Your toilet is one of the most used parts of your home, and when you start to have toilet issues, like a squeaky toilet seat, it can be highly frustrating. Your toilet system needs to be working in the best condition.
It could mean it is loose when you open and close the toilet lid or sit down on the seat and make a squeaking noise.
It would help if you did not ignore your toilet seats if they’re squeaking, as leaving them in such a condition can cause further damage to your toilet suites, such as the toilet bowl and toilet base. It would also be uncomfortable for whoever was using the toilet. So immediately fix your noisy toilet seat and contact professional plumbers to handle the plumbing job.
Why does my toilet creak?
There are a few reasons why the lid of your toilet is noisy. The constant movement of the toilet seat lid, sitting, and heavy put-ons on the toilet could have made the nuts and bolts loose.
The bolts and nuts could be worn out over time and may need to be changed.
When a toilet seat makes noises, like whining instead of squeaking, the valve in the toilet could be partially closed, or there may be an issue with the ballcock assembly. You can repair a squeaky toilet seat with minimal help and a few tools you can find in your local hardware store.
How do I fix a wobbly toilet seat?
If you want to fix a squeaking toilet or a loose toilet seat, it is relatively easy to do, and you can use most tools from a hardware store:
- Expose the bolts used to secure the seat in place. If the bolts are covered with a plastic flap, you can use a screwdriver to open the screw covers. Since most are made of plastic and they break easily, be very careful. Use dry lubricant spray on joints where you cannot remove a surface to access the joint easily.
- You can tighten the bolts by using a screwdriver and turning clockwise until they are tight. Some bolts spin without tightening, and if this is the case, you will need to use pliers to grip the nut head, and with pliers, carefully turn the screwdriver clockwise from below.
- You can alternatively tighten the bolts from under the bowl. Using a ratchet wrench to tighten the bolts on a toilet seat is easier.
- Squirt a small amount of spray lubricant into the hinges at the back of the toilet seat. Open the lid and seat to work the spray lubricant throughout the hinges. Hinges tend to be tight and squeak, especially if the seat is new. Be sure to wipe off the excess lubricant once you’re done.
- If the toilet seat bolts refuse to tighten or break off, you may need to replace them. You can find the nuts in any home improvement or hardware store. To remove the bolts, use a hacksaw blade. Find a hacksaw that is appropriate in size so as not to damage the toilet.
Toilet seat tightening kit
You may also purchase a toilet seat tightening kit from your local hardware or home improvement store.
These kits have everything you need to successfully repair toilet seats, such as washers and wrenches, from making noise and moving.
They are user-friendly and should have an easy step-by-step guide.
- Carefully remove the damaged nuts from the seat.
- Search the kit for washers and place a new rubber washer onto the new bolts under the toilet bowl. Attach the but back onto the bolt.
- Reattach the toilet seat and ensure that it is aligned correctly. You will have to tighten the nuts by hand and then with the wrench to make another 1/4 turn to pull it entirely.
- Wipe away any dirt and grime and test the toilet seat to ensure it is secure.
Don’t leave your squeaking toilet seat unattended. If left longer, this can cause other problems that not even a new one will be enough to solve. Call our fast plumbers to do the plumbing job for you if you’ve got other toilet problems, whether minor ones like a faulty float valve, the ball tap being a bit loose, or a significant plumbing problem.