The toilet is one of the most frequently used fixtures in a typical home, so it’s bound to develop issues such as leaks, malfunctions, and damaged parts over time. Although it’s usually advisable to call a plumber to get those diagnosed and fixed, you might be glad to know that most toilet issues can actually be resolved with some DIY work. Here are three of those problems and what you can do to fix them cost-effectively:

  1. A weak flush

Toilets will accumulate hard water deposits in their siphon jet hole, and this will result in weak pressure that causes weak flushing. The problem is common in worn-down and old toilets.

To fix this, you have to get rid of the build of calcium and hard water. TruFusion WashOut Build-Up Remover can help you do that. Its biological enzyme formula will effectively eat up and wash out the sediment buildup that is caused by paper products, waste, and organic matter. It’s a versatile product that won’t harm your septic system, and it can also be used for other plumbing systems.

Sometimes a weak flush can be attributed to low water levels in the tank. This can cause further problems like clogging, which happens when there’s minimal pressure going through the pipes. Check the water level mark in the tank, usually below the overflow pipe. If the water inside is less than what it’s needed to be, then there’s a problem.

Old fill valves or floats tend to become damaged and will need replacement. You can use Coast Mark IV Anti-Siphon Bullock Toilet Tank Repair Kit to replace them and make your toilet flush better again.

  1. Clogged toilet

Water and waste from the toilet bowl go through waste pipes that transport them into the drain, away from the house, and into a septic system. It’s easy to notice when those pipes are clogged, such as when you flush the toilet and the water rises higher than it should in the bowl.

Clear-It Drain Opener Water Jet Drain Clog Remover should do the trick if you don’t have a drain snake, drain auger and pipe cleaner, or a drain snare. Connect it to the faucet and it should provide a powerful water pressure to wash away the sluggishness and unclog the drains naturally without using harsh chemicals that could damage your pipes or septic system.

  1. Dripping toilet

If you notice your toilet dripping after you flush, that’s a sign of an incorrectly installed or damaged fill valve that refills the bowl after flushing. Use Danco HC660 HydroClean Toilet Fill Valve to prevent leaks and water loss. It is easy to calibrate, so it adjusts to the exact level of water that is needed by your tank.

Moreover, it ensures that your toilet refills quickly as the jet cleanses the tank. HC660 comes with a fill valve and a built-in mini valve to regulate water levels while refilling. It also has a leak detection feature so you immediately tell if there’s one.

Knowing your toilet and how to identify the usual issues can make repairs and replacements less stressful and much cheaper. Any time you’re dealing with a toilet problem, you can count on Danco and Trufusion (our sister brand) for solutions.