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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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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All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line

I have 4 toilets, and all of them appear to flush slowly. They are older toilets (huge tanks), so there is definitely plenty of water going in (the bowl itself almost fills with water). It swirls ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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My toilet backed up with no water

I live in an old condo apartment. My toilet just backed up. It backed up several times before and I managed to unclog it every time, but it's nothing like I've seen before this time because I don't ...
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Is there anything wrong with leaving toilet tank below waterline?

In troubleshooting a problem with recurring flushing (turned out to be a worn out flapper) I lowered the tank water level to about an inch below what the manufacturer marked as the waterline. Flushing ...
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What could be causing my toilet to back up?

I live in a mobile home and my guest toilet continues to back up. When you flush it the water level will rise to the bowl rim and slowly go back to normal. I have taken the toilet off of the floor and ...
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How do I replace a flange installed with primer?

I had a leaky toilet and had to replace the subflooring in the bathroom. The flange is also rusty and a little warped and must be replaced. I've seen plenty of videos telling me to score the flange ...
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Bidet sprayer install and toilet leak at supply line

I bought a bidet sprayer handheld to install on one of my toilets. I followed all the steps given and it is leaking where the water supply line and T adapter connect. I tried to remove the bidet and ...
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Can I install a bidet seat/washlet without a tank?

I'm interested in adding a washlet to my toilet seat (like this one for example https://www.brondell.com/swash-300-bidet-toilet-seat/) but I'm not sure if I can do so given that my toilet doesn't have ...
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toliet backing up after roter rooter and replaced toliet

Toilet started backing up. Called roter rooter. Unclogged but they suggested it was the toilet (old) Replaced with new toilet however after my husband used toilet it backed up and wouldn't flush
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Bathroom Toilet + Shower Venting Fitting Question

Is this acceptable layout and appropriate fittings to use for the bathroom toilet on the left and shower on the right? Or would you replace any fitting and rearrange layout?
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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Flow through the fill tube when there is high water draw from some other water user

One of the 4 toilets in the house runs water through the fill tube even though it has not been flushed. This happens when a large flow of water from another water user such as filling the washing ...
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My basement toilet and shower will not drain after it rains

I just had a bathroom put in my basement. It's been working fine but yesterday we had a lot of rain and now the toilet won't flush and the shower will not drain. It is a septic system and the other ...
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Can a clogged toilet drain cause a tank overflow?

This is less of a "how do I" question and more of a general knowledge check. Recently I've been having trouble with an overflowing toilet. Fortunately for me (in this situation), I'm a tenant and ...
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Fluidmaster 400A fill valve: very slow toilet tank fill

I installed a Fluidmaster 400A almost 10 years ago. There is excellent water flow into the overflow pipe, but the tank is taking longer and longer to fill after flushing--now almost 4 minutes. Much ...
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dark brown stains in the bottom of a toilet

a rental toilet has a dark clay looking stain in the bottom of a toilet that the renter was unable to remove. At first I thought it was very hard water, however, there was no evidence of stains in a ...
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Zeno's Toilet: Toilet fill valve cranky about shutoff

I have a toilet with a relatively new, conventional, fill system. Float goes up, valve shuts of. Except when it doesn't, and keeps dribbling a little water into the tank until I pull off the lid and ...
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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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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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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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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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Replace Toilet Water Supply Line

I'd like to replace this old toilet copper supply line with a more flexible braided supply line. The problem is that I can't find one with the right connection to the water supply valve. Current (...
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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
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One of our toilets refills VERY slowly - takes 15-20 minutes after flushing.

Note: Like another user's query, our bowl fills okay, but the tank refills very slowly - takes 15-20 minutes. We can't detect any leaks. I've adjusted the water valve. I've put a brick in the tank to ...
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Toilet paper clogging the toilet

We have quite an old toilet in our house and every time toilet paper is flushed down it completely clogs, it can be a little or a lot of toilet paper. It doesn't do this with anything else, just ...
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Dripping toilet with vertical plunger

My toilet drips and I have no idea what to do about it. It's a vertical style plunger with a button on top (not a handle) with 2 flushes. I can stop it constantly filling by using a pen to raise the ...
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How to fix a threaded toilet shutoff valve?

