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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Water flushes, but nothing else

What could be the problem. When flushing my toilet, the water flushes normally, it does not fill up and then drains slowly or anything funny. It flushes normally, but toilet paper and whatever else ...
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Toilet and shower will not drain

While I was showering this morning, the water refused to drain. After hours of it being in the same state, I found out the toilet would not drain as well. The sink, however, does. If the toilet is ...
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Toilet with what looks like 11 inch rough-in. Do I buy 12 or 10?

My current toilet is measuring at 11 inches even from the wall (not the molding) to the center of the bolts. Looking around I see a lot of people saying that they saw somewhere else that a 12 inch ...
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Low water level in the bowl of the toilet after flushing

I have 3 toilets in the house. The one in the basement I recently (about 6 months ago) replaced so that they are now all 3 the same (american standard low flow). It was working fine until about 10 ...
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Sudden leak from toilet after years of no problems

Large stains suddenly appeared on wall and ceiling below second story bath which is unused. No previous problems in 20 year old house, with upper bath being unused for approx last 7-8 years. Wife ...
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Dealing with a toilet that doesn't have an air vent

We have a powder room on the main floor with a toilet that has a sluggish flush. It's not clogged. While investigating the issue I discovered that neither the toilet nor sink in the powder room is ...
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Caulking around base of toilet

I just remodeled my bathroom by the master bedroom and the toilet needed to be shimmed since the tile around the flange was a bit higher than where the toilet bowl ends. After shimming there is a ...
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How to stop rats from walking in plastic sewage pipe and damaging it?

A rat has scratched open a big hole in a plastic sewage pipe near the toilet. After closing the hole with a metal plate and taping it with power tape, the rat has started scratching again. How to stop ...
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Toilet flange spacers and closet horn seal

This seems like a silly question but there's some toilet flange spacer kits that include rubber gaskets and I'm wondering if the top gasket needs to contact the toilet on the outside of the closet ...
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RV / Manufactured Home Toilets Adapter

Situation: I'd like to eventually upgrade my toilet from a cheap, manual flush (need to physically apply foot pressure) to an affordable one that has a "walk away" flushing mechanism. It doesn't ...
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Installing outlet near toilet

In the middle of a bathroom remodel and I have the walls gutted. I'm considering installing an outlet on the far side of the bathroom which will be near a toilet. There's an existing GFCI outlet ...
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How to access the stop control in a Sloan Royal

We have a Sloan Royal flushing mechanism and I would like to increase the amount of water it uses for each flush or make the flush last longer. The problem is that I don't know how to access the ...
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Yellow tub inside toilet tank is leaking

A few weeks ago my toilet started running continuously. When I open up the tank, I see that a yellow tub (not sure what it is) seems to be leaking and allowing water to run continuously: Full video ...
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How do I dismantle a Saniflo Compact to clean it?

I have a Saniflo Compact that has stopped flushing. The motor runs but no flush. I used Zep descaling solution first, and a whole bunch a junk came loose. Took the back of the inflow and outtake hoses ...
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my toilet water level goes down when my neighbor flushes her toilet

I live in a second floor condo unit. First floor is the parking garages. A couple of months ago I replaced the old toilet with a low volume, Toto toilet. Since then, every time my next door neighbor ...
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Water still circulating through toilet even after I shut off the water supply!

Full youtube video is here. Basically when I turn all the water off to my toilet, water is still leaking out of a yellow tub from inside the tank, and circulating through the toilet. I need to fix ...
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Slow filling toilet tank after new valve kit installation

I did a new installation of Fluidmaster (400ARHRK) on both fill valve and flush valve. Now the refill after flushing is much slower than before (took about 2 minutes). I read the post and reply of ...
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Toilet is not flushing properly

When I flush my toilet it does not flush with power. It's very weak. I'm constantly plunging it, and there are times when the bowl doesn't fill completely.
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Overtightened tank bolts and caused cracks. What are my options?

In my case, the tank is intact, but the bolt hole in the base cracked off. The bowl itself is fully intact and water-tight. This is the bolt that holds the tank down to the base, not the bolt that ...
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Question about picking best wax gasket for toilet (specifically Toto)

I have a question about replacing wax gasket on a toilet. I hope my question is not too simple as this site is advertised as "serious DIY".My toilet is a Toto Aquia model ST464M, but I would think ...
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Is this what a leaking toilet looks like?

The last couple of weeks I have noticed a stale urine smell in my washroom. I scrubbed the washroom top-to-bottom, but the smell persists :( Today I noticed that the grout at the "corners" of my ...
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Is there such a thing as Male and Female toilets?

HELP! (First, This question could be a Dementia issue.) This is about a 100+ yo house in San Francisco,CA. Gerty-The 96 yo. feisty woman who owns it is from the UK originally and has reverted to her ...
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Toilet leaking around tank bolts

After several adjustments, there is still water leakage around the bolts on the underside of the tank. Any thoughts?
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Is it okay to trim the toilet tank overflow pipe?

[EDIT 2016-09-28: It is a Kohler toilet, and the old fill valve is Kohler 81093-AA. I suspect it is the original valve. I've been in correspondence with Kohler. They asked for pictures of the toilet ...
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replacing toilet wax ring seal frequency

I just got a new home (used home). A handy guy I have that does work around the place told me that the wax seals under toilets need to be replaced periodically. I am looking around online about this ...
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Toilet leaking - is it the washer?

