Toilet Runs Constantly
Remove the tank lid. Is the tank empty? Check to see if something is holding the round rubber flapper valve in the bottom of the tank open. It could be a snarled flush chain you can untangle yourself, or the valve itself may have deteriorated and fallen to pieces. Is the tank full and is water pouring down the round overflow tube? That’s a sign of a defective fill valve — usually something you’ll want a plumber to handle.
Toilet Runs On and Off Intermittently
Often caused by slow seepage from the tank into the bowl. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait an hour, then check and see if you see coloring in the bowl. This indicates a leaky flapper valve. Replacement is usually the fix. Alternatively, sometimes a defective fill valve may actuate intermittently, as well.
Weak or Partial Flushes
Usually a problem with the flapper closing too soon. If there’s too much slack in the operating chain, the flapper may not open fully, then close too quickly, without releasing enough water from the tank. Take off the lid, push the flush handle and observe operation. The flapper should stay open until about 80 percent of the water in the tank has flushed into the bowl. If not, take up a few links of slack where the flush chain attaches to the flush handle and try again. Another cause is a deteriorated, water-logged flapper. Replacement by a plumber is advised.
Apollo Care Plan
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When planning your bathroom remodel, don’t forget the toilet. These vital fixtures are solid, long-lasting and generally require only minor repairs, such as replacing the flapper or fill valve. Existing toilets tend to become a permanently installed part of a house for decades.
Unfortunately, the excessive water usage typical of older toilets and the high water bills with it also become a permanent fixture. Planning your bathroom remodel is a perfect time to think about replacing old toilets with a newer model designed for efficiency and economy.
Toilet-flushing is the single most water-intensive activity in most homes and accounts for over 30 percent of total household water consumption. Toilets made before the 1980s may use up to seven gallons of water per flush (GPF.) Many are still on the job and still wasting water. Later models from the 1990s cut GPF in half.Schedule Service