This valve is leaking from the area shown. I tried unscrewing the valve but it wouldn't budge. The pipe it's connected to is 60 years old, so I need to be gentle. What's the safest way to take it off?...
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How can I fix a Groaning/bubbling toilet?

Our toilet "groans" when flushed- it makes a loud noise that does not appear to be correlated with anything I can see. Also, it randomly bubbles and leaves black pulpy residue inside the bowl. Is ...
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Will a Toto Eco-Drake toilet with a 12“ rough-in fit my 10.75” rough-in?

My bathroom has a 10 3/4" rough-in and the currently-installed toilet needs to be replaced. Some research has let me to learn that the Toto Eco-Drake line of toilets that specify 12" rough-ins can be ...
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Toilets not refilling after replacing main water line outside

We had to replace a section of the main water line where a tree root had caused a leak. After turning the water back on we had air and a little bit of dirt in the lines. After a little sputtering the ...
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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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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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Is my toilet refill issue more likely a problem with the fill valve or supply pipe?

This question may be a duplicate of Toilet Supply Line and Valve Leaking, but I have some different symptoms/troubleshooting steps, and the answer supplied for that question doesn't quite fit (though ...
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How do i remove mineral deposits from a toilet's rim jets? [duplicate]

I have an old toilet, and the mineral scale inside (INSIDE inside) the rim is slowing the flush speed. I reckon I need to temporarily block up the holes somehow, dump a solution in the flapper, and ...
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Problem with toilet fill valve

My toilet has started acting funny lately and I am not 100% the cause. Basically after flushing water does not come back in through the fill valve. You can hear the water running but it is not going ...
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Can you do a dual flush conversion on a pull chain toilet?

I am in the process of purchasing a new house that has a pull chain toilet. It is well water with city sewage. I really like the overhead tank pull chain style toilets as I had on in my house as a kid....
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I'm having trouble fixing a mysterious toilet leak

I have a Caroma (Australia) eco-style toilet. There is a recurring leak around the base but ONLY when the water supply main valve is turned on. The toilet can have water in the bowl, and water in the ...
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Fix hairline crack on toilet tank

I am proud I managed to put a new flushing kit into older toilet tank, removed tank and hand hacksawed off a rusted bolt and put everything back together . . . Husband was a great assistant. NOW . . . ...
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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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Toilet Refuses to Flush

Earlier this month, we starting having problems with our sewer line; it began with the downstairs toilet flushing very slowly, then not flushing at all, then backing up when the upstairs was flushed. ...
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Toilet won’t flush and found this floating in the cistern

Toilet won’t flush when using the handle. It’s like there is air in the mechanism which doesn’t allow it to fill. Found this floating in the cistern. The whole cistern fills up fully but when you ...
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Are bends allowed in a toilet drain above the 4x3 reducer?

I am finishing my basement, which was roughed in by the builder, but I need to move the toilet, since I lost 8" of wall framing in front of the main sewer line, the vanity would be stupidly narrow, to ...
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Can a toilet vent be upstream?

I am relocating the bathroom door and the toilet vent is right in the middle of the new opening. I want to put the vent in the wall behind the toilet which will be upstream of the toilet. Will this ...
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Leak with Drywall and Wood Framing

I've got, potentially, a silly question. We're having some work done in our basement, including the addition of a bathroom. The guys working here were working on the main to install the up-flush ...
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How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet

My toilet seat is broken, so I've had to find a replacement. As it turns out, I need to get inside the bowl to fasten the screws that keep the seat steady. I also need to get inside there to get the ...
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How can I fix this leak behind my toilet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I fix this leak? There's a leak in the tube behind my toilet. (see the drops of water coming out of the joint ?) What would be the easiest way to fix that ?
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Toilet too close to wall

I have a toilet that is too close to the sidewall. It is a slab foundation. What are my options for fixing this without ripping up the floor? I thought orginally an offset toilet flange but I need ...
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Temporarily prevent a full toilet bowl from draining

I want to fill the toilet bowl with water as high as I can and let the water sit without draining for up to 24 hours. Why? To let some (gentle) cleansers do their work. I've tried shutting off the ...
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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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