My toilet cistern is leaking water straight into the toilet, just as fast as the cistern is filling. I don't know all the terminology but the washer that forms a seal between the pipe that drains down,...
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Toilet Sounds like it is flushing but it is not

2 or 3 times a day, my toilet sounds like it is filling up - you hear what sounds like water running into the bowl and then a shut off noise but it is not flushing. I've taken the lid off and checked. ...
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Removal of toilet flange in bathroom remodel with subfloor replacement and tile installation

I had a leaking bottom seal for my first floor half bath toilet, buckling linoleum tiles. I took up the linoleum and 0.7 in composite board that sits on the primary subfloor. As part of this ...
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Does this flange seem like it needs replacing?

We just purchased a house that's about 30 years old. On the first floor a water mark developed on the ceiling, so I've been debugging the upstairs plumbing. My kids' bathroom toilet had some moisture ...
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Can a toilet fill valve be properly installed entirely under the water line?

Most instructions I've found online and in books say that a toilet fill valve will have a Critical Level marker on it indicating that the top of the overflow tube should be 1" below it. In one of my ...
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Toilet water valve tightened to OFF position but water keeps filling up tank

Last night at about 1am, I heard running water that sounded similar to a washing machine filling up with water. I ran into my bathroom and saw water overflowing from the toilet tank (not bowl). I ...
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What tools will help me remove an object from a toilet's siphon jet?

My toilet has discontinued Korky flapper, which is designed with a plastic ring that clips to the bottom of the flapper's air cavity. Today, this plastic ring separated and is now resting at the ...
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Small trickle into toilet bowl, flap and valve seem fine

I have a small trickle into a toilet bowl that I'm trying to stop as it's causing rust lines and wasting water. The flapper is relatively new and I ran my finger along the edge of the valve rim to ...
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What can replace this PVC toilet flange in iron pipe?

The old PVC flange appeared to be sealed to the iron pipe by a rubber coating, which is not something I've encountered (in my limited research). Will a simple push-tight toilet flange like this be ...
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Identifying manufacturer (brand) of toilet from a photograph [closed]

Can anyone identify the manufacturer of the toilet from the following photograph? It is the original toilet installed by KB Home in 2007. I am guessing it is made by American Standard. Is that ...
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My toilet cant flush what should I do?

Instead of actually flushing (or pushing) the water down the drain, it just fills with water and drains out over the course of a few minutes. Anything liquid will drain out but nothing else (not even ...
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Toilet tank will not refill after flush unless water valve is closed and reopened

After flushing the toilet won't refill. However if I turn off the water supply and turn it back on the toilet will refill immediately. What is the problem and how do I correct it?
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Toilet bowl fills and overflows but the tank won't fill

toilet bowl fills and will overflow while my tank wont fill up , what is the problem? is this a plugged up toilet? I tried the plugger it but not doing anything .. a couple of hrs later the bowl ...
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Toilet valve black rubber seal disintegrating

I have an older Gerber brand toilet. The black rubber seal that looks like a Mason jar lid is crumbling and turning into black goo when touched. Is it easy to replace this? What is the purpose of this ...
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Why does our toilet keep blocking and then slowly draining?

A few days ago our toilet got quite seriously blocked. We tried plunging, the mop and paper bag trick, flushing, bailing, washing up liquid, coat hanger, hot water....eventually about 12 hrs after it ...
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Why does the toilet keep running?

One of our two toilets keeps running (septic system); both toilets have black sediment (sand-like) in toilets and tanks and slightly gray water. The toilet closest to drain field keeps running (has 3-...
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setting toilet flange in concrete

i am trying to rough out a waste line for the toilet in concrete.. what I am not sure about is how do I get he pvc flange to sit straight and flush if I pitch the pipe 1/2 inch to the stack
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Toilet tank running into bowl

So our pump kept going off randomly as well as our tank running out of water. I put a couple of drops of food colouring in this toilet tank and sure enough the toilet bowl filled with colored water. ...
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Replace chrome toilet shut-off valve

My house was built in 1971. All the toilets have these supposedly chrome supply pipes coming out from the wall and then a bendable probably aluminum pipe going up to the toilet. No problem unless ...
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Extending horizontal urinal flush handle vertically

We have a urinal used by small young children where the handle is too high. We'd like to extend it lower so that it could be reached by them. My only thought is kind of ugly and hackish -- a couple ...
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Fixing a toilet deceptively complicated, where did I go wrong?

I have a toilet which was both running and leaking and I tried to fix it myself. I replaced the fill valve, the flush valve and the main gasket, all with items from Home Depot. Home Depot had one ...
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Toilet occasionally runs shortly after flushing

I have a Kohler canister valve toilet that is 3-4 years old. I used it this morning shortly before leaving for work. A few minutes after it finished flushing, I was back in the bathroom to finish ...
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Can a toilet be properly installed without a flange?

Someone put a toilet in for me, he used different bolts than came with the toilet because he said the bolts that came with the toilet wouldn't work. He said the floor was rotting but he needed to get ...
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Anchoring toilet flange into hollow space in floor?

I'm replacing a toilet and am using a Hydroseat rather than replacing the damaged flange. The problem that I've run into is one of the spots to anchor the Hydroseat down seems to be hollow below the ...
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How to fix toilet

When handle pushed to flushToilet bowl does not overflow but almost completely fill. Stays that way for long time but eventually drains to a very low level. I think it may have started with s ...