When the toilet flushing mechanism isn’t working properly, it can be a huge inconvenience and cause an unsightly mess. Fortunately, most problems with a flush valve are relatively easy to fix. The following are four steps that experts implement to fix a toilet flushing mechanism.
1. Assess the Situation
Before attempting to fix the flushing mechanism, the plumber will diagnose the problem. This diagnostic process includes checking that the water supply is turned off at the shut-off valve near the base of the toilet. If the water is turned off, the plumber will then turn it on and wait 30 minutes for pressure to build back into the system before testing the flush again.
2. Adjust the Water Level
The toilet water level may need adjustment either because water isn’t flowing properly or because too much water enters the tank after flushing. To adjust the water level, the plumber will find and adjust the small float ball attached to an arm inside your tank by moving it up or down until your desired water level is reached.
3. Clean Out Tank
A clogged or dirty valve can prevent proper flushing. To clean the tank, the plumber will remove the lid and use a stiff brush to scrub away any dirt or debris. Once finished, the plumber will replace the lid and test the flush again.
4. Replace Parts
If all else fails, replacing some of the parts inside your toilet tank may be necessary to repair the flushing mechanism. However, part replacements are done as a last resort. Never attempt to replace any parts yourself because you can damage your toilet if you make one wrong move.
If you find your toilet is not flushing correctly, do not hesitate to reach out. For residents of Suffolk County, Fix-A-Leak can provide you with professional plumbing services. Contact Fix-A-Leak today for all things plumbing that include water heater, drain cleaning, and boiler maintenance and repair. We work hard to make sure all our customers receive the highest quality services, and we look forward to working with you.