Your toilet is an essential part of your home, and it’s pretty much impossible to go without it. That’s why every homeowner should learn basic fixes for their toilets. Today, we’re tackling how to raise your toilet’s water level.
Why adjust the water level?
Your toilet bowl water level is more important than you think. If it’s too low, there might not be enough water to flush the toilet properly and you could end up with frequent clogs. If it’s too high, your toilet can waste water by constantly running and could even become dangerously close to overflowing when you flush!
How to Raise the Water Level
Your toilet’s water level is determined by a float that turns the water supply on and off based on the water level in the tank (and in the bowl). To raise it, you’ll need to adjust the float, which will be one of two kinds. Before doing anything, turn off the toilet’s water supply.
A ball-and-arm float is a plastic ball shape connected to a metal arm. You can adjust it by taking these steps:
- Take a look at the float’s height in the tank when it’s full. The float should sit at the water level. Based on the height of the float, determine whether you want to raise or lower the water level.
- To adjust the water level, locate the screw attaching the float to the fill valve and turn it in small increments with a screwdriver to adjust the height of the float. Clockwise raises the water level and counterclockwise lowers it.
- Test the water level by flushing it, and make further adjustments as needed.
This float, which looks like a cup with a central cylinder running through the center, is much easier to adjust.
- Find the adjustment stem, a long, slender tube that connects to the fill valve and usually runs parallel to the fill valve or extends horizontally from the top.
- Locate the release clip on the adjustment stem, which connects the float to the stem.
- In many models, you’ll pinch the release clip to raise or lower the float.
- If not, you’ll use a screwdriver to adjust the water level, turn clockwise to lower it and counterclockwise to raise it.
- Test and make adjustments as needed.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a San Antonio plumber, contact Parker & Sons Plumbing.