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How To Fix A Loose Toilet Handle

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One of the most common and bothersome issues that can arise in restrooms is a malfunctioning toilet handle. The toilet is a crucial and heavily used piece of equipment in any facility. Therefore, it can cause significant inconvenience when it is not functioning properly.

Why Is The Toilet Handle Loose?

Toilet handles can be loose for several reasons, with the most common being wear and tear. Other reasons for loose toilet handles could be:

  • Loose chain/arm
  • Loose nut
  • Worn-out handle
  • Worn-out flapper

How To Fix It:

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Tighten the handle

Locate the nut on the inner side of your toilet and use a wrench to tighten it. Make sure that you turn the wrench in a clockwise direction, or you will end up loosening it more. Once you tighten the nut, check the toilet handle again and see if it is still loose.

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Adjust the lift chain

If the handle is loose because the lift chain is too long, you can adjust it. Locate the chain and adjust it so that it is the proper length. This will ensure that the handle is secure and the toilet flushes properly.

Check the toilet flapper

If the flapper is worn out, it can cause the handle to become loose. Replace the flapper to fix the problem. In some cases, the problem may be more severe and may require the replacement of the whole flush valve. This is a more complex fix and should only be done by a professional plumber.

Tips To Avoid Looseness

Toilet handles will wear out eventually after frequent use, that’s a given. However, there are ways that you can avoid having a loose toilet.

  • Avoid exerting too much force on the handle. The handle may be made from metal, but the inner components are made from plastic which means they can easily break.
  • Replace the tank’s mounting nut often to keep the handle tight and ready to flush.

Contact Express Facility Management

Fixing a loose toilet handle in a commercial property is important as it can lead to frequent repairs and unhappy customers. By determining the cause of the problem, whether it be a loose set screw, worn-out handle, or worn-out flapper, and taking the appropriate steps to fix it, you can ensure that your toilets are functioning properly, and your customers are happy.

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