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The Fascinating Anatomy of a Toilet
Jul 06,2024

The Fascinating Anatomy of a Toilet

While most of us wouldn't give a second thought to how a toilet functions as long as it flushes efficiently, having a basic understanding of its inner workings can be beneficial. Not only can this knowledge help you troubleshoot minor issues yourself, but it can also lead to smarter water usage habits.

Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we are the go-to plumbing company for all things related to toilet plumbing. Whether you’re in need of toilet replacement or repair, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll learn about the main parts of a toilet and how they work.

The Tank

  • Fill Valve: This valve controls the inflow of water into the tank. When the tank is empty after a flush, the fill valve opens to refill it to a specific level. Modern fill valves use a float or sensor to determine the water level.
  • Toilet Flapper: This rubber seal rests on the flush valve opening, preventing water from flowing into the bowl. When you press the flush handle, the flapper lifts, allowing water to rush into the bowl. Once the tank is empty, the flapper falls back down and seals the opening again.
  • Flush Lever: This is the lever you push down to initiate a flush. It's connected to a lift chain or rod that raises the flapper.
  • Flush Valve: This is the opening at the bottom of the tank that allows water to flow into the bowl during a flush. The flapper creates a seal over this opening.
  • Overflow Tube: This tube prevents the tank from overfilling. As the water level rises in the tank, it reaches the overflow tube and diverts any excess water back down into the bowl, preventing overflow and potential leaks.

Some of the common issues with a toilet tank include a weak flush, a running toilet, a leaking tank, noisy fills, and many more. While some of these problems are simple DIY tasks, more complex issues may require professional intervention from a professional plumber.

The Bowl

This is the part of the toilet that you sit on. The bowl contains waste, prevents sewer gases, and directs water flow for a proper flush. It works in conjunction with the tank components to complete the flushing process. Although less common, the bowl can develop cracks, which could cause leaks. If you notice cracks on your toilet bowl, schedule a toilet repair service with a professional plumbing company.

The Wax Ring

This wax or sometimes rubber ring creates a watertight seal between the bottom of the tank and the top of the bowl. It prevents leaks and ensures proper flushing. A compromised wax ring can lead to leaks and sewer gas odors. In some cases, the toilet can become loose and rock back and forth when you sit on it. If the wax ring has deteriorated due to age or improper installation, reach out to a trusted plumbing repair service for a replacement.

The Toilet Handle

This is the part you grab to activate the flushing mechanism. It's connected to the flush lever inside the tank via a lift chain or rod.

Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for All of Your Toilet Plumbing Needs

If you’re looking for a reputable plumbing service specializing in toilet plumbing, get in touch with the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our experts can install, repair, and replace different types of toilets and keep your plumbing in good shape. Whether you’re looking to install modern toilets in your new home or need a clogged toilet fix, we are here to help.

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