Common Toilet Problems
This can be caused due to variety of reasons. It could be due to a leaking toilet tank. You can put some coloring in the tank water. If you see color in the toilet bowl after sometime, it could be a case of leakage. Check the tank bolts, the fill valve/ballcock mounting nut, and supply tube coupling nut. If these are all intact, you may need to replace the washer.
Dripping water from the side of the tank could also be caused by condensation. This would happen during humid weather. This happen because the water that flows into the tank has a lower temperature than that of the room. To stop this you have to ventilate your bathroom well. You can also resolve this by placing a toilet liner kit. This is a foam panel placed inside the tank.
This can be caused due to many reasons. You should check the flush handle, if it is working properly. It may have gone too loose or tight. The tank cover should be removed to clean the mounting nut (located on the inside behind the handle). The handle may now work smoothly. Sometimes lime can build up around the mounting nut, in that case clean it with a brush dipped in vinegar.
Also check the lift arm which may be broken. The connection between the lift arm and lift chain may be broken resulting in the flapper valve not lifting properly to allow the water to flush out. The flapper should stay up until about 80 percent or more of the water has drained from the tank. If it drops sooner, install a new flapper. Level of water too high or low can also cause this problem.
Clog in the toilet
To determine this you can pour 5 gallons of water from a bucket in to the toilet. If it dumps into the trap without any splashing, the drain is unclogged. If water backs up into the bowl and drains slowly, it is a clog. Call a plumber to unclog the drain.
This happens if the valve that opens up to allow the water to get inside the tank is not working properly. You can dissemble the fill valve and clean it. Sometimes replacing the fill valve diaphragm seal helps the situation. Replacing the fill valve/ballcock is also a good idea. These are available at reasonable price and can be installed on your own by following the manufacturer’s instruction.