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Hiring a plumber to fix simple toilet problems can be costly without you knowing it. If you want to save money and you don’t mind getting dirty, you can learn about DIY bathroom plumbing repairs. In this article, you’ll know more about how to repair flushing problems and a leaky toilet tank.
Repairing Toilet Flush
The materials you’ll need are 1) a closet auger, 2) mirror, 3) wire, and 4) screwdriver.
The first thing to do is turn on the water supply’s shutoff valve in full blast. The shutoff valve is usually located at the lower left part of the toilet tank.
Secondly, clear the trap by pushing a closet auger into the opening until you feel some resistance in the other end. Turn the auger clockwise to screw into the blockage and carefully pull it out.
Next, examine the underside of the toilet bow’s rim by using a mirror. Clean the holes using a wire.
Fourth, make sure that there’s adequate water in the tank. Flush the toilet to test if there are still clogged holes and if the flush from the trap is working. When everything’s working fine, regulate the water supply by turning the water supply’s shutoff valve to your desired amount of water supply.
Repairing a Leaky Toilet Tank
The materials you’ll need are 1) pliers or adjustable wrench, 2) replacement parts, 3) towel or sponge.
The first thing to do is turn off the water supply shutoff valve. Afterwards, take the toilet tank lid off. Flush the toilet to get rid of the water in the tank. Since you turned off the water supply, the tank won’t refill.
Next, soak up the remaining water in the tank by using a towel or sponge. Make sure that the tank is almost dry so that when you do the next step, there won’t be any spillage.
Once the tank is empty of water, go back to the area of the water supply shutoff valve. Reach to where the pipe and the bottom of the tank meet. Disconnect the supply tube from the toilet tank. You’ll notice that there’s a rubber gasket there. Remove it so that you can inspect the tube the gasket is attached to.
Remove the water supply tube that’s inside the tank. Examine the tube and tank for damaged or dried out gaskets.
Reinstall the water supply tube and attach the new gasket under the tank. Afterwards, reattach the water supply pipe with the shutoff valve. Lastly, turn on the water supply and fill the toilet tank with water. Flush the toilet to test if everything works. Put the cover of the tank back on and you’re done.
Successfully accomplishing DIY bathroom plumbing repairs can be rewarding, but don’t get carried away. Always remember that, when doing simple plumbing repairs, it’s important to protect your hands from germs by using rubber gloves. If you’re worried about accidents, like something from the toilet bowl spills onto you, just make sure you’re not wearing your favorite shirt. Wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished with repairs.
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