Are you annoyed by the flimsy handle on your toilet? The problem is more than just a nuisance if it also prevents the toilet from flushing properly. Fortunately, learning how to fix a loose toilet handle is easy. Simply follow this guide to tighten or replace your toilet handle as needed.
Guide to Tightening a Toilet Handle
- Close the toilet lid to prevent parts or tools from falling in.
- Remove the toilet tank cover and set it aside on a flat, stable surface.
- Turn the valve on the wall behind the toilet to shut off the water supply.
- Flush the toilet to empty the tank. With the water turned off, it won’t refill.
- Find the handle mounting nut. It should be located inside the tank near the handle itself.
- Tighten the mounting nut with an adjustable wrench or pliers. Be careful not to over-tighten it, or you could crack the porcelain.
- Test the toilet handle to see if it feels more secure.
- Restore the water supply, let the toilet tank fill, and do a test flush. If everything feels good, your job is done. If not, read on to learn how to replace a toilet handle.
Guide to Replacing a Toilet Handle
- Look up your toilet’s brand and model to see what type of replacement handle you need. Then, purchase the correct hardware at a local home improvement store.
- Close the toilet lid, remove the tank cover, turn off the water supply, and flush the toilet to empty the tank. (See steps 1-4 above.)
- Unclasp the chain clip attached to the flush lever.
- Remove the handle mounting nut with an adjustable wrench or pliers.
- Pull the old handle out, which you can do by hand once the chain and nut are removed.
- Unscrew the mounting nut on the new toilet handle and set it in a safe place so you don’t lose it.
- Insert the new lever into the tank, matching the position of the old one.
- Secure the handle with the new mounting nut.
- Attach the chain to the new lever. Adjust it so there’s about an inch of slack when the handle is in a neutral position.
- Restore the water supply, let the toilet tank fill, and do a test flush. The handle should move smoothly without rattling. Continue adjusting the chain as needed until you find the ideal length.
Contact a Plumber in Seattle for More Help
By following these steps, you should now have a fully functional toilet handle. However, if the handle keeps coming loose or breaks entirely, you may need a plumber’s help. Contact Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating, and we’ll diagnose and fix any toilet problem you’re having. We can even install a new, water-saving toilet if you’re ready for an upgrade. For answers to your remaining questions or to schedule toilet repair in Seattle, please call us at (206) 350-0079 or request your appointment online.