7 Ways Your Toilet Might Break

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7 Ways Your Toilet Might Break

The Multitude of Ways Your Toilet Might Break

A toilet is a very important part of any modern bathroom in a home, and when it fails, it can cause major inconvenience and even health hazards. Here’s a select handful of some of the most common and dreaded ways that your toilet can and will eventually fail you (don’t forget it’s also likely to happen at the most inopportune time).

  1. Clogs:

    Well, wouldn’t you know it, the #1 most common issue with toilets is clogged, which can occur due to a buildup of waste and toilet paper. When you flush multiple times and try to get it to go down it can cause the water to overflow from the bowl. Better get that mop ready!

  2. Leaks:

    Another common issue is leaks, which can occur at the base of the toilet or from the tank to the bowl. These leaks can lead to water damage and can also result in increased water bills.

  3. Running water:

    If the toilet continues to run after being flushed, it may indicate a problem with the flapper valve or the fill valve. This can be caused by a variety of issues such as mineral buildup, age, or a faulty part.

  4. Weak flushing:

    A weak flush can occur due to a variety of issues such as a low water level in the tank, a clogged or partially clogged flush valve, or a faulty flapper valve.

  5. Wobbling:

    A toilet that wobbles or rocks may indicate that it is not properly anchored to the floor or that the floor beneath it is uneven. It could also mean that the wax ring that helps seal the toilet to the sewer line is worn or damaged.

  6. Color changes in water or stains:

    Toilet bowls can change color from the presence of iron, copper, or other metals/minerals in the water. It’s often that if the water is discolored or if there are stains inside the bowl, it could indicate a problem with your home’s water supply (time to get a whole home water filter).

  7. Weird noises:

    Gurgling sounds can indicate that the toilet is not properly ventilated and can cause sewer gases to back up into the home. Whistling or hissing sounds can be caused by a variety of issues including a clogged vent pipe or a problem with the fill valve.

In general, many of these issues can be fixed by a handy homeowner, with a bit of research and a few basic tools. However, if the problem is more severe or if you are unsure about how to fix it, it is best to call South End Plumbing for a FREE ESTIMATE.


In conclusion, toilets can fail in many ways, from clogs and leaks to weak flushes and color changes in the water. It is important to regularly check and maintain your toilet to prevent these issues and keep it running properly. If you notice any of the aforementioned problems mention above, it’s likely you may want to be scheduling an appointment with a licensed plumber.

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