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How To Stop A Squeaking Toilet Seat

Is your toilet seat making annoying squeaky noises when you use it? Don't worry, we have made this guide for you to find and resolve the issue behind that annoying sound!

Many of us have previously encountered a squeaky toilet seat, and this high-pitched noise is extremely annoying.

Besides being an annoyance, the squeaky noise indicates that there may be some problem with the toilet seat. And if you leave it unattended, your toilet seat may become unstable and unsafe.

When your toilet seat starts squeaking suddenly, you should try to fix it as soon as possible. But if you have no experience with toilet repairs, you might not know how to do it.

That is why we have prepared this brief guide where we discuss an easy process you can follow to stop your toilet seat from squeaking. Without waiting any further, let’s get started.

The Reasons Behind A Squeaky Toilet Seat

Before fixing a squeaky toilet seat, it is essential to know what leads to this problem in the first place. Once you identify the cause, resolving the issue becomes easier, so we have narrowed down the causes of a squeaky toilet.

1. Loose Fittings

This is probably the most common reason behind a squeaky toilet, as a toilet seat is attached to the bowl with the help of nuts and screws. A hinge connects the seat to the toilet bowl, which controls opening and closing.

If any of these components were to become loose, the contact points between the bowl and the seat would be compromised, causing the squeaking noise.

Also, the nuts and hinges become loose after extensive or improper usage, and when you keep using them despite the squeaking, they will loosen further. This will eventually make the whole toilet seat unstable, so if you sit on it at that point, you may fall and injure yourself, which makes it a safety risk.

2. Inadequate Lubrication

Another reason that may cause your toilet seats to become squeaky is the lack of lubrication in the joints. As mentioned, the toilet seat is attached to the bowl with hinges, nuts, and screws. Usually, these are lubricated to facilitate smooth opening and closing.

Since you will be using the toilet several times a day, the lubricant may dry up, which, in turn, will make the joints squeaky. It may also occur in a dry area since the lack of moisture will make the lubricant dry up faster than usual.

How To Stop A Squeaking Toilet Seat?

Fixing a squeaky toilet seat may be tricky at first, especially if you are not a DIYer. But trust us, it is pretty simple, and you can do it with some standard household tools.

The process that you can follow for this purpose has been described below.

Step 1

First, you will need to turn off the water supply to your toilet and close the toilet seat. That way, you won’t need to worry about water splashing onto your face or body.

Step 2

In most cases, the screws on the back of the toilet seat will be protected by a plastic cover. Using a standard screwdriver, gently pry the screw cover to expose the screws and bolts connecting the seat to the bowl.

You mustn't apply too much pressure when opening the screw cover. The plastic structure is fragile and may break or crack under excessive force.

Step 3

It is time to locate the nuts that fasten the screws and bolts. They are typically located below the toilet seat and are hidden away from view. So, feel the bottom of the toilet seat with your hands until you find them.

After locating them, you need to secure them properly, and to do this, you will need to hold the nuts in place with a pair of pliers. Simultaneously, you need to tighten the screws and bolts on top of the seat with a screwdriver.

Do not tighten the screws too much, as this may crack the toilet seat, especially if it is made of plastic.

Step 4

Repeat the above step for the remaining screws and bolts on the toilet seat. After you are done, try to wiggle the seat slightly to ensure it has been properly attached. Then, put a little lubricant over the screws to reduce friction.

Step 5

Wipe any excess lubricant from the toilet seat with a rag or wet cloth. Then, reattach the screw caps and firmly secure them, so they don’t come off.

Fixing Your Squeaky Toilet Seat

That is how you can easily stop your toilet seat from squeaking. As you can see from the process we have outlined, it is not very difficult to do on your own, even without any prior experience.

It will not take much time either, and you can get it done within half an hour at most. So, the next time your toilet starts squeaking, we suggest you read this guide to fix it without difficulty.

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