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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Bubble of air out of toilet when flushed

When I flush the toilet in the basement there is a big air bubble that comes up the toilet and it then drains slow; if anything else is running it almost overflows. The basement toilet was working ...
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Is it normal for there to be a small gap between toilet tank and wall?

We recently replaced the toilet in our bathroom and I'm noticing a gap between the tank and the wall. Example: Is this normal? Our last toilet tank was flush against the wall. My concern is that ...
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Replaced toilet valve & tube, turning water back on rumbles

I replaced all the parts in my toilet, and now when I go to turn my water back on (not the main valve, but the toilet valve) the pipeline starts to rumble/shake a lot about halfway on. I then turn it ...
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How can I connect a CPVC pipe to a chrome fitting for a toilet?

So I ran some CPVC pipe to a new toilet. I'm curious about the last hook up to the toilet. I got a threaded female chrome to thread on a male cpvc fitting, but it seems like the threads won't fit ...
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Trying to replace a toilet's water supply line

I'm investigating replacing my toilet's water supply line/the possibility of installing a bidet. This is what my current supply line looks like From what I can tell, there's no easy way to replace ...
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Toilet cistern besides the toilet

I am wondering if it is possible to install a built in cistern next to the toilet. Please see the image attached - the idea is to have a cistern in the short dividing wall next to the toilet bowl. ...
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Are bumps on the inside of a cast iron drain pipe a sign of a problem?

I'm replacing a toilet's wax ring in my 1960 US home. With the toilet removed, I noticed ugly-looking bumps on the inside of the cast iron drain pipe: Here's a closer, more tasty look: Aside from ...
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Best style of toilet when there's a long run to the drain line

Is there a style of toilet that does better when there is a long (mostly horizontal) run from the toilet to the vertical drain line? It seems to clog every few months (I think there might be a corner ...
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What's going on with my running toilet?

I have two toilets on my second floor. One will run occasionally after it is flushed until the second toilet is flushed. When the second toilet is flushed, the first stops running as soon as the valve ...
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Why does my toilet fill and slowly drain after showers?

After a shower the toilet floods and slowly drains during this process the tub gurgles. Could this be the Tom's waxed doughnut or the vent up through the attic/roof? Thank you for your time and ...
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Replacing toilet tank gasket

One of the toilet tanks in my house is leaking water slowly into the toilet bowl. A pic of the inside of the tank is attached. I believe a gasket is the culprit (the pink gasket pointed to by the red ...
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How do I waterproof old hardwood floors in my bathroom?

My wife and I have a home built in 1912. We love the house and its character, but sometimes it presents a challenge to the way modernity was retrofitted. In this case, I have a bathroom with a wood ...
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Toilet drainage leak

We have a problem with our toilet. When we flush it, water rises in the bowl, then slowly leaks away through the drain onto the floor. I took a video of the problem to possibly send to a plumber. ...
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Toilet tank dripping water condensation [duplicate]

I have a toilet which has water condensing on the outside of the tank and then dripping down onto the floor. No, the tank is definitely not leaking. This is weather related, as this always happens ...
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toilet doesn't flush even after 2 plumber visits, to snake the sewer and also use a toilet auger

plumber said that stuff builds up in the actual toilet that blocks it. He used the auger and it flushed. Two uses later, it did the same thing- fill up and very very slowly drain, rather than the ...
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Why does my toilet pause and bubble when flushed?

The water in my toilet goes down pretty fast, but in an abnormal kind of way. It's hard to describe it in words. Instead of immediately rushing down the water waits a second and then goes down and ...
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Toilet weak flush. The water in the bowl swirls, but it didn't flush stuff into the pipe

Updated on 07/Dec More pictures and I kind of knowing why. The last picture is when it's flushing. I found the water only comes out from the top of the rim, and there's no water comes out from the ...
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Why is it unwise to use a Drain King to unclog a toilet?

