Steps For Testing Your Toilet
Your toilet might have some leaks that you will need to fix. A leak can be tough to find, but it can make it harder for your toilet to work as well as it should. It may also cause stains in your bathroom and use it more water than you expect, depending on the setup.
You can test your toilet from your home to see if it is working accordingly. There are a few steps that should work when getting your toilet ready for use.
Note: Implement this step well after the last person went to use the toilet. You can do this to get a more accurate readout over how well your toilet is functioning.
1. Remove the lid from the tank
The underside part of the top may include condensation. The moisture will drip as you remove the cover, although this is a natural part. You should not expect an excessive amount of condensation in most cases, although an elevated total could be a sign that the water going in and out of your toilet is too intense or hard to handle.
2. Review the water level in the tank
Check on the water line for your toilet. You might have to adjust your toilet depending on where the water is under the line. The fill valve is not working well if the water level is over the edge. You might also have to replace the inside diaphragm if this segment is showing wear.
3. Drop a coloring into your tank
A dye tablet from a water provider may help, although you could also add a few drops of food dye in your tank.
4. Wait to see how well the coloring works
It takes about fifteen minutes for the coloring to go through the water all the way. Do not flush before it goes through, or else the test will not be useful enough.
5. Review the water in the bowl
The color from the dye or tablet should not appear in the pot. If there seems to be something inside the container, that means there is a leak. The intensity of the leak will vary based on how much of the dye got through.
6. Ensure the flapper valve works
You might have to replace the flapper valve in your toilet, as the valve can stop the leak from becoming worse. The flapper should meet the standards for operation in your toilet.
One idea to consider is to look at how much sediment or other debris has entered the flapper. You will have to clean everything up and then test the toilet again to see if the problem is still there.
You’ll have to be sure you look at how your toilet is working if there are any concerns over how it operates. You can ask us at Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing for additional assistance in getting your toilet fixed well. We can check on every part of your toilet and figure out a plan for fixing the plumbing issue before it can become more of a concern.