Toilet Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Toilets can have any number of issues, some of which are quick and simple fixes you can do all by yourself with just a few tools and parts found at your local hardware store, while other issues such as a cracked tank or sinking toilet may be more difficult fixes that can be left for a plumber. See below for some common issues and instructions to make the repairs yourself.

Broken Handle

Toilet handles aren't always very durable and can break from overuse, or from your super strong 5 year old that thinks he's the Hulk. 

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Crescent wrench
  • Toilet trip lever and new handle


  1. Take off the lid to the tank behind your toilet to expose the innards of your toilet.
  2. Find the lift chain inside the tank and unhook it, but take note of which hole the chain is hooked to.
  3. Unscrew the nut on the inside of the handle and remove it, then remove the handle.
  4. Take your new handle and insert the screw through the hole, tightening the nut in place.
  5. Then find the hole where the chain was hooked to and reattach the chain. 
  6. Test the new handle to be sure it flushes properly and that the chain is at the right hole to allow the flapper to open and close properly. Adjust the chain if necessary.

Clogged Toilet

Unclog your toilet using an accordion plunger. Place the opening of the plunger over the drain hole. Pump it several times in order to get a good suction. Once the drain is unclogged, the water in the toilet will flush down. Flush your toilet again to be sure the clog is gone. To be sure your toilet doesn't clog again, be sure that nothing other than toilet paper is ever flushed down the toilet. If you have a sensitive system, you may want to think about using 1-ply toilet paper that will dissolve faster than 2-ply toilet paper. Also watch for items that say they are flushable, as your system may not be able to handle them. If your toilet does not unclog using the toilet plunger, you may need to have the drain snaked instead, as the clog may be further out in your drainage pipe.

These are both common toilet issues that can be repaired easily with just a few tools. If you have an issue that you aren't able to repair on your own, contact a professional plumber for help to prevent worsening the issue. For more information, contact a business such as Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.