How to Replace a Loose Toilet?

Handle A dangling toilet handle can disrupt your tranquility. When the affected toilet does not flush, the situation can get even worse. Do you have a loose toilet handle? If so, you are not alone. This issue affects a lot of people at some point. Luckily, it can be fixed easily.

How to Replace a Broken Toilet

Handle If you are unable to complete any of these steps on your own, keep in mind that we are always available. Our highly trained staff at SWR Plumbing is always available to assist. We will quickly fix your loose toilet handle, regardless of the cause.

How to Tighten the Handle on a Toilet

1. By closing the toilet seat cover, parts or tools won’t fall into the toilet bowl and the lid won’t get in the way.
2. Place the toilet tank cover on a flat surface after removing it with both hands. If your tank is porcelain, avoid dropping it because it may crack.
3. Turn off the water supply to the toilet. Typically, the shut-off valve is near the base of the toilet, behind the toilet. To stop the water from flowing, turn the knob or handle clockwise.
4. To empty the tank, flush the toilet. Do this so you can easily reach the handle and see what you’re doing.
5. Find the toilet handle nut. A loose toilet handle is frequently the result of a loose handle. On the handle’s underside, it is typically located inside the tank.
6. Use an adjustable wrench or pliers to tighten the toilet handle nut. Turn the nut clockwise until it is snug. Avoid over-tightening as this could damage the tank or handle.
7. Steps 5-7 should be repeated until the handle is tight if it is still loose. Congratulations if it feels better.
8. Restore water to the tank by turning the shut-off valve handle counterclockwise. Turn on the toilet’s water supply.
9. To check the handle, flush the toilet. If it works, you’re done. There may be another issue if the handle remains loose. Don’t give up; you can either call SWR Plumbing or replace your toilet handle by following the steps in the following section.
How to Change the Handle on a Toilet
1. Know what kind of toilet handle you need Check the handle on your toilet to see what brand, model, and manufacturer it is. A universal flush handle should be available at your neighborhood hardware store if you cannot locate the information.
2. Close the toilet seat cover, take off the tank cover, turn off the water supply, and flush the toilet as in the previous section.
3. Unclip the chain clip You will find the flush handle and a chain or wire attached to it in the toilet tank. A flapper valve is connected to the chain’s opposite end. The “chain clip” is the clip that holds the chain in place. Uncinch it.
4. Take out the mounting nut. Do you recall the nut that we told you to tighten in the previous section? This is it, then. To remove it, turn it counterclockwise with a wrench. It should be simple to remove the attached parts and flush the handle. In that case, pull gently but firmly.
5. Remove the old handle If you were successful in removing the chain and nut, you should be able to easily remove the old handle. You may need to angle it or use pliers if it is stuck.
6. On your new handle, loosen the mounting nut. This usually is on the handle’s underside. Remove the screw and store it somewhere safe to avoid losing it.
7. Install the new mounting nut by gently screwing it in place by hand. Due to the risk of damaging the handle, do not over-tighten it.
8. Gently push the new handle into the tank hole until it is tight. You might need to cut the shaft down to make it fit if it’s a universal handle.
9. Connect the chain again: Connect one end of the chain or wire to the new handle and the other to the flapper valve. The chain should have some slack in it so that it doesn’t get too tight when you flush.
10. Restore water to the tank by turning the shut-off valve handle counterclockwise. Turn on the water supply.
11. Try the new handle by flushing the toilet. If it works, you’re done. Congratulations!
If you are still unable to fix your loose toilet handle despite following the steps in this article, please get in touch with us. We are happy to assist you in troubleshooting the issue and finding a workable solution. Contact us right away at 1800 255 372 to speak with a member of our helpful team.