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Jul 06, 2024

While calling a plumber to fix your toilet is always an option, there are several issues that you can handle yourself. Good examples of toilet problems you can resolve without necessarily requiring the help of a plumbing service include a running toilet, clogs, a loose flush handle, leaks at the base of the toilet, and many more. However, there are certain things you need to be aware of before you consider a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. In this article, Rooter Man Plumbing covers some essential dos and don’ts of DIY toilet repair.


  • Turn Off the Water Supply

This is the golden rule of any plumbing job. Shutting off the water supply valve located behind the toilet will prevent a geyser of water when you disconnect the tank.

  • Use the Right Tools

The right tools will make the job easier and prevent damage. For most toilet repairs, you'll need a wrench, adjustable pliers, a screwdriver, and a rag.

  • Follow Instructions

If you're replacing a faulty part, consult the manufacturer's instructions or online tutorials specific to your toilet model. Following the proper steps ensures a secure and functional repair.

  • Wear Protective Gear

Safety should be your first priority when you’re undertaking DIY toilet repair. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands and safety glasses to shield your eyes from any splashes or debris.

  • Inspect for Damage

While you have the toilet open, take a moment to inspect the tank, bowl, and surrounding area for any cracks, corrosion, or loose connections. Addressing these minor issues now can prevent future leaks or problems.


  • Don’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

While it’s true that chemical drain cleaners can clear minor drain clogs, they do more harm than good. Since they contain harsh chemicals, they are known to damage the pipes and the toilet bowl. Chemical drain cleaners are also hazardous to your health.

  • Don’t Over-Tighten Bolts

Some toilet repair tasks, such as replacing the wax ring or securing the toilet to the floor, involve tightening bolts. Be careful not to over-tighten the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl, as it can crack the porcelain. Snug them up firmly, but avoid using excessive force.

  • Don’t Ignore Small Leaks

A small leak today can turn into a major headache tomorrow. Address any leaks as soon as you notice them, whether it's from the base of the toilet, the tank, or around the supply line. If you encounter a leak that’s beyond your expertise, call a professional plumbing repair service for help.

  • Don’t Flush Improper Items

Your toilet is not a trash can. We can’t stress this enough: flushing foreign objects like wipes, feminine hygiene products, or dental floss can clog the pipes and lead to expensive repairs. These items do not break down like toilet paper and can cause blockages that require professional intervention from a trusted plumber to resolve.

  • Don’t Hesitate to Call a Professional Plumbing Service If You Need Help

If you're unsure about tackling the repair yourself, don’t be afraid to call a plumber specializing in toilet repair. A professional can quickly diagnose the problem, fix it right the first time, and save you time and frustration in the long run.

Signs You Need To Schedule Toilet Repair Service

  • Slow tank refill
  • Leaking at the base
  • Weak flush
  • Constant running water
  • Wobbling toilet
  • Unusual noises when not in use

Call Rooter Man Plumbing For All of Your Toilet Plumbing Needs

Are you looking for a reputable plumbing company that provides quality toilet plumbing services? Look no further than Rooter Man Plumbing. Perhaps your toilet keeps running long after you’ve flushed, or maybe it has come to the end of its lifespan. Whatever the case, our licensed and experienced plumbers have the expertise to provide you with dependable solutions. From toilet replacement to drain cleaning and water efficiency upgrades, we’ve got you covered.


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