Hi. My toilet water (in the tank at the back of the toilet) is running
non-stop. I tried shutting off the valve underneath the toilet, but it wouldn't
budge in either direction. I removed the lid off the tank, and rather than the
usual ball-type float, there is a device called a "Fluidmaster." Do you have
any suggestions just so I can stop the water from running continuously all
night? Thanks for your help!
The float on the FluidMaster is a plastic "bucket" that rides up and
down on the central post. Try pushing the bucket down and then back up
a few times. Sometimes that will stop it.
If you're unfamiliar, I don't recommend tampering with the stuck
shutoff under the toilet; if something breaks you will be SOL.
Best thing you can do is shut the main valve off to the house.
With pressure relieved, you can take the top cap off the FluidMaster
by rotating a qtr turn. Under the cap will be a rubber "seal"
which is easily obtained at any hardware/HD.
More info here:
Could be there is a small piece of crud in there, which will clean out.
I had to replace a defective main this weekend. When I was done, I
flushed all the fixtures. A small piece of crud got stuck in the
Fluidmaster and the toilet ran on. Shut the valve, undid the cap,
cleaned the little pebble out of the valve, good as new!
Assuming you figure out how to stop the innards from running continuously,
get that shutoff valve under the tank fixed ASAP. It is not unheard of for
the connecting plumbing between that valve and the bottom of the tank to
fail. If that were to occur, you would be up that oft referred to creek
without a paddle. It would also ease future fixit jobs within the tank.
Come to think of it, fix that valve as part of the current problem solving
you are engaged in.
<< Come to think of it, fix that valve as part of the current problem solving
you are engaged in. >>
Good advice, and to add to it, use one of the newer quarter turn type valves
now on the market. Nothing works better long term in high solids water
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