Common toilet problems can cost you big money down the road. The most common cause for a high water bill is running water from your toilet. A continuously running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day. That can double a family’s typical water use, so fix toilet leaks as soon as possible. You can usually hear a running toilet, but not always.
The POTTYMISER was developed for just this reason. A landlord received an astronomical water bill and decided to check around his apartment complex. He found a majority of his toilets were older and not working properly creating a large amount of water usage. He designed this product and installed it to his tenants toilets. Low and behold, the water bill was drastically reduced!
How a Toilet Works
To better understand how your toilet works, take the lid off of your tank and flush the toilet a few times. Toilet problems are usually easy to diagnose. Here’s what happens:
1. When you push the handle, the chain lifts the flapper valve (also called the stopper or tank ball).
2. Water in the tank flows through the flush valve opening into the toilet bowl.
3. The water from the tank forces waste water in the toilet bowl through the trap and into the main drain.
4. Once the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes and the fill valve/ballcock refills the tank.
5. When the tank is full, the float ball shuts off the fill valve/ballcock.
Water on the Floor Around the Toilet
If you have water on the floor around your toilet, fix the problem right away so moisture does not damage your subfloor.
Start by checking all connections – the tank bolts, the fill valve/ballcock mounting nut and supply tube coupling nut. Is everything tight? If so, you may need to replace the toilet washers.
If water is dripping from the side of the tank during warm humid weather, it may be condensation. Water entering the tank is usually colder than the room’s temperature. Use proper ventilation to help reduce condensation. Another solution is a toilet liner kit, a foam panel placed inside the tank.
Is the toilet tank cracked? If so, you need to buy a new tank.
Water around the base of a toilet could be caused by a wax ring that no longer seals or by a cracked toilet base. If the toilet leaks constantly, the toilet base is cracked and must be replaced. If leaking occurs during or after a flush, replace the wax ring.
Toilet Won’t Flush
- Check the flush handle, flush lever/lift arm, chain, flapper valve and the connections between each of the parts to make sure all are functioning.
- The handle may be too loose or tight.
- The lift arm may be bent or broken.
- The connection between the lift arm and lift chain may be broken or out of adjustment, so it does not raise the flapper valve far enough.
Toilet Won’t Flush All the Way
There are three main things to check for:
- Too much slack in the lift chain.
- Low water level in the tank.
- Make sure the flapper is installed properly and it’s the correct model for your toilet.
Make sure the water supply is open and the valve parts are clean and operating correctly.
A toilet that won’t stop running wastes water and costs money. Toilet problems are usually in the fill tank. Do some simple tests before resorting to installing a new toilet. If you install a product called the POTTYMISER it will allow your toilet to fill accordingly and not allow it to run excessively!
- Make sure the water supply line is turned completely open. Some fill valves/ballcocks can be easily disassembled and cleaned (see valve instructions or valve manufacturer’s website for details).
- If possible, replace the fill valve diaphragm seal. Replacement seals are available for several fill valves/ballcocks.
- Replace the fill valve/ballcock. It’s easier than it may sound. Replacement fill valves/ballcocks are reasonably priced and can be installed simply by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Stuck or Loose Toilet Handle
- Remove the tank cover and clean the mounting nut (located on the inside behind the handle) so the handle operates smoothly.
- If there is a buildup of lime around the mounting nut, clean it with a brush dipped in vinegar.
Install The POTTYMISER For Your Toilet Problems
The POTTYMISER won’t solve all toilet problems you may have, but it will save you loads of money on your water bill. Install the POTTYMISER down at the water intake valve and place the push button above the toilet tank. One easy push of a button will secure the proper amount of water placed in the tank . No more toilets running or leaks on the floor!