Does Your Toilet Constantly Run?

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Are You Throwing Money Down The Toilet?

Does your toilet make constant dripping noises when it’s not being used? Or do you hear the tank filling up, even when it hasn’t been flushed? Your toilet flapper could be leaking.

 

What Is The Toilet Flapper?

It’s the plastic piece on the bottom of the tank that is attached to the chain that lifts up and down when someone flushes the toilet.

What Causes A Flapper To Leak?

Over time, toilet flappers can begin to degrade due to normal wear-and-tear. Also using chemical disinfectants will eat away at the flapper. If your toilet flapper is worn out, it won’t be able to seal up the bottom of your toilet tank properly. When this happens, water from the tank will seep through the openings in the flapper and drip down into the bowl. After enough water has dripped out, the tank will have to refill itself with water even though it hasn’t been flushed. What a waste of water!

What To Do If Your Flapper Is Leaking.

Some people choose to replace toilet flappers on their own. You can purchase them in Frisbees Parts Dept. Make sure you purchase the correct part, as some toilets require different sized or slightly different shaped flappers. In order to do this, you’ll need:

  • Turn off the water supply to the toilet
  • Drain the tank
  • Unhook the chain from the tank
  • Disconnect the old flapper
  • Clean up the seal under the flapper
  • Install the new flapper and reattach chain

If you choose to do this on your own, it’s important that the chain and flapper are reattached correctly with the right amount of slack in order for it to flush properly again.

If you’d rather not perform this repair on your own, or if you’re nervous about doing it the right way, contact Frisbees! We’d be happy to replace that leaking toilet flapper for you.