My toilet seat will not stay up
My toilet seat will not stay up
Keeping a toilet lid and seat open is an issue for many households around the world. Having to place a toilet seat up after it’s fallen exposes you to germs and is unsanitary. There are toilet seat hook gadgets on the market that are practical and helpful, but they will only help you in the short term. Long term fixes such as fixing screws, hinges, and replacing your old toilet seat with a new and stay-put toilet seat will save you time and effort.
How to know if your toilet seat will not stay up
- When you lift the seat or lid with your hand and one or both fall closed.
- When you lift either the seat or lid and one or the other closes.
- When you hear it slam shut during a visitor’s bathroom use.
- When you check the toilet seat and see loose screws, broken parts, or wobbly hinges.
- When you sit down you feel the seat move back and forth.
Reasons why toilet seat will not stay up
It’s just too old. Sometimes you’ll have a toilet seat for years and years, and you won’t upgrade them until they stop working. Or perhaps the toilet and seat came with the house. If this sounds like you, it’s time to upgrade to a self-opening and self-closing toilet seat.
Heavy handedness. You could have a bathroom user who is heavy handed and shuts or opens doors forcefully or with some gusto. Adults, teens, and children are all known to be in a hurry to go to work, hang out with friends, or play. Rapidly opening and slamming shut the toilet seat will wear down and age your seat and hinges over time, causing it to fall shut. You should try a slow-close toilet seat for your on the go lifestyle.
The parts are loose. Family Handyman instructs that you may have to replace the toilet seat bolt, toilet seat nut, and rubber bushing. Another method is to place toilet seat stabilizers, stoppers, and bumpers on the bottom of the toilet seat to prevent a hard impact between the toilet seat and the porcelain bowl. You’ll want to read the article to see what tools you’ll need.
The downside of having a falling toilet seat
- It’s annoying and many people find it gross to touch a toilet seat for longer than a few seconds.
- There are 13,175 toilet related injuries every year, so you may want to look before you sit down or replace that toilet seat.
- Small hands and even genitals are at risk of being injured from a heavy and unstable toilet seat. 100 boys each year are taken to the emergency room due to penile injuries from toilet seats.
- Accidents and messes. Pets and even kids play inside the bathroom or toilet, leaving them vulnerable to a slamming seat.
- Interrupted sleep. If you or your family are light sleepers a toilet seat slamming in the middle of the night or during a nap is terrifying.
- Leaking cash. Over time, repetitive lid and seat slamming can cause cracks and splits in the wood or plastic. This can cause you to have to purchase another toilet seat sooner.
- Yuck factor. Falling toilet seats lead to cracks and crevices that harbor bacteria from waste and excess cleaning products over time causing dermatitis in some cases.
The benefits of having a stabilized, slow-closing, or self-closing toilet seat
- Germs. You won’t have to touch the dirty surface of a toilet for longer than what’s necessary. With a self-opening and closing toilet seat, you won’t have to touch it at all.
- Kid-friendly. You won’t have to worry about children’s fingers and hands getting hurt by a falling seat.
- Time-friendly. Slow closing seats will give children learning to potty train more reaction time.
- Peace of mind. You won’t get woken up or startled by the sound of the toilet seat hitting the porcelain.
- Increased safety. You won’t have to worry about the toilet seat causing any injuries to family, friends, and pets.
- Save money. It will reduce the need to purchase another toilet seat at a faster rate, protecting the integrity of the toilet seat over time, and also keeping the toilet seat and your bottom in tip-top condition.
What to do about falling toilet seats
- Purchase a toilet seat that is slow-closing, soft-closing, or self-closing. Remember to measure your toilet bowl length first to determine if you need a round, elongated, or another type of seat.
- Buy a new toilet seat and lid with a warranty. Read the fine print. You may not return the toilet seat the hardware store, but you can probably get a replacement from the manufacturer.
- Fix it by using tools and by checking out this video on how to fix a falling toilet seat. This may cost you some money to replace the parts, but is worth it if you are saving money or just want to do it yourself.
- Buy a tightening kit from your local hardware store. This is an easy way to do it, just remember to look at the type of toilet you have and cross reference to make sure that it will be compatible with the kit.
- Or follow these directions as told by The Today Show. The segment does a good job of easily explaining how to fix a falling toilet seat.
We can all agree that a falling toilet seat is an annoyance and a safety and health risk for everyone. Make a small investment in the short term that will benefit you in the long run. Make the leap and purchase a bathroom product that will make it more enjoyable and safer to use the bathroom. Or keep your skin and immune system healthy by fixing and maintaining the integrity of your already existing toilet seat. For further peace of mind, it’s worth it to replace your worn out toilet seat with a new quiet-close, soft-close, or self-opening and closing toilet seat.