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How to repair your toilet

It might not be the most fun DIY job, but making sure your toilet works correctly is certainly one of the most important. Here are a few tips for repairing those small problems in the small room.

Fixing a blocked toilet

An overflowing toilet is a pretty unpleasant things to happen, but luckily it's easy to fix. Using a plunger (available at any hardware store) will usually help the blockage along.

If not, you can try using a plumber's snake. This is a flexible, drill-like tool that snakes through your pipes to break up the blockage.

Be aware that chemical drain cleaners do not work in toilets.

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Fixing a running toilet

If your toilet won't stop flushing, the problem is usually inside the cistern. Take the lid off the tank at the back of your toilet and inspect the mechanism.

A broken seal on the valve that controls when water is let in to the cistern could cause the running. If not, a broken chain, flap or ball cock might be the culprit and will need to be replaced.

All these parts can be bought cheaply from any hardware store. Don't forget to turn off the water supply before attempting any repairs!

Fixing a leaking toilet

This is often a difficult problem to diagnose and fix. Water on the floor can be from condensation, leaky pipes, a damaged gasket or a badly sealed or cracked toilet. If the cause of the leak isn't obvious straight away, you'd be best to call in a plumber.

Take care with toilet repair

A bad repair job can have undesirable (and very messy) results. If you're not confident fixing your toilet yourself, then it might be time to call in a pro.

Check out our directory of licensed plumbers and get that toilet fixed today!

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