You must ensure that the water level is neither too high nor too low for proper toilet maintenance. However, there can be times when the water level is too high or too low and needs to be adjusted.
At times like these, should you call a plumber? Not necessarily! Interestingly, there are effective ways to go about it and resolve it on your own. In this post, we will share with you a few ways to fix this problem.
However, there can be different situations, and with different situations, you may also need to execute different techniques. The techniques and the processes aren’t difficult to execute. Further, we tried to explain it in a concise way to understand it in no time.
Unclogging the clogged pipes
One common reason behind a high water level is that the pipes are clogged, which is pretty common with all flushing toilets. When the pipes are clogged and flush your toilet, water wouldn’t flow out in the usual way and stay in the bowl.
Sometimes, the level may gradually decline, but the water will remain there indefinitely if the blockage is bad. When you flush the toilet during such a blockage, the water will overflow and get all over the floor. Now, this can be a very unpleasant feeling.
A quick way to check if your toilet has a blockage is by pouring a bucket of water into the toilet bowl. If the water remains in the bowl and doesn’t flow out, you can assume a blockage in the toilet.
Next, you can put on a pair of gloves and try reaching out the toilet bowl with your hands to see if there is anything stuck in there, like a diaper or a tampon.
If you don’t find any blockage in there, the chances are that the blockage is further down the pipe and the best you can do is use a plunger. If that doesn’t work either, you could try pouring hot water or chemical water into the bowl. If it remains blocked, you may consider calling in a plumber.
Something probably wrong with the tank
In case the water level is too low in the toilet bowl, there can be various reasons behind it, but the reason that is most common is that something is wrong with the tank. You must check the tank properly.
First, you could remove the lid of the tank and check out the water level is one inch below the overflow tube and the fill valve. This is the ideal water level for the tank, and in case it’s lower than that, you would need to adjust that.
First off, you must turn the water supply to the toilet off. Next, you have to close the water valve. Then, you must have the water removed from the tank. The tank won’t refill as long as the valve is correctly closed.
In case you have a ball version, you must check carefully if it is damaged or has water inside. If there is water inside, you can remove it first. If everything seems to be fine, you only need to adjust the height of the ball.
After you make these changes, you could turn on the valve, fill the tank and flush the toilet to see if the water level looks normal. Even for the cylinder version, the process is pretty much the same.
Check if the plumbing vents are blocked
If you haven’t found anything wrong in the toilet tank, the best thing to do would be to check if there is any blockage in the plumbing vents. In case you see anything blocking it, you must remove them and clean the vents well.
To help you visualize the important role the vents play in the plumbing system, vents help maintain the right air pressure required to ensure a proper water flow. So, when the vents are blocked, this will have its impact on the water flow.
Sometimes even during falling leaves, leaves may block the vents, and one wise thing to do is covering your vents properly to avoid leaves from blocking them.
Check if the toilet is cracked
If it is none of the above 3 situations, you may check if your toilet is cracked. If the water level goes down gradually after every flush, the chances are that your toilet has some leakage issues. In case your toilet has a leakage, you must fix it as soon as possible.
Delays could lead to more damage and expensive repairs since a damaged toilet could cause severe damage to your home as well. The best you can do is replace the entire toilet.
Time to find out the exact problem and fix it in time
Even though calling a plumber can be the greatest relief every time you run into some trouble with your toilet, this is not always required, and you can fix it on your own as long as you have some time. That way, you can save some money.
We are sure you have gone through this post carefully and understood the steps as well. If you are experiencing a water level issue with your toilet, trying out the first three suggestions would most likely fix the problem.
Whenever there is an issue with the water level, the causes can’t be more than what we mentioned in this post. However, if your toilet is cracked, we suggest you replace it as soon as possible since this may cause damage to your home.
However, before you can actually think of getting some professional help, why not try our techniques first and check if you can resolve it yourself.