
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Can you run two toilets on the same horizontal soil/waste pipe?

I have a bathroom and toilet next door to eachother. Can I add a toilet in the bathroom using the soil pipe from the toilet next door? Current layout: Proposed layout: The existing soil pipe runs ...
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Toilet Flange - Replace, Keep and Shim, or Something Else?

I just installed new floor in my bathroom. I'm getting ready to install the new toilet, but I think I might have got some bad advice on how to handle the flange. Currently I have a metal/PVC flange ...
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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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Removed the toilet from bathrom in effort to get closer to & remove a clog. How do I determine if the clog is gone without putting the toilet back on?

The story of a Friend, my plunger, his auger, and my toilet. A "doo doo" or don't do situation! Hi, an acquaintance was at my house helping me with a clogged toilet. He has more gusto then ...
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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 can I maintain the water level in a toilet bowl during extended periods of disuse?

I've got a toilet in an area that isn't used very often. How can I add a slow leak to the tank or otherwise arrange to keep the water in the bowl from drying up? I'm looking for an option that ...
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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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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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Toilet riser installation: The flange opening and the riser barely mate [updated]

I am installing a toilet riser to allow installation of 2" floor insulation. The flange that is already in place has a large diameter pipe. The bottom of the riser is fairly small in diameter - ...
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How to install a bidet while not adding extra stress to my toilet seat

Recently my home bought a bidet and installed it with no problem. A few weeks later the seat cracked. I was able to determine that it was the added thickness at the back of the seat caused by the ...
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Toilet bolt broke free from floor...recommendations?

I was recently tightening the nut on a loose toilet (it was rocking) when the bolt surprisingly broke free and came up. There was no real "breaking free" feeling...it just seemed to be ...
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What is the best way to clean toilet bowl stains?

Bought a house a little over a year ago and it was previously a foreclosure and sat for a while. Because of that, it hadn't been cleaned for a while and developed some stains around the water line in ...
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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

So, basically I live in a region where the water has a lot of limestone content and calcium gets stuck to everything. In my house one of the toilets has this issue where water comes out only from the ...
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Toilet paper to the left or right?

I just repainted my bathroom, and at the same time decided to replace the toilet paper dispenser. I patched the holes from the previous TP holder, so I'm starting with a clean slate. I'm at the ...
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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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How to clean a toilet water flush "limitator" (bump?)?

Apologies for the non-technical expressions, I am not a native English speaker. I have the following embedded water flush: The problems with that water flush are the following: it usually flushes ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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Toilet smells like sewer gas, but only in the winter

I've changed the wax ring twice. Every year without fail as soon as the temps dip in the 50s, especially if it's a windy day, the toilet starts stinking. For the life of me I can't figure it out. As ...
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How to unblock a blocked toilet?

I have a toilet which drains out quite slowly and water rises to the brim when the flush is exercised. I have already used the plunger multiple times to try to see if it makes a difference, but it ...
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Better cap needed for toilet bolts

See the white cap in this image I don't know what it is called but I wish it wouldn't keep coming off the bolt/nut on my toilet. Is there a way to fix this? Get a better one? I don't know what 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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Wall-mounted toilet

I have a small bathroom that would greatly benefit from a wall-mounted toilet. Main need is to shift the bowl towards the wall to increase the open space. I'd like a wall-mounted toilet option that ...
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Does my toilet have a manufacturing defect?

I purchased a Kohler toilet about 6 months ago for my bath remodel. I finally got the bath finished after a sequence of delays. The toilet is about 1/8" off level in the rear (see photo) and rocks ...
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Can I use a hub with a low heel inlet for a toilet vent?

The drain for the toilet runs to the left between two joists. Can I use 3'x3"x2" PVC DWV 90 degree Hub x Hub elbow with low heel inlet under the toilet and run two-inch pipe to the right of ...
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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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How do I use the 4 screws (not the bolts) that come with the flange extender when the floor is concrete slab?

I have this flange extender and as you can see it comes with four screws that probably can be used when there is wood floor (main or upper level floor). I am installing this in the basement and the ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to convert my regular toilet seat to one that's like a Toto...so the seat won't slam shut?

Are there hinges out there that I can use to convert my toilet seat so that it won't slam shut? Other methods?
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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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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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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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Does the toilet flange need to be bolted?

I am replacing the toilet in my house, and after removing the old toilet, I can see that the flange is not bolted to the floor. Also, it sits up off the finished floor about a quarter inch. Do I need ...

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