On its website, Consumer Reports has posted a review and comparison of drain-cleaning products (PDF). The article is about ten years old, but it's free even for non-subscribers. Out of all the ...
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Repair sealing inside toilet tank that leads to bowl

I have a Kohler Santa Rosa toilet circa 2013. Water only fills the tank about 20% of the way - to the bottom of the center tube. I lifted up the center tube and noticed a red, possibly rubber, ring ...
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Will a toilet flange bolt cause a problem if dropped into the drain pipe?

I dropped one of the toilet bolts in the drain hole. It's in the basement and set in concrete. I tried to vacuum it out but couldn't. How serious is this, will it get flushed down or do I need to ...
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What is this toilet flush mechanism called?

I need to replace the flush handle on this toilet, but I don't know what the mechanism is called, and I couldn't find a handle that fit it at Home Depot. What is it called, and/or where can I find a ...
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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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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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What could cause staining in a toilet bowl?

I have one toilet that works fine, but the bottom of the bowl looks like those you see in gasoline station restrooms. I can scrub it with a toilet brush and a dose of bleach and most of it clears up, ...
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Consumer unit (electrical panel) in cloakroom allowed?

Is it OK to have a consumer unit in a downstairs cloakroom off the main entry? The unit is between basin and toilet, at head level, 50-100cm horizontal distance from the basin. This is how the house ...
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How can I extend an offset toilet flange when tiling?

I am about to tile a bathroom floor. I was dry-fitting some concrete board when I realized I don't know how the toilet will reconnect once the floor is higher. The old floor was a thin layer of vinyl ...
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Help my toilet doesn't Flush completely the first time or second time

Please tell me what steps to take to get my toilet to flush completely the first time.
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Toilet water tank sometimes takes hours to fill and sometimes it fill up right away

As stated above, sometimes the tank takes hours to fill and other it fills up in a minute or less. This has been happening now for weeks and I had no changes made recently, it started all of a sudden. ...
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Is a yellow toilet seat normal?

I moved into an apartment, and found the toilet seat is yellow, which I didn't notice before moving in. The landlord said the toilet seat turned yellow because of the sunshine, and had been cleaned. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Plumbing issue throughout house - gurgling coming from shower, bubbling in toilet, standing water in drain of shower

Update below: Main line snaked For reference, images of the drain. I'm going through the whole story in case any details might make a difference in prognosis. If you aren't interested in the ...
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Does the Plywood Around the Toilet Flange Need to be Replaced?

How do I tell if the plywood around this toilet flange needs to be replaced? As you can see in the lovely pic below, the wood is discolored. (The house is 50 yrs. old.) But, if I tap it with a ...
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How to build a toilet under the sewer level?

I have an old garage that I am recovering. Among other fixes I want to build a toilet. The issue here is that it's under the sewer level. Is it still possible to build it? What do I need?
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Toilet bubbles and gurgles after capping vent stack

We had a bad wax ring on the toilet so we replaced that, then we decided to replace the toilet with a newer model. Now the toilet doesn't flush right--sometimes we have to flush it a couples of times ...
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How can I remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe?

Having an issue trying to remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe. I tried cutting and chiseling it away. It must have been cemented with a primer and cement. Are there any other (simple) ...
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What would cause a toilet tank to intermittently leak into the bowl only when half-full or more, even after a flush valve replacement?

Well I'm at my wits end. The toilet's been running for weeks and I've yet to catch it. I first replaced the flapper, it still leaked. Then I replaced the flush assembly, it still leaks. Now at this ...
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Toilet tank - orange stuff

My toilet tank has orange a lot of orange stuff in the bottom. I tried flushing it over & over, but the orange stuff doesn't come out. What should I do?
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I have a cottage that until recently was on piers. The plumbing lines are at the base of the cottage as there never was a basement. The cottage was built in 1905. They are in the home stretch of ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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Why does my toilet still leak after replacing the wax ring?

I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?
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Toilet straight water supply line stuck

The water supply line is stuck and the nut is removed. It turns with some force but won't detach from the bottom of the tank
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What do I do about re-seating this old flange?

Not a big DIY'er historically, getting into it..anyways, figured replacing this toilet would be straightforward but my house is from the 1950's...anyways, removed the toilet to find the following...in ...

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