A running toilet is an irritating problem that can leave you wondering if you’re in need of a new toilet. One of the most common solutions to a running toilet, however, is simply replacing the flapper. The flapper is a rubber “clog” that holds water in the tank until you flush the toilet. It creates a water-tight seal to hold water in the tank when the toilet is not in use. The rubber can wear down over time, causing failure to create a good seal, leaving your toilet running. Fortunately, changing a toilet flapper is pretty easy. It is also an inexpensive part to replace.
- First, shut the water to the toilet off and flush the toilet to drain the water from the tank.
- Take the old flapper out of the toilet tank by un-hooking the chain from the rod that connects to the toilet handle.
- Disconnect the flapper from both sides of the overflow tube and remove the old flapper.
Because there are many different sizes and configurations of flappers, you should take your old flapper to your hardware store and try to find an identical replacement. Once you get your new flapper,
- Attach the flapper just as the old one was connected, first by hooking it into the overflow tube and then attaching the chain to the toilet handle rod.
- Once the new flapper is securely in place, turn the water back on to the toilet and flush it a few times to test it out.
Running toilets can be frustrating and can slowly pour more to your growing utility bills. If you have any questions about your toilet or flapper replacement, feel free to contact us to learn more or for professional help.