How to Repair a Toilet Handle that Is Loose

A toilet on a lime green background.
What You'll Need
Needle-nose pliers

One of the most frequent and annoying problems with anyone’s toilet is a faulty toilet handle. There is no doubt that the toilet is one of the most important and frequently used equipment in anyone’s home. It is therefore very inconvenient whenever there is something wrong with it. If you notice a problem with your toilet handle, it may not be necessary to call a plumber immediately. The following steps can help you resolve the problem on your own.

Step 1 - Detect the Problem

Before starting to fiddle with the handle, you need to make sure that the problem is not coming from somewhere else. If the handle tightens inflexibly, jiggles loosely, or moves up and down with no effect on the toilet, then the problem is indeed the handle.

Step 2 - Tighten the Handle

A toilet.

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

Step 3 - Shorten the Chain Length

It may be that you have to hold the toilet handle down when you flush. If you shorten the length of the chain, you would not have to do so anymore.

Step 4 - Fix the Tank Chains

Try to adjust any loose points in the tank’s chain. You can do this by using the needle-nose pliers to eliminate certain chain links. Conversely, you can also fasten the chain through another hole. If you notice any broken chains, make sure you replace them with new ones.

Step 5 - Clean the Tank’s Mounting Nut

A toilet in a small room.

Another problem may be the mounting nut, which is located on the tank’s inner side, right on the back of the handle. Lift off the tank lid and wipe the mounting nut thoroughly. If you notice any residual lime attached to it, use the brush and vinegar to wipe it off.

Step 6 - Call in a Plumber

If you go through all the steps and the problem persists, you would do well to call an expert plumber as a last resort. While it is important to try to get things fixed on your own, there is no doubt that expert opinion should be resorted to, since you may end up damaging your appliances rather than fixing them.

When any sort of problem with your toilet arises, it is vital to get to the root of the problem immediately. As we all know, a problem with our toilet would cause a significant inconvenience in our daily lifestyle. If the problem is a loose toilet handle, then you should be able to fix it and resume your daily life by following the simple steps just outlined.