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Leaking Toilet

A Leaking Toilet Starts As A Slow Drip But Will Get Annoying Fast

 

Leaking toilet issues are frequently not seen but heard. The sound of a toilet cistern turning on and off at night is one of the most sleep depriving annoying features of a leaking toilet.

A leaking and malfunctioning  toilet cistern  are generally one of four problems:

  • slow filling toilet cistern
  • a continuously running toilet cistern
  • a non-flushing toilet
  • a broken cistern tap

There can be other obscure issues as well, but these are the most common problems we run across.

Learn To Identify Parts In Your Toilet Cistern

leaking toilet -cistern valvesWith so many toilets and cisterns now available in Australia, we cannot identify them all. But in reality, they all operate the same.

The photo on the right identifies the two main valves inside every toilet cistern. These valves exist in every cistern in one way or another. Not every cistern has a separate overflow with some having the overflow built into the flush valve. Major issues with these valves are:

  • Water Inlet Valve – this valve is always a float valve that automatically lets water into the cistern and can be installed on either the left or right side of the cistern. It is connected to an external cistern tap underneath the cistern usually with a flexihose but with chrome copper in older homes.
  • Dual Flush Valve – this valve is what releases water as a half flush or a full flush into the toilet bowl when you push the buttons on the lid to flush the toilet.
  • Overflow – obviously this is not a valve but ensures that water levels inside the cistern can never get too high and is a safety device to let excess water inside the cistern overflow directly into the toilet bowl.

Is Your Toilet Cistern Slow To Fill?

Frequently this will show up when toilet usage is at its morning peak. Usually, the cistern is so slow to fill that it cannot be flushed. Typically this is highlighting a faulty water inlet valve, but it can also be the cistern tap or even a problem in the water supply.

Is Water Constantly Running Into Your Toilet Bowl?

Constant running water can be the ultimate annoyance. Often this is why your water inlet valve is turning on and off all through the night. As the water level in the cistern drops, so the valve activates. The water running into the toilet bowl is either from a faulty dual flush valve leaking or a faulty water inlet valve. Often it can be both valves are faulty and are leaking. To put it in perspective a toilet cistern can leak around 30 litres an hour which are 720 litres a day or 5040 litres a week which will cost you $19.30 a week.

Is Your Toilet Not Flushing Away The Contents Of The Toilet Bowl?

We all know this can be embarrassing especially if you have visitors as it results in an unsightly smelly toilet. Generally what happens every user of the toilet is either multiple flushing and constantly waiting for the cistern to fill. A weak or low flush of water from the cistern can once again be both valves being faulty. It is a faulty dual flush valve failing to operate correctly. It can also be a faulty water inlet valve being extremely slow to let water in or the water levels are set incorrect. Often if not repaired you will end up with a blocked toilet.

Is Your Cistern Tap Defective?

Cistern taps are seldom operated which means they have a tendency to seize. It is not unusual for them to drip from faulty O-rings and to cease up shut. They are easy to break as they age so be wary of forcing them to turn on or off.

Solutions For Your Leaking Toilet

Fortunately for you, most problems with toilet cisterns are repairable by us. In most cases, we are carrying replacement valves on our trucks to ensure an instant repair.

The worst case scenario is that you will need to upgrade your toilet suite which of course Whywait Plumbing will do so as well after evaluating all possibilities and giving you a guaranteed upfront price.

If you are being woken at night by a running toilet or embarrassed by your toilet not flushing contact us now online to schedule an appointment or phone us anytime on (07) 5580 4311