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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Should I put caulk/silicone at base of toilet on hardwood floors?

When installing a toilet in a bathroom with hardwood floors, should I put a bead of silicone or caulk around the base to finish things up? Is this necessary, or is it merely aesthetics? I have heard ...
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Why is it bad to flush baby wipes?

I've always heard that you shouldn't flush baby wipes because They don't dissolve in your septic system They can clog old pipes. I currently live in a modern, multi-story apartment building. There ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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Can I replace a toilet tank, only? what do I need to know regarding tank size to match to existing bowl?

I have to replace a toilet tank that has cracked down the entire side. What dimensions, and capacities to I need to know when finding a tank to fit the existing bowl?
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How do I repair a leaking toilet tank?

I replaced the flapper in my ceramic toilet tank and the leak from the tank into the bowl slowed, but it still leaks. What is the next step I should take to get rid of this leak?
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Why does my toilet keeps blocking and then spill out of the drain outside?

Recently out toilet has started to repeatedly block. First thing we tried was the warm water method, which worked at first. When that stopped working, and problem came back, we used caustic soda. ...
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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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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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Stink in Washroom - Possibilities?

I had a previous question about my toilet leaking in my washroom. For some strange reason, the washroom has a strong, persistent stink despite everything we do to remove it. What are the possibilities ...
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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...
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Huge Bubble When Toilet Flushes, Why?

When I flush the newest toilet in my house there is a massive bubble that comes out of the toilet bowl. The toilet flushes incredibly slowly. The bubble does not come from the drain, but from the ...
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What is a quick and temporary fix for a cracked toilet waste pipe?

Somehow the porcelain waste pipe of the toilet has cracked and has started leaking. We're about to replace the whole bathroom so I just need a quick fix. Will wrapping the crack in duck tape work?
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Should I replace my toilet's wax ring when I see moisture around the base?

I am noticing moisture around the bottom of the toilet, and can tell some moisture is staining the wood floor when viewed from the basement. The bolts holding the toilet are easily tightened. Will ...
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Why mix cooking oil with epoxy to repair a toilet drain pipe?

Today we called a plumber to repair a leak in the seal of a toilet drain pipe. He used metal-filled epoxy putty to seal up the area around the leaking joint, as actually disassembling the joint looks ...
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Is the toilet bowl's coating the secret to a clean flush?

Note: I am in Australia, which has very different toilet systems to the USA, which is why this similar question was no help to me. I have two bathrooms, which are both being renovated, and I will be ...
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Is my toilet flange too high off the ground?

Recently had my floors redone in a bathroom and the toilet flange seems to be a little high off the new tile floor. What are my options?
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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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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Precautions necessary when removing toilet and sink for extended period of time?

I'm in the process of remodeling one of the bathrooms. The remodel includes removing tile from walls, installing a new shower, toilet and sink, refinishing the walls, new linoleum, etc. I would like ...
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How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?

I have a leaky tank problem with my upstairs toilet. can I turn the water supply to the toilet? If so, how do I turn off the toilet water supply?
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How do I secure a toilet bowl to a tile floor?

The bathroom in my house was redone right before I moved in. After moving in, I noticed the toilet is loose. It seems to only stay in place due to it's sheer weight, and it has quite a lot of jostle ...
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Are these small bubbles on the base of the toilet tank normal?

I just replaced the fill valve and flapper in my toilet. Everything looks fine but after a while I see that there are bubbles that accumulate around the flapper and the rubber washers in the toilet ...
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What could cause a toilet to leave the flapper up and keep running?

I have an American Standard toilet I installed last year. I don't know much about plumbing, but I was able to install this toilet. It seems to function okay, except for what I think is a mechanical ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work?

I recently saw a plumbing setup where a 2" pipe was run from a bend in the 4" toilet return. The 2" pipe bent upwards to meet the floor next to the toilet, where it was capped off with a removable ...
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Should I be concerned if the toilet water level drops after a flush?

