How to Fix a Loose Toilet Handle

Dec27 By Home Services Plumbers
How to Fix a Loose Toilet Handle

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

  1. Close the toilet lid to prevent parts or tools from falling in.
  2. Remove the toilet tank cover and set it aside on a flat, stable surface.
  3. Turn the valve on the wall behind the toilet to shut off the water supply.
  4. Flush the toilet to empty the tank. With the water turned off, it won’t refill.
  5. Find the handle mounting nut. It should be located inside the tank near the handle itself.
  6. Tighten the mounting nut with an adjustable wrench or pliers. Be careful not to over-tighten it, or you could crack the porcelain.
  7. Test the toilet handle to see if it feels more secure.
  8. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Unclasp the chain clip attached to the flush lever.
  4. Remove the handle mounting nut with an adjustable wrench or pliers.
  5. Pull the old handle out, which you can do by hand once the chain and nut are removed.
  6. Unscrew the mounting nut on the new toilet handle and set it in a safe place so you don’t lose it.
  7. Insert the new lever into the tank, matching the position of the old one.
  8. Secure the handle with the new mounting nut.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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