Every now and then, we hear a flushing sound coming from our bathrooms, when in fact, no one's used the toilet! I'm sure I don't need an exorcist. Any idea what could be causing this? These are almost new Kohler units in a 23-year old home. The curious thing is that although it sounds like a toilet being flushed, I've never seen the bowl get full and then flushed. Get usually only a trickle of water.
You either have a bad flapper which allows a bit of water to seep out until the toilet wants to refill...or your fill hose is stuck down in the fill tube causing a siphon effect with similar results. You can change the flapper for bout $3 or pull the fill hose up above the fill tube free.
Toilet won't flush properly
To flush my toilet I have to hold down the handle as the plug closes to quickly over the valve. I have adjusted the slack many times and this does not seem to be the problem. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
You may want to get buy a whole new set of innards and replace the whole thing as you may also have a loose link in the chain. New innards do not cost a lot and if the rubber stopper if older it may be leaking as well. Never hurts to have new innards.
Flushing toilet "burps" up
I recently replaced a leaky toilet with an American Standard "Antiquity" model. This one has a new problem. During a flush, large air bubbles burst up from below, sometimes sending water up above the rim and out of the bowl. Is this due to a mistake in the installation or a flaw in the model?
Sounds like a partially blocked sewer line. You sure you did not drop something down there when changing the WC?
Actually, I did it myself...my first attempt at such a large home-maintenance project. I sincerely doubt that I left anything in the drainpipe, so I'm wondering if there might be another possible cause for what's going on. I will pull the unit out just to be sure, but what if there's nothing down there? Could it be something else?
You may have misdiagnosed the problem to begin with. You said the old unit was leaking. Could have been the result of a sewer line clog and a bad wax ring. Now that the wax ring is fixed, the clog has no where to go but up through the bowl. You may also have a semi or blocked vent stack through the roof. No air in, no poop down...
Flushed toilet echoes
I recently purchased a condominium and I noticed lately that when my neighbor flushes their toilet, it sounds as if I just flushed mine. I had this happen in apartment buildings too. What is the care of this and is it a major plumbing problem?
I would imagine it's because at some point, everyone's lines tie into one main sewer line and you get the echo. Here's an analogy: If you were in a house with hot water heat, and tapped on the main supply line at your furnace, you would hear that tapping at all the radiators, anywhere in the house. Everything is tied in together. It would be monetarily impractical to have totally separate lines.
How to get something out of a toilet
I know, I know...silly me ...I dropped a pair of nail trimming scissors in the toilet, of course while it was flushing, and they disappeared. Since the toilet is periodically stopping up, I'm assuming the scissors did not continue on and are stuck in the middle somewhere. Is it possible to get them out? Any help would be appreciated, once the laughter stops.You can try reaching up inside but I think, if it is stuck in there beyond where you can get your hand, you may have to take the toilet up and reach from the other side. You can try a snake, even, to get it to move on through. If you do need to remove the toilet, you will need ot drain the tank and the bowl and unscrew it from the floor. Probably replace the wax seal when you are replacing the toilet.
I think my cat knocked a small plastic cup into our toilet, approx. one and a half by one and a half inches. The toilet will fill to the top when flushed and then drain slowly. Are there any suggestions other than calling a plumber?
Something that small wouldn't plug the pipes below, I don't believe. So, if you don't want to call a plumber, get the rubber gloves out. Shut the water off to the toilet, flush it then get all the water you can out of both the tank and the bowl. Remove the hose or line from the bottom of the tank. Take the screws out or caps off the lags that hold it to the floor. Put a couple towels on the floor in front of the toilet and tip it over. Chances are that little devil is up inside the toilet in one of the bends in the trap. You may not see it, and will have to probe with something that is semi-stiff but flexible ,(still have an old metal coat hanger around?) It might be better to remove the tank completely before you tip it over. It would make it lighter; in addition, you won't be taking the chance of breaking the tank. This way you can lay the bowl upside down on the floor and maybe you will get lucky and the offending article will fall out on its own. If you take it completely apart, you will need a new gasket for where the tank mounts to the bowl, and a new wax ring for the bowl. That's the nasty looking stuff you see stuck to either the bowl or the floor after removing the toilet. Clean both areas good, install the new ring to the bottom of the toilet, center it on the pipe and give it a good, firm push down to seat it, then put your screws back in. Hey, before you try all this, take that handy coat hanger, put a little hook in the end and try probing down into the toilet. Maybe you will get lucky.
Basement Toilets Looking for best way to install toilet into slab floor of basement.main drain line to outside approx. 2 feet from proposed site. I assume the drainline to outside (sewer or septic) is above the toilet as in most basements. They sell (in Home Depot, etc.) a base unit you mount the toilet on that has a tank and pump so that no cutting into the slab is necessary. It sells for under $600. The pumbing can be piped right out of there to your drain line. (A maker of this unit is Bur-Cam Pumps Inc. ((514) 337-4415)
How do I vent the basement bathroom when there is no existing vent lines?
You should have some sort of venting stack. IF not, but you should, you can do a cheater vent if your city by-laws allow. This is a direct vent to the outside wall then up the wall about 3'. You may want to visit your local library or city hall for what is allowed in your area.
The Toilet always sweats, What can I do? It is caused by COLD water filling the tank and humid air in the bathroom. The methods usually employed to correct this, is insulating the inside of the tank. They sell kits for this, and it works fairly well. (by the way, those tank covers you put on the outside help somewhat). OR You can get a mixing valve. You put this on the cold water supply. It adds just enough hot water to the cold to warm it up. If the tank is filled with water at room temperature it won't sweat.
FlangeBroken toilet flange repair/replacement The waste flange that my toilet mounts to has a cracked flange face, I went to the home supply store. They Recommended a metal ring that some how mounts to the top of pvc flange. I think that it gets turned and screwed into the pvc flange in relationship to the mounting slots. Any info on fixing this would be great! The metal ring does mount right on top of the old flange. You screw it into the floor with the toilet mounting bolts in the slots so that they can be aligned to the bowl's mounting holes. Just place the bolts in pointing up, and place it right on top of the old flange. I think then you should see how it mounts and is simply screwed into the floor through the outside screw holes.
Toilet Seat Bumpers
I have restained and varnished an oak toilet seat and want to obtain replacement bumpers. I want the ones made of rubber rather than the cheap plastic ones and they need to be brown. All the local stores carry only the white ones. Is there a mail order Co. that would carry this kind of thing. The Renovators Supply catalog lists them but the listing doesn't indicate either material or color.
Here's a thought. Instead of looking all over creation for the brown ones, why don't you buy a set or two of the white ones and try coloring them by staining or dying. Let them soak for a few days and see what happens.
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