After flushing, the water level in the bowl drops a bit. It takes about 30 seconds and loses between one and two inches. It starts dropping fairly fast, then slows, then stops, and then the level ...
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Why is my toilet humming?

After one of my toilets is flushed, and it fills the bowl back up, I sometimes get a loud thrumming/humming noise. It is the flusher stacky thingy making the noise. I turned down the volume of ...
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How to fix a leaky flapper valve?

I bought a house that had been sitting for some time. One of the the issues that I've discovered is that the flapper valve leaks. I've come to this conclusion by turning off the water to the tank ...
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What could be causing the filler tube of a toilet to be leaking/bubbling?

I'm trying to fix a leaking toilet, and I can't seem to find a guide for the problem I have. Most of them are for fixing a leaky flapper or fill valve. When I flush the toilet, the tank fills ...
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Toilet flange conundrum

We are remodelling our bathroom and installing a new toilet. When we took the existing toilet off, we found the cast iron flange was broken, brittle and in need of replacing. We could maybe get away ...
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How can I fix a toilet that flushes incompletely?

The toilet in one of our bathrooms routinely flushes incompletely. It does not clog or back up, but it takes several fill/flush cycles to get all the "material" to go down. It just seems to be weak ...
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Any difference for a pressure-assisted toilet?

Can a gravity flush toilet be swapped out for a pressure-assisted toilet? Are there any differences in plumbing, mounting, etc.?
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What should I do about an overflowing septic system?

I noticed a small puddle in the backyard that remained even when it's dry out, and recently realized that it's probably the septic system overflowing. The tank was pumped 2 years ago and I don't think ...
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Repairing Damaged Toilet Flange

I've bought an old house, and I've decided to fix a rocking toilet. I found two flange repair kits stacked on top of the original broken toilet flange. When sawing the flange to remove it, I found ...
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Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?

I have a pretty new dual-flush toilet whose fill valve suddenly started leaking for no reason. A picture of the toilet is below: Basically, the toilet flushes normally once the button is pressed. ...
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...
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How can I open an older type Gustavsberg cistern toilet?

Can anybody advise how to open this type cistern...? I tried to loosen nut on top but did not want to force it. Thanks
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Why are all the toilets in my house running intermittently?

All of my toilets in the house have started to run intermittently. Is there something wrong with the plumbing or could it be that the flapper has gone bad on all the toilets at the same time?
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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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Remove tiles (and plywood underneath) around toilet without removing toilet

Is it possible to remove tiles and plywood from a bathroom floor around the toilet without removing it? If so, how? The floor is ceramic tiles over plywood over floorboards, in a 1st floor (one floor ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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Are these toilet bolts installed properly?

I had my bathroom renovated and had a new toilet installed. I noticed the white caps on the toilet screws were not secure---- looked like the contractor tried to secure them with some sort of caulking....
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Is it safe to flush expired food down the toilet?

Let's not discuss the economics of this - the fact is that it sometimes does happen. I don't think food is physically that different from "poop" (especially certain types of it)
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What should I do about my toilet flapper sticking open?

The flapper valve in the toilet in my apartment was recently replaced, since it had a small leak. The new one has a perfectly good seal, but sometimes just gets stuck open. It looks like it's just ...
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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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Can a toilet on concrete slab be moved about 4 1/2 inches?

My toilet is situated such that it doesn't allow much room to get in and out of the shower. I'd like to move it back to the wall as close as possible, to allow more space. The toilet is on concrete ...
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How can I fix a toilet that is backing up with sink water?

I need help. I would like to avoid calling a plumber. The toilet in our downstairs bathroom keeps backing up. Here is what I have tried and/or observed: I tried using a good plunger. I cannot even ...
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Water level gets lower and lower in toilet

The water level in the bowl of our toilet has slowly and steadily gotten lower over the last year or so. I replaced the flapper last year, could changing anything in the tank affect this? Or would ...

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