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Triage Your Bathroom Problems After Water Damage

Toilets can leak or let water flow indefinitely or until they’re shut off. Some issues could be from wear and tear, while others could be from poor installation. Water damage in the bathroom can bring a modern home down to primitive levels of comfort, but a few inspection and troubleshooting techniques can help you work around the problems or at least know what to expect from repair professionals.

Toilet Flushing And Filling Failure

Toilet clogs are common problems, and require either a plunger, a professional or enough time for the clogging materials to break down and pass through. A few mechanical issues may be harder to ignore.

If your toilet doesn’t flush when you push the lever, there’s a few problems between the lever (the flushing handle) and the flapper (the stopper that signals old water to flush and new water to fill the bowl) that could be your problem. Although some problems are more likely than others, start from the lever.

The toilet lever is usually installed by screwing the handle side to an inside bar that connects to the rest of the lever system. It’s possible to screw the lever on too tightly, which can result in the lever not lifting the flapper when casually pressed. It can also result in the lever being stuck in the up position, which results in continuous water emptying and filling. The toilet won’t flush without enough water pressure, and water pressure can’t build up if the toilet’s water tank is constantly releasing water.

You’ll need to adjust the tightness of the lever just enough to allow easy flushing, but not so loose that the handle shakes and moves out of place when touched. 

A Broken Chain May Call For Replacement

If the lever pushes, but doesn’t seem to flush, you may have a broken or loose chain. The lever and bar is connected to a chain, which lifts the flapper when the level is pressed. It’s possible to push the lever too hard and cause the chain to snap or the hook connecting the chain to the lever to come off. The chain, lever and the stopper can also begin to corrode and deteriorate over time, especially if you live in coastal areas with salt water that isn’t completely filtered out. 

Look inside the toilet’s tank to see if the chain is broken or removed. Even if the chain simply fell off of one of its connections, be sure to inspect the other components to make sure that they’re still in tact. You’ll need a new toilet flusher kit if any of the parts have been installed long enough to begin to break, but there’s no reason to buy a new kit if it was simply installed poorly.

Contact a water damage restoration company like Complete Restoration Services if the problem seems deeper than basic troubleshooting, as well as suggestions for toilets, parts and other ways to keep your bathroom efficient.