Common Toilet Issues

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Plumbing issues are no fun for homeowners or renters. Nobody wants to have to call a Vancouver plumber or plumbing services to deal with water issues in their home, and nobody knows this more than the experts at Haus Handyman. While we take pride in offering timely, professional, and affordable fixes to your home issues we also understand the inconvenience and anxiety that accompanies things going wrong in your home. Thankfully, many toilet issues will not require professional plumbing services or a Vancouver plumber to fix. Below are some of the more common toilet issues and what you may be able to do to fix them yourself.


It should come as no surprise that clogged toilets are the most common issue we hear about as plumbers. Plunging should be the first step to trying to fix a clogged toilet, and we would go as far as recommending a force-cup plunger for even more efficiency in unclogging your toilet. If plunging a toilet doesn’t fix your clog, and you do not want to invest in more advanced technology, it may be time to call a Vancouver plumber.

Trickling Water

If you have water trickling in your toilet bowl – or perhaps even a ghost flush – there is likely a problem with your flapper. Partial flushes are also often tied to a faulty flapper. This is something you could potentially solve on your own, however, you will likely need to replace some parts to be sure you know what you are doing before taking things apart. If there is trickling water in the tank, this is likely a problem with the float and can usually be fixed with a simple adjustment.

Weak Flushes

A weak flush is one of the most common toilet issues. It can be caused by a number of things, such as a blockage in the pipes or a build-up of sediment in the tank. If you notice that your toilet isn’t flushing as well as it used to, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem. First, check to see if there is anything blocking the pipes. If there is, you may be able to remove it yourself or hire a plumber to do it for you. Second, clean out the tank and bowl with a toilet brush. Be sure to pay special attention to the area around the flush handle, as this is often where sediment builds up. Finally, adjust the water level in the tank so that it’s higher than it was before. This will give the water more pressure and may help to resolve the issue.

Low Water Level

If your toilet bowl water level is low, there are a few things you can check. First, make sure the toilet handle is in the correct position. The handle controls the flapper, which is located at the bottom of the tank. If the handle is in the wrong position, it may not be lifting the flapper high enough to allow water to flow into the bowl. Another possibility is that the flapper itself may be damaged or incorrectly sized for your toilet. If you suspect this is the case, you can try replacing the flapper with a new one. Finally, if your water level is still low after adjusting the handle and checking the flapper, you may need to adjust the float ball. The float ball is what controls how much water stays in the tank. If it’s set too low, not enough water will enter the bowl when you flush. If it’s set too high, water will constantly enter the bowl, causing it to overflow. Adjusting the float ball is a relatively simple process, but if you’re not sure how to do it, you can always consult a plumber or ask for help from the friendly experts at Haus handyman!

Here at Haus Handyman, we love empowering our clients to try and fix their home problems on their own. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and we are here when you need us. No project is too large or too small for the team at Haus. Simply give us a call with any questions, to request a quote, or schedule an appointment today!

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