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Complete Guide to Toilet Maintenance

Did you know that the toilet is one of the most used appliances in a home? And because it’s so heavily used, it can often require some maintenance. 

In this guide, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about toilet maintenance, from cleaning it to troubleshooting common problems. So whether your toilet is constantly running or it’s clogged up and you don’t know what to do, read on for some helpful tips on fixing these common toilet issues!

What Do You Do if Your Toilet Keeps Running?

One of the most common and annoying problems is a toilet that keeps running. If your toilet won’t stop running, there are a few things you can try to fix it. 

  • First, check to see if the flapper needs to be replaced. The flapper is the rubber seal at the bottom of the tank that allows water to flow from the tank to the bowl. If it’s damaged or worn, it can cause the toilet to keep running. You can usually find a replacement flapper at your local hardware store.
  • If the flapper isn’t the problem, then you may need to adjust the float. The float is what tells the toilet when to stop filling up with water. If it’s set too high, the toilet will keep running. To adjust the float, simply turn the screw on the side of the tank until it’s at the correct level.

What Do You Do If Your Toilet Runs Randomly?

If your toilet runs randomly, it could be due to a problem with the fill valve. The fill valve is what controls the flow of water into the tank. If it’s not working properly, it can cause the toilet to start running unexpectedly.

To fix a faulty fill valve, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. You can find replacement fill valves at most hardware stores.

If the fill valve isn’t the problem, then the float could be set too low. As we mentioned before, the float tells the toilet when to stop filling up with water. If it’s set too low, the toilet will start running randomly. To adjust the float, simply turn the screw on the side of the tank until it’s at the correct level.

Can You Use Drano in a Toilet?

If your toilet is clogged and you’re wondering if you can use Drano to fix it, the answer is usually no. Drano is a powerful chemical that can damage your toilet and plumbing if used incorrectly. 

When you need to unclog your toilet, use a toilet plunger first. If that doesn’t work, then you can try using a plumber’s snake. This is a long, flexible tool that can help to dislodge the clog. If your usual toilet maintenance methods don’t work, then you can call a professional plumber to help clear the clog.

What Do You Do When There Is No Water In the Toilet Tank?

If there’s no water in your toilet tank, it could be because the fill valve is not working properly. The fill valve is responsible for filling the tank with water after it’s been flushed. If it’s not working, the tank will not fill up with water.

To fix a broken fill valve, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Once you’ve installed the new fill valve, open the shut-off valve to let water into the tank. Then, flush the toilet to see if it’s working properly.

What Do You Do If Your Toilet is Leaking?

If your toilet is leaking, it could be because of a faulty flapper or gasket. To fix this, you’ll need to replace the damaged part with a new one. You can find replacement flapper valves and gaskets at your local hardware store.

If the leak is coming from the base of the toilet, it could be because the wax ring needs to be replaced. The wax ring is a seal that goes between the toilet and the drain pipe. To replace it, you’ll need to remove the toilet and install a new wax ring. This is a job best left to a professional plumber.

What Does It Mean If Your Toilet Water Isn’t Refilling In the Bowl?

If your toilet water isn’t refilling in the bowl after you flush, it could be because the fill valve is set too low. To fix this, simply turn the screw on the side of the tank until it’s at the correct level.

Another possibility is that there’s a blockage in the fill valve. If this is the case, you’ll need to remove the fill valve and clean it out. Once you’ve done this, reattach the fill valve and turn on the water.

What Is the Best Way to Clean a Toilet?

The best way to clean a toilet is to use a toilet brush and toilet cleaner. First, squirt some toilet cleaner around the inside of the bowl. Then, use the toilet brush to scrub the bowl clean. Be sure to reach under the rim and into all the nooks and crannies. For optimal toilet maintenance, make sure to clean your toilet at least once a week. 

For stubborn stains, you can let the toilet cleaner sit on the stain for a few minutes before scrubbing. You can also use a pumice stone to remove stubborn stains. Just be sure not to scratch the bowl with it!

How Do You Get Rings or Stains Out of the Toilet?

If your toilet has ring stains, it’s usually because of hard water. Hard water is water that contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals can build up over time and cause staining, requiring extra toilet maintenance.

To remove hard water stains, you can use a toilet brush and a toilet cleaner that’s specifically designed to remove stains. Apply the cleaner to the stained areas and scrub with the toilet brush. Flush the toilet to rinse away the cleaner and stains. Repeat this process until the stains are gone.

You can also try using vinegar or lemon juice to remove hard water stains. Simply apply either one of these to the stained areas and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub with a toilet brush and flush the toilet to rinse away the cleaner and stains.

Cornel’s Plumbing Can Help! 

Proper toilet maintenance is important to keep your toilet in good working condition. By following these tips, you can keep your toilet clean and running smoothly for years to come!

If you have any questions about toilet maintenance, or if you need help fixing a problem, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber at Cornel’s Plumbing. They’ll be able to help you get your toilet back in working order in no time!