Q&A:Two-Piece Toilet Maintenance

Q: What maintenance is there to do on my two-piece toilet, and can I do it myself?
 
A: The two most common repairs or maintenance items on a two-piece toilet are the fill valve and the flapper, which usually last about 8 years. Tank-to-bowl gaskets should be replaced every 10 years or so.
As to whether the average person can change these themselves or not depends on the individual, and on their housing situation. For instance, most strata complexes demand that plumbing repairs be done by a licensed plumber.
 
(Refer to our schematic drawing on our website at http://www.homewiseplumbing.ca/tipsadvice/how-gravity-flow-toilet-works for a detailed picture of a toilet and it's parts.)