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The Basics of Toilet Repair: What Every Homeowner Should Know

The Basics of Toilet Repair: What Every Homeowner Should Know
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Are you a homeowner who’s had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with a broken toilet? Or maybe you’re just trying to be proactive and want to know how to fix one before it happens. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll be covering the basics of toilet repair.

From understanding what parts make up your toilet to simple troubleshooting tips, by the end of this post you’ll be an expert on all things related to toilet repair!

So, let’s get started…

The first step to any toilet repair is identifying the problem. Is the water running constantly, or is there a clog that needs to be removed?

Our first order of business is to figure out what the hiccup is. First… check the water. Is it running non-stop? That can get expensive… fast. Let’s see if we can fix it together and get that porcelain throne back in shape!

And, don’t worry. You don’t need to call a plumber… yet.


The next step to tackling a toilet repair is understanding the parts of your toilet. Most toilets are made up of four major components: the flush valve, trip lever, fill valve and main shutoff valve. Knowing how these parts work together is key to troubleshooting any issue you may be having with your toilet.

Here’s a basic overview:

  • The flush valve is the part that releases water from your tank into the bowl.
  • The trip lever is what you press to activate the flush valve.
  • The fill valve controls how much water enters your tank after each flush.
  • The main shutoff valve is located outside of your toilet, usually near or on the wall, and controls the flow of water to your toilet.

If the water is running constantly, you’ll need to adjust the float ball or replace the flapper valve.

Running toilets can get pricey, but don’t let the cost drain you – there are plenty of ways to manage it yourself!

The way the water shuts off in the tank is by two parts: the float ball and the flapper valve. If you’re lucky, all it’ll take is a few adjustments in twisting or raising the float to achieve desired results.

If that doesn’t do it, then chances are you’ll have to replace the flapper valve altogether – but no worries! These steps are simple and cost-effective – so you won’t even need to call a plumber.

If there’s a clog, you’ll need to use a plunger or snake to remove it.

Don’t panic if you experience a toilet clog! With the help of standard plumbing equipment like plungers and snakes, it’s totally possible to unblock your pipes yourself. Get ready – time for some at-home handyman action that will have your bathroom back up and running in no time!

But don’t despair – both plungers and snaking are surprisingly easy to use and can often solve your clog without the need for any additional assistance. Plus, that feeling of fixing it all by yourself is simply awesome!

Got a backed-up toilet? Why not give DIY a go! Let’s get things flowing smoothly with some creative plumbing solutions.

Once the problem is fixed, be sure to test the toilet by flushing it several times.

To make sure the job is done right and your toilet stays in tip-top shape, give it a few post-repair flushes. Testing never hurt anyone – especially when it comes to maintaining peace of mind that you won’t have any future bathroom surprises!

If you need help tackling those tough plumbing problems, our friendly experts at Western Rooter & Plumbing can give you a hand! With years of experience in successful repairs, we’ll make sure your pipes are flowing smoothly. Give us a call and let’s get things fixed up right away!

And that’s it! With these basic steps, you should be able to fix the most common toilet problems yourself without having to call a plumber.

Congratulations on completing the steps—you have just educated yourself on how to tackle some of your most troubling toilet troubles!

No need to wait for the professionals! With a little bit of know-how, you can be your own plumber. Why not take some initiative and see how handy it feels to fix those minor issues on your own? Who knows – you might even discover an amazing hidden talent that could save time and money in the future!

Let’s give ourselves a round of applause for being brave enough to get our hands dirty in the name of DIY-ing – there’s no shame in admitting we don’t know everything, even if it does sting sometimes. Go ahead and turn that bowl back around, flush with pride. Good work today!

That’s it! With these five basic steps, you should be able to fix most common toilet problems without having to call a professional.

Of course, if the problem is more serious or you just don’t feel comfortable tackling it yourself, that’s what we’re here for. So please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Western Rooter & Plumbing. We’ll be happy to help get your toilet back up and running in no time.

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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If you’re having plumbing issues or emergencies, contact Western Rooter & Plumbing online or call our dispatch center at (626) 448-6455. We are the Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley’s number one plumbers – don’t wait, call now!



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