If you are a renter, chances are you have already had or will have toilet troubles. In some cases, you may need to simply contact your facility maintenance team for assistance. However, learning to identify and how to fix a toilet requiring minor repairs can save you a lot of time and frustration. Many of the small problems are easily fixed and don’t require a lot of tools or training. So without further ado, here are the Top 4 Most Common Problems that usually occur with a toilet and how to fix them.


How to Fix a Toilet – Fixing Toilets That Won’t Flush

The most common reason for a toilet not flushing has to do with the lever or the chain is hung up or disconnected. If it’s just the chain, the fix is much simple. Simply open up on the toilet tank and inspect the chain (the ONLY chain in a toilet) and see if it has been disconnected is caught on something. If it’s disconnected simply reconnect it; If it’s caught on something, simply disconnect the chain and reconnect it while shortening the chain to remove an unnecessary slack (don’t worry the water in the tank is clean). If the chain is broken it needs to be replaced.

Fixing Toilets That Won’t Turn Off

If your toilet won’t turn off, chance are the flapper may not just not be sealing properly. Often, simply jiggling the handles works and resolves the issue altogether. If jiggling the handle doesn’t work, simply open up the toilet tank and inspect the flapper to ensure that it is making the appropriate seal and is not broken altogether. If jiggling the handle is becoming a part of your bathroom routine, and you cannot tell if the flapper is working as need, you may need to contact maintenance to have this issue resolved better.


Unclogging A Toilet

The most common way to unclog a toilet is to use a plunger. A few strong plunges will normally dislodge any clog, but what happens when there is no plunger and you are stuck with a toilet full of paper? One way is to put one cup of baking soda into the toilet followed by two cups of white vinegar. Let it set for 30 to 45 minutes. If the clog is still there, try pouring in a quart or so of hot water. If that fails, you may need to simply go buy a plunger.

 How To Fix A Loose Toilet Seat

Fixing a loose toilet seat is as simple it gets. The two plastic bolts at the back of the seat can come loose with extended use. Over time, the bolts and nuts that hold the seat on can loosen causing it to slide or slip when you sit down. To prevent this, all you have to do is get a pair of pliers and a screwdriver and tighten the nuts and bolts. A snug fit is all you need to firm up the seat.


Toilet troubles can range from a simple annoyance to something that needs immediate attention. If your toilet is leaking anywhere, immediately turn off the water to the tank which is done by simply turning off the valve (that looks like an outdoor hose valve) that sits at the base of the toilet underneath the toilet tank. After turning off the toilet water, contact the Zukin Maintenance team and leave it up to them to repair the issue. They will respond promptly to your request; you never have to worry, they’ll handle any toilet issue that you simply cannot tackle yourself.