Why? A flapper costs 99cents for the cheap ones, maybe $4.99 for the
expensive ones and takes less than 10 minutes to change. Then it last
for 5-10 years as the rubber ages and deteriorates. There isn't
anything much cheaper and easier to do in home maintenance.
Don't overlook the seal between the seat and the tank.
That is the likely culprit if the flapper is leaking. Try tightening it
first but you may have to improvise a tool. The proper tool comes with a
Are you certain it is the flapper?
How about the overflow tube? Is it above the water line? If it is shoved
too far down into the overflow tube it will siphon.
The best way to handle this is to watch it work. Take the cover off the
toilet tank and watch the flushing operation. When the flapper seats, put a
little pressure on it and see if you can make it seat better. Sometimes
these things just get old and out of alignment and don't position themselves
properly anymore, so a little tinkering with it may make all the difference.
My house has three bathrooms and of the three, there is one toilet that has
been a continual problem for the houses 18 year life. The other two are
just fine. For that one, it will "top off" about three or four times a day.
Not as bad as your problem, but still a PITA. I have put in several new
valves and floats of different types, several different types of flappers,
resurfaced the seat for the flapper with some 600 grit sandpaper and a
sanding block, checked to make sure everything is tight, took the thing
apart and put in all new sealants, and still it leaks. I was talking to a
neighbor not too long ago and he told me that he had the same problem with
one of his toilets (oddly enough, he had the same model house and it was the
toilet in the same location in his house). He replaced the toilet and no
more problem. I just might be in the market for a new toilet myself. That
might be a problem too because I think I might have to go out of state to
get a toilet that isn't a "water conserving" type.
Don't bother. The better water conserving types are great and they need
not be expensive. When they first came out and the contractor's specials
that are put in most homes are junk so many people think they all are junk.
It is just not so.
I have a Briggs toilet whose flapper started leaking. The replacement
flappers available at the home stores all leaked, too. I looked closely
at the original and it was different in important ways; I had to trim
parts off the replacement flapper to make it actually fit properly.
Could NOT find a Briggs part; some of the home stores carried Briggs
toilets, but no parts for them.
To his numbed, buttock-shifting listeners, the great sonorous self-regarding
orotund bromidic banality of Senator Kerry and his multitude of nuances is proof
Interesting. My toilets are also Briggs, and so I'm sure that my neighbors
was too. I am still wondering why only one of them is causing problems,
though. There was a time early on about 15 years ago when I started having
problems with all three of them. I changed all of the fill valves and the
flappers in one day, and two of the three have been fine for many years now.
I know what you mean about having to trim the flapper. I saw that right
away and made sure that they fit well. But one of them STILL has a very
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