Your home would not be complete without a toilet, and many times without a few toilets. The porcelain throne is actually a rather simple contraption and you can save a lot of money on plumbing repair bills if you understand a little bit about them.
The tips in this section can help you work with your toilet without the need to call a plumber. You'll find information that can help you remove and install a toilet, including a low-flow toilet There are also some tips that can help you unclog your toilet.
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Diagnosing Toilet Problems
One of the most basic skills that any do-it-yourselfer should have is how to figure out a problem with their toilet. Diagnosing toilet problems can not only help you to know what you should tell your plumber, but allow you to know if it is something that you can repair yourself. This is definitely something that you will want to know how to do.
Installing a Toilet
Instead of calling plumber save some money by installing your own toilet, it's not as hard as you may think. Here's how.
Installing Low-Flow Toilets
Compared with the nearly 7 gallons of water it takes to flush a pre-1993 toilet, low-flow toilets take a mere 1.6 gallons of water to flush the same amount of waste. Granted, when low-flow toilets emerged in the mid 90's, they didn't work optimally—meaning, it took more than one flush to flush away the waste, defeating the purpose of conserving water. But today, low-flow toilets have undergone design modifications and now they flush with the same results as their predecessors. All new housing construction mandates that low-flow toilets be installed, and won't pass inspection unless they are in place.
Removing a Toilet
Before you can install a toilet, you have to remove your old one. Use this checklist and you are going to be able to do your own toilet removal.
Repairing a Running Toilet
Perhaps the single most common plumbing problem in the bathroom is to have a running toilet. Repairing a running toilet isn't all that difficult a task. All you need to do is follow these instructions, and be ready to get your hands wet.
Stop Your Toilet from Sweating
One of the more common problems that you can find around a toilet is called sweating. In severe cases this can make you think that you have a leak when you really don't. To stop your toilet from sweating all you need to do is follow these simple instructions.
Troubleshooting a Problematic Toilet
Have you ever noticed how the toilet is one of the more common reasons to end up calling a plumber? Knowing the right methods for troubleshooting a problematic toilet can end up saving you quite a bit of money. All you need to do is keep in mind a few simple guidelines.
Unclogging a Toilet
Clogged toilets are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Learning to quickly unclog a toilet is an extremely useful skill.