The toilet is one plumbing fixture that gets a lot of abuse day in and day out. It is only normal to have a few issues pop up every now and then with your toilet. Fortunately, toilets are simple mechanisms that have many repairs a homeowner can handle themselves. However, there are a few more serious toilet issues that you want to leave to your plumbing professional. Below are three of the most common toilet problems that are frequently seen in homes.
1. Weak Flusher
This could be caused by having an older toilet that was manufactured during the time period from January 1, 1994, to mid-1997. Or for a toiled made before 1994, there could be hard water deposits in the siphon jet hole.
2. Strong but Partial Flush
this can be caused by the flapper valve which may be waterlogged and dropping too fast. A new flapper may be needed.
3. The Phantom Flush
Also known as the Phantom Filler, it really looks as if the tank fills with water as if it were just flushed. This means there is a water leak.
You could have a first generation 1.6 gallon flush toilet that is destined to fail. Look inside the tank for a manufacture date stamped in the clay. If it was made during the time period from January 1, 1994, to mid-1997, this could be the problem. No matter what you do, it will not flush right.