It looks like I have a leak somewhere. The back of the tank fills, then
the fills again... this is a fast one.
Any tips on how to isolate the leak? I am so hoping it is INSIDE the toilet
not OUTSIDE in the pipes!
Thanks for any advice
I'll assume that it's not leaking all over the floor or you'd of mentioned
that so it's not the tank bolts.
So it's most likely the donut between the tank and the bowl. These things
kind of disintegrate over time, the rubber gets to the point where it rubs
off on your finger. That will cause the tank to slowly leak into the bowl
which just slowly overflows down the drain without causing the siphon
effect. In the tank the water level goes down to the point that the tank
valve opens up and causes the tank to refill. Sound like what's happening?
Replacing the donut is fairly straightforward although the tank bolts have a
tendency to get very corroded and can sometimes be a bear to remove. WD-40
helps a lot here. I've had to drill and hacksaw them off before.
If you're going to be a diy'er in your new home it's worth getting a book or
three on basic home repair topics. One on plumbing will have instructions
on replacing this.
You can get a kit for replacing this at the despot for about $15 and it has
pretty good instructions with it.
Is anything holding the flapper from closing at the bottom of the tank? Extra
chain, etc... Your leak has to be in the tank itself... it's supposed to hold
the water no matter whether there's a leak elsewhere or not.
You guys are good! I will try to remember your suggestions the next time my
toilet acts up. An aside, just heard yesterday that where I live
(Vancouver) we will only be able to buy low-flush toilets after September
1st. I have heard that they don't flush nearly as well as the old style
toilets. Hope they have improved the low-flush design by now.
Stock up now on the old toilets before they are gone. They will be
worth 10 times what you paid for them after September. Buy hundreds
of them. Low flushers are junk. You got to stand there for 5 minutes
to flush them at least 3 times before everything goes down the pipe.
Too many IF's for my needs. When I wipe my ass, I wipe till it's
clean. If I want fluffy paper, thats what I want to use. A well
designed toilet should handle all of that fine, and should only clog
if someone uses a whole roll of paper, which is stupid anyhow.
The old toilet that came iwth my parents 1950's house would flush
every time. except if someone really got carried away with the paper.
The plunger dried up and got stuck to the floor from lack of use.
The late 1990's toilet in my present house is a "low water
consumption" piece of garbage that plugs at least every other time I
use it. My plunger is needed daily. I have to flush at least 3 times
after each use. As soon as I find an old used toilet, this one goes
in the garbage where it belongs.
Most likely a frog got in your tank and is drinking the water. Simply
remove the frog and your problem will be solved. Be sure to put said
frog in a proper lake or stream or you will be charged with animal
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