How To Take Care Of Some Common Toilet Problems

Oh, boy! Nothing is more embarrassing than finding yourself standing in the middle of your bathroom with toilet water quickly creeping up your shoes. This might leave you frantically wondering how to take care of this on your own so no one else must be a witness to the mess that you caused. For the reasons mentioned here, and many others, learning some simple plumbing and toilet repair tips can help you take care of those embarrassing situations yourself.

Stop an overflowing toilet

As soon as you see water reaching the brim of the toilet and know you have a major problem happening, turn the water off to the toilet. If you can't figure out where to turn the water off, then you want to quickly remove the top of the toilet tank and set it somewhere gently (it can break if dropped). Reach in the tank and pull up on the float wire. Hold it up until you find something to prop it up, such as a coat hanger you can slide under it, and then find a plunger. If you continue having issues, call a plumber because you likely have a clog deep down in the system that they will need to find and fix for you.

Free up a stubborn clog

If you have a stubborn clog your plunger isn't able to get rid of, then there are a couple of things you can try. The first thing you can try is to take a bucket full of extremely hot water and slowly pour it directly into the toilet—not too fast or the toilet may overflow on you. If this doesn't work, then you can put a small amount of liquid dish soap into the bowl. Let it sit awhile and plunge it again. If neither of these things work, then you need to call a plumber.

Stop your toilet from flushing on your own

If your toilet is flushing itself, don't worry—it's not a ghost using your bathroom. The problem is more than likely caused by a flapper that needs to be replaced. You can do this on your own by draining the toilet bowl and tank and replace your current flapper with a new one. If this doesn't take care of the problem or if you don't feel like taking this job on yourself, then call out a plumber to take care of the issue.