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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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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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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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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How tight can I tighten triangular plastic nuts on a toilet base

My ~10-15-year-old toilet has been leaking around the base lately. Thought I’d try tightening the nuts on the base, and when I pulled the caps off, I was surprised to see the nuts were triangular ...
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Toilet intermittently won’t flush - strange seasonal venting issue maybe?

Backstory: last winter we had an issue where Toilet #2 of our 2 toilets (the one furthest from septic tank) would intermittently not flush. The tank would drain completely and refill properly, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Mansfield 40 toilet flush levers keep breaking

I have two Mansfield toilets in our house, both of which use the #40 flush lever. Over the 12 years that I've lived in this house, I'd estimate I've had to replace each one at least four times -- it ...
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Issues with "universal" wax rings and 3" drain pipes

I'm a landlord with a few properties, and recently acquired one that's been a major plumbing headache. Replacing toilets has never been an issue in the past, but the flange drain openings here are 3&...
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Help with large cast iron toilet flange

Flushed the toilet last night and found water seeping from the side of the toilet at the floor. I removed the toilet to investigate. I found there were two wax ring doubled up. Cleaned all the wax off ...
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Sound of toilet water flushed from high floors

I live in an apartment building. Time to time, sound like flushed water going down in pipes come from our bathroom, likely when higher floor neighbors just finished using their toilet. Is there a way ...
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Where can i buy a replacement R&T A1260 fill valve?

the gaskets holding my R&T A1260 fill valve cracked resulting in leakage from my toilet. Does anyone know where I can purchase a replacement and/or would other gaskets work with the existing valve?...
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How can I fix a toilet flapper that isn't sealing due to mildew buildup?

I believe I have pink slime on toilet flapper and "base" of toiler fill valve. The toilet is running. I believe it is not sealing because of the pink slime. Any ideas?
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Toilet flange for 3.5” pvc?

I’m replacing my toilet flange but the opening inside diameter is 3.5 inches. I bought the typical 3x4 flange but it sits directly on top of the opening. What size flange do I need?
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Should a plumber automatically choose to auger from the toilet? [closed]

I hired a plumber to clear a clog...toilet wouldnt flush, was bubbling, and water was backing into the shower and sink. He pulled the toilet and started the snake. When he first said he was going to ...
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How to replace back spud on toilet

tldr: Video of problem -|- Flat image of stud We have an old standard tankless bowl with a back inlet spud that started leaking and the original rubber on the spud has dissolved. Similar to the ...
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Replacing old toilet flange, pipe seems really messed up

I've removed a toilet that was not attached very well, and found that the flange was partially detached from the pipe. In trying to replace it, I've found that the pipe seems really messed up. I'm ...
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Toilet float adjustment screw is stuck - how can I fix this?

I was adjusting the water level in my toilet and I think I opened the float adjustment screw too far. It seems to have come disconnected from something. Now the float falls as far as it will go and ...
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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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Why are there tiny air bubbles in the water of my toilet tank?

Why there are there tiny air bubbles in my toilet water tank? Is it a sign of leaking? What causes these bubbles and how can it be fixed?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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