The bathroom has always been a place of solitude for most people. It’s where they go to relieve themselves of stress that bore upon them during a hard day’s work, and usually that stress is relieved with a cool shower or a hot bath.
Surprisingly, the toilet and its internal workings are very important to everyone as well, especially in terms of relieving said stress through effective removal of bodily wastes. It is therefore important for you to have a toilet which works great and has exceptional features, especially in the realm of quiet flushing.
To be perfectly frank, most toilets can be retrofitted to run a little more silently without any need to buy a replacement toilet. A little self-tinkering can help you turn your noisy toilet into a quieter one, giving you and other people in the house a little more peace of mind while using it.
So before you put yourself in the market for a new and quieter toilet, here are a few tips to help your existing toilet run a little more silent.
The easiest thing to do when keeping you toilet quieter is to check for everything you can tighten with a screwdriver. It’s important not to just visually check things, but to carry that tool with you as well while you go.
It’s very commonplace for most pipes to have their clamps become loose over time, so check all places where the pipe is visible and tighten any loose clamp you can get your hands on.
Adjust water flow
If the sound of your flushing is still too much, it may be caused by a higher water pressure that’s coming from the water valve. To put it simply, you can adjust the water valve to reduce some of the noise coming from flushing.
In most cases, this valve is located outside the tank, behind the toilet and situated near the bottom. Adjust it accordingly, whether to maximum or lower, and try flushing during adjusting to find if that changes anything about the noise.
Blocking the sound
You can do something you’d normally do for doors and windows to block outside noise and apply it to your toilet. This is achieved by sealing in the frame of cracks with adhesive foam tape, which effectively blocks out some of the sound coming from the tank. Here’s a much more comprehensive guide on how to do that:
1. Firstly, remove the toilet tank’s lid. Usually, the tank lid is very easy to remove; you just have to lift it off. For toilets with chrome flush buttons sitting atop the tank, you might have to find guides on the Internet to remove your lid. Do your research accordingly.
2. Clean and dry the edges of the tank and the lid. This is to help the tape get more adhesiveness, in addition to just placing it. Be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies where moisture might’ve holed up.
3. Cut and place the adhesive foam tape around both the edges of the tank and the lid. The tape basically acts as a sealant material that covers the cracks between your toilet’s tank and lid, allowing it to block out sound coming from the internal workings of the tank.
4. Lightly press and close the lid. There may be a few cases where the tape could get caught on either the rim of the lid or the tank, and that could lead to having to remove it, so place the lid back on as lightly as you can.
Check the tank
If all else fails, the noisy inner workings might be caused by poor performance of the water tank itself. For most of these cases, it would be in your best interests to call a plumber in order to avoid a mess. There are also a lot of DIY tips available on the Internet which can help you adjust or alter the positions of the inner valves in order to achieve quieter flushing.
In some cases, there could be a large amount of water in the tank, and that could attribute to a thicker sound while flushing. You can try and drain some of the water by proper blockage in order to suppress some of these sounds.