Otherwise, they still function the same: the fill valve mechanism, supply tubing, and emergency shutoff valve, connects the toilet to a water source. All of these parts have a life expectancy. Older toilets use far more water than the newer high efficiency (HE) toilets on the market today.
You can usually determine how old your toilet is by removing the lid and placing it in a safe place to avoid breaking it. There is usually a date stamped on the inside of the tank,or inside the tank lid. It can be hard to read, but in most cases can be made out.
A good plumber can tell a toilet’s manufacture date to within 5-10 years of its manufacture date. An unattended toilet malfunction, and older toilets will waste a lot of water and money. The argument that an older water hog has a better flush, is untrue as of recent. Caroma and Toto are 2 reputable brands that have utilized mandatory water consumption restrictions, and have made great performing toilets to match any of the older water hogs. A running toilet often goes undetected and can put a dent in your wallet, if not resolved.
Your Toilet Is Clogged
Another scenario that happens on occasion: a running toilet goes unnoticed, or is pushed off for another date to fix. The running toilet has had little effect on the homeowner and they have not gotten the bill yet. The sewer main clogs – and all the while – the toilet does not stop running and the lowest fixture on the system begins to overflow onto the floor.
Even if you know where the main water valve is, there will likely be some damage to the floor by the time the water shutdown happens. In other instances, the damage is much worse because the homeowner may not be present for the impending flood. The main valve can be frozen, or the homeowner does not know where the main valve is. If your toilet is clogged, refer to: Toilet Blockage or Main Sewer Line Blockage.
- Nose tissues
- Paper towels
- Dental floss
- Cotton ear cleaning tips
- And a variety of other known foreign objects will clog the toilet
POSSIBLE YOU HAVE A MAIN SEWER LINE BLOCKAGE
The best way to verify this is to:
- Run water from another location to see if the water level in the toilet bowl rises.
- If there is a tub or shower on the same floor and there is water backing up from one of these drains, than the problem is a main line blockage.
- If you do not have a main line clog, use the toilet auger to clear the toilet. (When buying a toilet auger make sure to buy one that extends an extra 3′ beyond the toilet trap.)
- After clearing the toilet, do a load test with toilet paper and water. If the toilet clogs again when you put solids in, and it can be cleared again with the auger, then there is something stuck in the outlet.
- In this case, the toilet will need to be pulled to remove the obstruction. If auguring the toilet does not work, you may try to plunge the toilet. If neither plunging nor auguring works, then refer to Main Sewer Line Blockage.