The sturdiest component of your home plumbing system is the toilet. However, I would guess that there has never been a home that has not had problems.
Problems such as a runny toilet, a clogged toilet, and a leaky tank are some of the most common you can have with your toilet.
Another common problem is a toilet seat that keeps falling. This can be a real nuisance but fixing this problem is not a difficult task.
Luckily, most of the plumbing problems you can fix yourself pretty easily, instead of calling a plumber and making him your new best friend. If you have had or will have this issue here are suggestions as to how you can fix a toilet seat that keeps falling.
How Do you Fix a Toilet Seat that Keeps Falling off?
1. Seat Placement Is Too Far Back In the Direction of the Tank
The most common reason for your toilet seat not staying up is the seat could have been placed too far back in the direction of the tank. When a new toilet is installed, the toilet seat angle is usually set beyond 90 degrees to the bowl.
The toilet seat after installation needs to be comfortably resting on the toilet tank. If this angle is less than 90 degrees for whatever reason, the toilet seat will keep falling.
If you find yourself in such a situation, here’s how to fix this problem. What you need: a screwdriver and pliers.
The seat is attached to two mounting bolts that are sometimes covered at its rear with the nuts on the underside. The nuts need to be loosened and removed, which depending on the age and condition of the toilet may or may not be a problem.
Be very careful when rotating hard to turn nuts with the pliers as you don’t want the pliers to slip and hit the toilet or something else. If you feel this might occur, protect areas close to the workspace.
Unscrew the seat, move it forward as far as you can away from the tank. Then screw it back. This should give the seat that extra length and angle to stay up.
2. The Toilet Seat May Be Too Thick/Heavy
Another reason could be the toilet seat could be too thick/heavy. This may come about if you have the wrong toilet seat and toilet lid combination.
The combination may be thick. This will cause the seat not to hold its weight. The toilet seat will sit less than that 90-degree angle, making it fall.
Another reason that makes your toilet seat cover heavy is the toilet seat and toilet lid cover. This adds that extra weight which shifts the balance of the toilet seat, making it fall every time.
Picking out the new seat and making sure you get the right size should solve this.
Remove the old seat, and take it to your local hardware or home improvement store to match it up. There are all kinds of varieties and finding one suitable for you should be easy.
If not, then your seat cover is just too heavy and you’ll keep having the problem.
3. The Toilet Is Not Level
Sometimes your toilet bowl could not be level and this could cause the seat to keep falling. To check this, close your toilet lid, grab a level and place it on the closed toilet lid.
If you don’t have a level, take your smartphone; go to the apps store (play store or apple store). Download a level/measuring app, then use your smartphone as a level as stated above.
If your level shows that your toilet is slanting either to the front or back, you will need to buy toilet wedges. They are easy to install and are inexpensive to purchase.
These wedges look like tiny door stops. They are placed by sliding them under the base of your toilet to make it level depending on which side is slanting.
Since your toilet seat does not sit upright, you will need to place these wedges at the front of the base of the toilet.
It counters that shift and levels the toilet. After this is done, take your level and measure. If it is level, check with the toilet seat and ensure it sits upright.
4. A Cracked Or Broken Seat
A cracked or broken toilet seat can be a real nuisance and can cause the seat not to hold up properly. Changing your toilet seat is not a very difficult task.
You can find different styles of replacement seats commercially. Just go pick one that suits you and you are on your way.
Be careful to select the right size. There are only two standard sizes; the elongated and the round when it comes to toilet bowls so this should not be a problem.
All you need to do is lift the toilet seat and remove the two nuts on the hinges that hold the seat in place on the toilet bowl. After you have removed the nuts lift you then lift the seat off.
In case the nuts are rusted or corroded and not coming off easily use some oil to loosen them. After removing the seat, simply place the new seat on the toilet and screw the nuts in place.
In case you are replacing the toilet, the steps to replace the old seat is simple. You will begin by scrapping the old wax gasket .
For this type of work, a putty knife would be your best choice. You’ll start by removing the old bolts and scraping the flange clean will work to prevent any leaks at the base of the bowl.
Level the floor flange with the floor at the bottom. A finished flooring material should be used in case the floor doesn’t run beneath the toilet. This makes the screws that hold the floor flange tightened into place.
