The toilet is the most important part of your bathroom. It looks fairly simple on the outside, but the mechanics on the inside are simply amazing. The bowl leads to a siphon tube that curves up and then down. Any water in excess to the default water level spills over the edge of the siphon tube and is sent down into the sewer pipe. When you flush the toilet, a part called the ballcock raises and unplugs a valve that releases a large amount of excess water. This water is sent down into the bowl, creating a siphoning action sucking all existing water and content down the siphon tube into the sewer system.
A toilet tank consists of a tank filled with multiple parts, gallons of water and a toilet tank lid. When the toilet handle is pushed down, a toilet tank valve opens up causing the gallons of water inside to flush down into the toilet bowl. At that point, the siphoning action (as explained previously) begins.
Because of the many parts stored inside the toilet tank, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the problem with a broken toilet. The most common toilet repair involves the ballcock. When the chain from the lever becomes detached, the toilet will not flush. Removing the toilet tank lid and re-hooking the chain on the lever will fix this problem. If the tank is having problems refilling, or water continues to run after the tank is full, check that the ball float is properly raising the lift arm to shut off the water filler. A detailed image explaining these parts can be found on Wikipedia.
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