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The Ultimate Guide to DIY Fixes for Common Toilet Problems

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

2. Understand Your Toilet

3. Common Toilet Problems and their DIY Fixes

3.1 Running Toilet

3.2 Silent Leaks

3.3 Clogged Toilet

3.4 Slow Filling Toilet

4. Conclusion

5. When to Call a Professional Plumber

6. About Legendary Plumbers


For many homeowners, dealing with toilet problems can be a source of frustration. However, understanding your toilet and how to address these common issues can save you time, money and avoid stress. This post will guide you through DIY fixes for common toilet problems you might encounter in your Australian home.

Understand Your Toilet

Before diving into the fixes, it's important to understand your toilet and its working components. Knowing these parts will make it easier to diagnose problems and carry out the necessary repairs. The main parts of a toilet include the fill valve, flush valve, flapper or seal, overflow tube, tank, bowl, and trapway.

Common Toilet Problems and their DIY Fixes

1. Running Toilet

A running toilet, one that constantly refills water, can be annoying, wasteful and lead to a higher water bill. Often, this issue is due to a faulty flapper or seal. To fix this, turn off the water supply, remove the old flapper and replace it with a new one. Ensure it's the correct size and type for your toilet model.

2. Silent Leaks

These are tricky as they can go unnoticed until they've caused significant damage. The culprit is usually a worn-out flapper or fill valve. To confirm this, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait. If the color appears in the bowl within 15 minutes, you have a silent leak. Replacing the faulty part should resolve the issue.

3. Clogged Toilet

A plunger is your best friend when it comes to a clogged toilet. Make sure you have a good seal and plunge vigorously to clear the clog. If this doesn't work, a plumbing snake or a closet auger can be useful. If the blockage persists, it's time to call a professional plumber.

4. Slow Filling Toilet

If your toilet takes forever to refill, the problem could be a blocked fill valve. To fix this, turn off the water supply, remove the fill valve cap and clean out any debris. If the toilet still fills slowly after this, consider replacing the fill valve.

While these DIY fixes can help solve minor toilet problems, some issues might require the expertise of a professional plumber. Always remember that your safety should come first, so if you are unsure about any repair, it's best to seek professional help.

When to Call a Professional Plumber

If you've tried these DIY fixes and your toilet problem persists, or if the problem is beyond your DIY skills, it's time to call a professional. At Legendary Plumbers, we provide prompt and professional plumbing services across Australia.

About Legendary Plumbers

For over a decade, Legendary Plumbers has been providing high-quality plumbing services throughout Australia. Our trained, experienced, and friendly plumbers are committed to solving all your plumbing problems, from common toilet issues to complex plumbing situations.


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