Working long office hours, looking after your family, maintaining the entire house and doing other small chores takes a toll on your health.

Life can be tough. But just when you think you have things under control, something is bound to go wrong.

A family member falls sick, your car breaks down, or worse still, house maintenance rears up again.

Perhaps the thing you dread most about house maintenance are the dreaded — toilet repairs.

They can occur frequently, are highly inconvenient, and calling a plumber each time can chunk out big money.

If you find yourself in this situation, read down the page.

Here’s a self-help guide for three common toilet repairs that will save you precious time and money.

Determining the problem

If the toilet is making weird noises when flushed, that’s a signal that something is wrong.

  • Intermittent hissing noises when the toilet is flushed signifies ghost flushing, especially if you continue hearing it every few minutes or hours. You may or may not see water leaking externally from your toilet, but it is definitely leaking internally.
  • If you hear a constant hissing sound like air seems to be moving inside the pipes, it most likely is a fill valve hiss. This means water is constantly running into the tank.
  • A thumping sound whenever the toilet is flushed means that it is running water during the fill cycle. This is called water resonance.

Solving the problems

Ghost flushing
If there is internal water loss, first and foremost, check the refill tube. If it is going into the overflow pipe, then move it away. Reattach the clipping, if required.

If this doesn’t stop the noise the next time you flush, then clean the flapper and bottom of the tank where it seats. Replace the flapper if it seems worn out. Replacing the flush valve drain is sure to stop the leak.

In case you see water leaking out from the toilet, replace the bees wax seat and bolt seals.

Fill valve hiss
This can be solved by removing the top cap and flushing out any debris in the valve.

Close the water supply and flush once. Then lift the float cup with one hand and prevent the valve shaft from turning.

With your other hand, turn the cap counterclockwise to unlock it. Then lift it up from the valve body. Turn the cup upside down over the exposed valve opening and then let the water supply run for about 15 seconds. This will flush out any debris in the valve.

Reassemble the valve and lock the cap back in place by turning it in a clockwise direction.

Water resonance
Since this problem results from congestions in the water flow from the shut-off valve at the wall, it is best to solve it by using a regulated fill valve. That adjusts the amount of incoming water. A regulated fill valve eliminates unusual noises.

Repairing a toilet requires some effort, but the results are worth it. Not only will you save money, but you’ll save time because you avoid waiting for plumbers, and you finish the job within a few hours.