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Toilet Problems

Toilet 101
  • Please click here to learn about the parts of your toilet. Great reference for the instructions below.
The Toilet is Clogged or Overflows
  • You need a plunger.
  • Place the cup of the plunger over the drain opening and force the handle up and down quickly. By doing so, you should produce enough suction to loosen the clogged item. When you believe the clog is removed, slowly pour water into the bowl and flush.
  • If more than one toilet or drain in your unit is backing up, the line is likely blocked downstream from the point where the waste lines come together. This may require the temporary removal of the toilet.
  • For advanced repairs or extreme difficulty, please contact the maintenance department.
  • Please do not flush feminine products down the toilet.
The Toilet Handle Sticks or is Loose
  • 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 or grunge around the mounting nut, clean it with a brush dipped in vinegar or a household solvent.
  • Check the metal chain that connects the lift arm to the flapper valve. There should be about half an inch of slack in the chain. You can adjust the slack by hooking the chain in a different hole in the handle. If the chain is broken, it must be replaced.
  • For advanced repairs or extreme difficulty, please contact the maintenance department.
The Toilet Will Not Stop Running
  • 1 - Start by jiggling the toilet handle. If the running stops, you need to either adjust the lift chain attachment or the handle.
  • 2 - If that does not work, remove the tank cover and check if the floating ball is touching the side of the tank. If so, bend the arm to reposition the float ball away from the edge of the tank.
  • 3 - Lift the floating rod above the water level. If the water stops running, gently bend the rod down until the float is at rest when the water level is about one half inch below the top of the overflow pipe.
  • 4 - Check to see if your floating ball is leaking.Is there a hole in the ball? If more than half of the float is underwater, it may have a leak. Turn off the shutoff valve below the tank and flush the toilet to empty it. Unscrew the float and shake it. If you hear water inside, replace the float ball.
  • 5 - Sometimes the flapper valve becomes worn or distorted and does not seal the tank. Simply, empty the tank, remove the flapper and replace it with a new one.
  • 6 - If the flapper valve seat is cracked, the whole unit can be replaced. For advanced repairs or extreme difficulty, please contact the maintenance department.