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Toilet Basics - Flush Tank
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Toilet Basics - Flush Tank

Nothing says fun weekend project than fixing a faulty toilet, just a tool belt, a plunger and a dream for some. However, simple knowledge of the workings of a flush tank can make this nasty situation a heck of a lot easier. 
Obviously, the flush tank is the mechanism that contains the water used to flush away waste. Included within the tank is a ball cock which is made up of a spigot that opens and closes dependent on the flush arm, in other words, allows water to come in or out. Although the flush tank has a healthy life span and will typically work for years, occasionally it will wear out. How do you know it's not operating properly? Here are a few symptoms that could mean your flush tanks defective:

  • Though the tank is full, that oh so obnoxious sound of continual water running
  • Lack of water in the tank and a running noise
  • The glass is half empty scenario when water will only rise half way up
  • Defunct handle resulting in no flush action
  • Zero water pressure
  • A splash sound a la Flipper

Lineage breakage is the result of a the flush tank beaing full, but no flush action occuring and is the result of handle corrosion. That or the flush tank chain has broken. First instinct should be locate said chain and check for breakage. This little mechanism is located between the arm and lift wire. If it is damaged simply head out to your hardware store and replace it.  If not, it could be the lift wire has become unattached and needs realignment. This can be done by hand and should take no more than a minute. No dice on both accounts, well then unfortunately that means something is blocking between the toilet bowl and tank. Either stretch out a metal coat hanger and try to push it through or you can do one of the following:

  • Turn the shutoff valve off. You may need to turn off the main water valve if your toilet lacks a stopper at the base of it.
  • Now the fun part. Grab your wellies and your bucket and proceed to bail out the water like a passenger on the Titanic. A sponge will help you sop up the remaining fluid.
  • Next, at the bottom of the tank you should spot a nut. Unscrew this with a wrench. Note: you want to make sure the ball cock doesn't spin, so use a pair of pliers to hold the nut in place.
  • Take out the bolt that holds the flush tank together. Most importantly, handle with care as too much pressure could cause the bowl to crack.
  • Gingerly remove the flush tank and check to see are any clogs in the tube. Remove the clog if there is one then put the flush tank back on the bowl.

Toilet repairs and maintenance isn't the most glamorous home-improvement activity, but it is important. Using the guidelines above, you can make it as painless as possible.

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