Upgrading Your Pipes

Quiet Your Toilet For A Better Night's Sleep

As convenient as having a bathroom share a wall with your bedroom is, it can be a disruptive element when it comes to overnight flushing. If the toilet flushing at night is disrupting your sleep, it's time to do something about it. Here, you'll find a couple ideas about what you can do to quiet the flush and avoid those nightly wake-ups.

Seat Silence

When you're half-asleep, it can be hard to remember to keep the seat quiet as you open and close it. Instead of dealing with the slamming seat at night, you can upgrade your toilet seat to a slow-closing style seat. These seats have mechanisms in the hinges that keep the seat from slamming down on the bowl.

Another option is to invest in some small rubber pads to adhere to the bottom of the seat and on the top edge of the toilet tank – the area where the toilet seat lid hits the tank. These pads will eliminate the crashing noise that occurs when you open and close the toilet seat in a hurry.

Shush the Flush

You have two options – avoid flushing until you you wake up in the morning or do something to shush the flush.

One problem that could be causing an issue is air inside the waterlines. If you hear a loud clang, you are hearing what is commonly referred to as a "water hammer" sound. This happens as the air in the pipes moves through the lines and causes the pipes to vibrate. When the water reaches the fill limit inside the tank, the water valve slams shut.

This sound can be reduced by installing a water hammer arrestor. This is a small brass fitting that connects to the water line and helps to release the trapped air. This fixture has a small air reservoir that cushions the force of the air in the waterlines when the valve slams shut.

Another sound that can be irritating is the whistling or screeching sound that can occur as the tank fills with water following a flush. This is oftentimes caused by dirt built up in or around the fill valve.

You can silence this sound by shutting off the water to the toilet and cleaning the valve opening with a little bit of CLR cleaner. Pour a little bit of the CLR into a small bowl. Dip a cleaning toothbrush into the cleaner and scrub the valve opening. Restore the water and test it out. If the whistling persists, repeat the process until it stops.

Talk with your local plumber if you fail to quiet your toilet. He or she will assist you in determining what the problem is and what needs to be done to resolve it. Your plumber will also determine whether your system is still functional or you need a plumbing replacement