Diy Toilet Fixes
Understanding all the basic DIY toilet fixes will first require that you know all the parts of your toilet. People often want to call a plumber and ask some advice about how to fix their toilet. Unfortunately, they don't know the names of the parts inside the toilet so they can't talk to a professional and get some good advice. They sound like they don't know what they are doing and the plumber quickly tells them to leave the toilet alone and wait for them to make a service call. This could all be avoided with just a few simple vocabulary words used in the proper way. Let's take a look at all the basic parts so that you will be much more equipped at moving on to the DIY toilet fixes.
Parts to know for your DIY Toilet Fixes
Three of the most important parts that DIY plumbers need to know about for DIY toilet fixes are the ballcock, float ball and flush valve. A ballcock is one of the main toilet parts which is also known as the water supply valve. It supplies the water to the inside of the toilet so that you can eventually flush the toilet itself. The float ball is the big plastic ball that floats on the surface of the water inside the toilet tank. When the tank is full, this ball will actually shut off the ballcock and stop the water from entering the toilet tank. Finally, the flush valve is located at the bottom of the tank where all the water flushes out into the toilet.
Three other important parts on the toilet are the lift arm, main drain and main water valve. The lift arm is the little metal rod inside the top part of the toilet tank that connects to the handle from the inside. It is what actually raises the valve and lets the water out when you flush. The main drain is the slanted pipe under the house that carries all the waste to your sewer or septic tank. Finally, the main water valve is a knob near the floor, usually behind the toilet where you turn off the water.
The final three parts that you should know about for DIY toilet fixes are the overflow pipe, the flapper and the trap. The overflow pipe is a long tube located at the bottom of the toilet tank. It prevents the tank from overflowing with water. The flapper is the rubber plug at the bottom of the tank that is attached to the chain and the trap is the place where waste water goes after it leaves your toilet. Next time you need to get some advice from a plumber, just refer to the parts by their names. Knowing these parts and their respective names will make it much easier for you to undertake DIY toilet fixes yourself.