Something that you wouldn’t like to have in the bathroom is a bad smell.
There can be several reasons behind this, and one most quoted reason is the dropping water level in the tank.
As the water level drops down, the tank starts getting dry. The dried interior can result in a blocked vent or clogging. Thus, in the end, it will result in a bad odor.
Reasons Behind Dropping Water Levels
There are two major causes behind the constantly dropping water levels. It is either the cracked toilet bowl or the clogged drain vent.
In both cases, things can worsen for the toilet bowl as the water will continue dropping down.
The toilet bowl with the crack makes the water run down into the puddle on the floor, or it will go down the drainpipe in an excessive amount.
A clogged drain vent is another reason behind the dropping water levels in the toilet bowl. The drains are connected to the sewer and the vent at the top of your house.
As the water keeps flowing down the drain, it will create a seal. This seal reduces the pressure as the gravity lessens too. This is the process behind the flushing in the toilets.
The vent system works so that the air rushes to the low-pressure areas of the drain. Thus, the air would not draw into the drain causing serious harm.
Diagnosing The Problems
What is causing the dropping water levels? This can be hard to diagnose. If there is a hairline crack, it can be hard to check.
Checking the vent can be hard as it needs you to climb up the roof for inspection?
Finding The Crack In The Toilet Bowl
- Open the faucets provided the toilet is full.
- Check for the gurgling sounds. If the gurgling sound comes, it shows that there is some problem with the vent.
- Turn off all the faucets until you are done.
- Fill the toilet to the maximum level. Mark the location of the water.
- Wait for at least one or two hours.
- If the water level lowers, there is some problem with the toilet bowl, and there is a leakage in the toilet bowl.
- Remove the caps or debris that you may find after opening the vent.
- Spray the water into the vent. If it overflows, there is a blockage that is not letting the water go down.
- The clogging can be due to toilet papers, mold growing due to moisture, or any other means of obstruction.
To get rid of the blockage, use an auger. Place it deep into the bathroom tank and rotate. Keep moving the auger until you find the tough spot.
It is very important to keep the water level at an adequate level in the tank. The water level determines that the toilet bowl is working just the right way as you like.
In case you find a problem, simply check the system. Don’t ignore the minutest change in the bowl. It can lead to serious situations in the future.