Toilets are a vital part of our daily lives. And when there is an issue—from a clogged toilet bowl to a running flush—it can disrupt our daily routine. 

But the good news is that most of these problems can be easily resolved with the right tools and know-how.  As such, we discuss below the common toilet problems Canberra homeowners face, along with a few useful tips to help you diagnose and fix them.

Tips and Tricks to Common Toilet Repair Problems

A Canberra homeowner plunging a clogged toilet

Here are the most common issues and quick solutions to help you save time, money, and hassle:

1. Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is one of the most common issues homeowners face. And it could happen due to numerous reasons, such as flushing down non-flushable items and weak flushing mechanisms.

To fix it, you may want to try using a plunger or a plumber's snake to clear the blockage. If these methods fail, it is best to call a professional plumber.

2. Continuous Running Toilet

If you hear a constant running sound from your toilet after flushing, it can be quite annoying. Not only will it lead to water wastage, but it is also a sign that something is wrong with your toilet. 

The most common reason for a continuously running toilet is a worn-out flapper valve. It's a good thing because replacing the flapper valve is quick and easy.

Also, check the water level in the tank; it should be between 1.5 to 2 inches below the overflow tube.

3. Weak Flushing Action

If your toilet flushes weakly or not at all, it is a sign of a clogged or blocked waste pipe. Such a problem happens when someone accidentally flushes down non-degradable items like sanitary pads or baby wipes.

To fix it, you may use a plunger to dislodge the clog. If it does not work, try using a drain snake to clear the drain or call an expert plumber.

4. Water Leaks

Water leaks in the toilet are not only a waste of water but can also damage your bathroom floor. The most common cause is a worn-out wax ring gasket that seals the toilet to the floor.

Inspect the wax ring and replace it if it is damaged. In some cases, tightening the bolts on the toilet base can fix the problem.

5. Loose or Leaky Toilet Handle

A loose or leaky toilet handle can be annoying and leave your toilet unusable. The solution is relatively simple. There is usually a nut that holds the handle in place. Tighten the nut to secure the handle.

If the handle still feels loose or is leaking, you may need to replace the handle and the accompanying mechanism within the tank.


Toilets are critical household fixtures that demand proper maintenance for optimal performance. Common issues such as clogs, leaks, weak flushing, and loose parts can be easily handled with basic tools, patience, and some technical know-how.

However, if the issue appears too complex or challenging, do not hesitate to call Level Plumbing Canberra on 02 6188 6088. We can handle plumbing repairs and resolve any toilet issues promptly.