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Fixing Your Toilet: How To? | Save Water Newton

Fixing Your Toilet: How To?

Fixing Your Toilet: How To?

If you suspect your toilet of a leak contact Newton Water & Sewerage Authority for a water test kit.

 

If you found out your toilet is leaking, WATCH THIS VIDEO, and then follow the steps below!

 

Leaking Flapper

This happens when water leaks through the hole at the bottom center of the tank under the flapper because the flapper does not seat  properly. There are two possible culprits for this: the flapper chain or the  flapper itself. The flapper chain connects the flush handle arm to the flapper.  Sometimes the chain gets twisted, snagged, or caught on the handle arm, which  shortens the chain’s length, holding up the flapper so it can’t seat fully. The  ideal chain length has some slack when the handle arm is at rest and the flapper  is fully seated. Make sure the flapper chain is untangled. Flush the toilet a  few times to assure the chain does not re-tangle and the flapper seats properly.  Later, replace the old chain with a new one.
Follow these instructions to repair or replace the flapper:

Step 1 – Test the Flapper

With tank lid off, handle at rest, and toilet seat up, push down the flapper.  If the water stops running into the bowl, the flapper needs to be repaired or  replaced.

Step 2 – Test the Chain and Hinges

Make sure the chain end is fastened securely to the flapper loop, so the  flush handle operates the flapper correctly. Make sure the flapper hinges are  attached securely onto their posts (bottom of overflow tube), so the flapper  floats up and down freely.
If the flapper still does not seat correctly, then install a new flapper.

Step 3 – Shut off the Water

Turn the shut-off valve (below the tank) clockwise to shut off the tank’s  water supply. Remove tank water by flushing the toilet.

Step 4 – Remove the Old Flapper

Disconnect the chain from the top of the flapper. Disconnect the flapper’s  hinges from their posts. Remove the old flapper.

Step 5 – Install the New Flapper

Attach the chain to the new flapper, then set the flapper in place, attaching  it to the hinge. Connect the chain to the flush handle arm. Now you can turn the  water back on.

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Running Overflow Tube

Sometimes, tank water is flowing over the top of the overflow tube in the  middle of the tank. Check the tank water level; optimal level is a 1/2-inch  below the top of the overflow tube. If water flows into the top of the overflow  tube, then the float assembly’s adjustable float is not working properly.  Readjust the float by increasing the length of the rod connecting the float to  its arm. If float adjustment does not stop the water level at a 1/2-inch below  the overflow tube top, then replace the old float assembly with a new one,  following these instructions:

Step 1 – Turn the Water Off

Turn the shut-off valve (below the tank) clockwise to shut off the tank’s  water supply. Remove tank water by flushing the toilet, scooping out leftover  water, and drying with rags.

Step 2 – Remove the Old Float Assembly

Loosen and remove the nut at the bottom of the float assembly at underside of  the tank. Unclip the float arm from the overflow tube and remove the old float  assembly.

Step 3 – Install the New Float Assembly

To install a new float assembly, reverse the above steps. Clip the float arm  to the overflow tube and secure the the nut at the bottom of the float assembly  at underside of the tank. That done, turn the water back on and adjust the float  to the proper depth.
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