I have a toliet that constantly runs. When I look inside the flapper valve
seems to give and is lower on one side, allowing water to pass.
I re-adjusted it to center, and it stopped, until a few flushes later and
it's off center again. How do I fix this permanently so I don't have to
re-center the flapper valve all the time? And is this a common problem?
Well, what kind of valve do you have.
If it is fluidmaster, they have a reasonably priced flapper repair kit
that comes with neato putty and all sorts of stuff that i've used in
several houses (myself, relatives), that cures the problem, for oh, a
decade or two.
See their troubleshooting page here. Even if you don't have a
fluidmaster, it may give you some hints...
Replace the flapper--they are very inexpensive. I've seen manufacturing
defects in a few and it doesn't take much to let some water past. To be
safe plan on replacing the flapper once a year and use some cheap latex
gloves to handle it in the tank.
This has been brought up several times in the past. Sometimes
Fluidmaster does not work well with some toilets. You need to get an
OEM flapper from a plumbing supply house or even online. I fought with
my Eljer toilet to get the flapper to work. Fluidmaster or Korky did
not help. I ordered the original flapper online from Eljer, and it
I have Eljer toilets, probably pretty cheap ones. I replaced the
flapper once or twice with no problem but then I couldn't find one to
fit, including of course, the ones called "universal". Went to lots
of places, and finally found one at a family hardware store (since
closed). So I went back and bought all 5 that they had. Used up 3 of
them and started to wonder what I would do 2 later. Searched on the
web and got only 2 hits for this model of flapper.
and one hit was in Baltimore and incredbily cheap to boot. So I
bought two cases of them. If they don't get old in the box, they
should be enough to last the rest of my life. I don't want to face
the fear, horror, and hysteria of not having a flapper, like I did a
few years ago.
I'll check on the brand and model if anyone wants.
I didn't think try elger. I'm going to look at their page now.
Pretty good page. Lists every toilet they make, shows in color every
color each comes in, and lists the price. Parts seemed to be in a pdf
file, and I've agreed not to dl pdf files without consulting with my
computer codependancy sponsor, so I'll have to skip that part.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.