To make sure that all of your floor bolts line up with the center of the drainpipe, set them in plumber’s putty before inserting them through the flange.
Turn upside down your new toilet bowl and attach the wax gasket over the horn (waste outlet) at the bottom of the bowl. You will use the plumbers putty to seal up any loose ends, especially as you lower the bowl in place over the flange using the bolts as guidelines.
Once on the ground carefully press down while giving a twist until you feel the bowl being pushed into the wax ring. This will get you a good seal.
Ensure that the wax ring isn’t too cold otherwise it’ll be too hard for the toilet bowl to seat properly and this could result in the same problem you’re trying to fix. if the bowl isn’t level and not aligned with the wall, you can add shims.
Then hand tighten the nuts and washers onto the bolts. For a firm fit you might use a rubber tank cushion and add it onto the rear of the bowl.
Then fit the rubber gasket onto the flush valve opening on the bottom. Positioning the tank over the bowl, tighten the nuts and washers onto the mounting bolts as well as the hold-down bolts at the base with an adjustable wrench.
During the entire process you should constantly use a level to ensure that the toilet bowl is still level throughout the process.
Using a plumber putty(or silicone caulk), seal the base of the bowl after filling the decorative caps with the plumber’s putty and putting them over the head of the bolts, you should be nearly finished.
Finally cut the end out of your supply line stub and attach a shut-off valve. This valve will connect to the flexible tubing. Connect the tubing to the bottom of the tank where a supply stub out will be visible.
5. Misuse of the Toilet
Repeatedly slamming the toilet seat may cause a lot of damage to the seat itself and the hinges and screws also. If you live with feisty kids who do this, getting a toilet seat that has slow-close hinges is the best way to go.
These kinds of hinges prevent anyone from slamming the toilet seat, preventing any damages to the seat.
6. Installation of Rubber Toilet Seat Washers
The screws in the seat cover may become loose, due to misuse or just the daily use of it. If you notice this issue, you should consider purchasing washers.
They are not expensive and they are easy to install. Then, unscrew the toilet seat and lid off. Place the washers between the screws and toilet seats. This will give the seat more support and make it last longer.
7. Cleaning the Screw Hinge
Over time, residue may build up under the screw hinges. To fix this, you will need to remove the screws using the required screwdriver. If the screws keep spinning, use pliers to hold the nuts from the other side.
This will be sufficient enough to untighten the screws. After removing the seat, clean where the screws were, using a clean cloth.
Clean thoroughly to get rid of all the dust that gathered, to allow the screws to move better after reinstalling back the seat cover.
Every toilet has spacers on the underside. The spacers help your toilet seat from resting on the actual toilet bowl. Having the wrong toilet seat size can cause these spacers to slip.
If you cannot make out the size of your toilet seat, take a photo of your toilet without the seat.
Visit a hardware store and they will help you figure that out. Also getting the right toilet seat for your toilet is important just as it is the exact size of it. This is to avoid being uncomfortable when using your toilet.
8. A Wobbly Or Lose Toilet Seat
A wobbly or loose toilet seat could be the reason it keeps falling. It’s important that you fix A loose or wobbly toilet seat because it’s not only uncomfortable and sometimes aggravating, but it can prove to be very dangerous.
Fixing this problem is just as easy as a simple do-it-yourself operation for those handy with tools. The movement of the toilet seat is due to the loose screws that are holding the toilet seat.
The screws are located under the plastic caps that attach to the porcelain commode in the back section of the toilet.
Start by prying the caps to expose the screws Using a flathead screwdriver. The screws can be either metal or plastic.
Place the seat at the center then tighten each screw by twisting the screwdriver clockwise. You can use your hand or a pair of pliers to hold firmly the nut to tighten it. Do the same operation on both sides of the toilet.
After you’re done, wiggle the toilet seat to confirm that it is sufficiently tight be careful not to overtighten the screws to avoid stripping the threads on the screws just let the screws snug, but tightening them too much could.
Finally close the caps and continue to use your toilet seat.
Toilet seats that keep on failing are pretty annoying and to some extent dangerous. It’s important to ensure that you, and any visitors to your bathroom, are safe and comfortable.
Before you fix it, this nerve-racking problem. ensure you have the appropriate tools and correct details about what is the problem with your toilet seat. The operation is simple and as you have come to find out you don’t even need to call a plumber!