We all know that sound, the water constantly running no matter how many times you kick it. It’s quite simple to fix so don’t let that annoyance bother you anymore. This Do It Yourself project will be beneficial for the years to come.
Assess the Situation
Make sure to evaluate if the repairs required are needed to be addressed immediately or not. The source of the leak may be due to:
- The ball/flapper can stick causing a considerably large waste-water bill
- The flapper valve and valve seat are deteriorated/corroded
- The flushing arm or chain are not working properly
- The water level in the tank is too high and spills into the overflow tube
Plumbing, if not done correctly has the knack of becoming worse before becoming better. If the repairs are extensive, it is better that you call a professional to repair it sooner than later. What’s the number to a reliable professional with reasonable costs you ask? 1800Anytyme, with over 35 years of experience, can serve your needs 24/7. If on the other hand, the repairs are not very extensive, go ahead and do it yourself and save a bundle.
First you want to go to the store such as Home Depot and buy a new universal flush valve. Preferably the kind that have the float connected right on the stem, NOT the big ball hanging off of the wire.
When you get back to the house stand in front of the toilet and locate the water shut-off valve. This should be located down below the toilet on the wall. Just turn the valve off completely (Remember righty-tighty!) and flush the toilet dry. All the water should have left the tank, or at least the majority of it. If there is remaining water get it out with paper towels or a rag. If there seems that water is somehow accumulating, it is most likely that your valve is not shut off all the way or not working which may hurt more than help your situation.
Next, unscrew the water line connecting to the old flush valve from the tank. It may be very tight so a wrench might be needed for this task. Once you unscrew the plastic nut, the flush valve should easily pull right out. Proceed by removing the existing O-ring from the tank if it is still there.
Unpack the new flush valve and scan the directions. You should add a new washer or O-ring to the flush valve when installed. Push down firmly and make sure it is seated evenly. From there, attach the water line to the new flush valve and secure the connection. Use that wrench to make sure the nut is nice and tight to prevent any further issues with the toilet.
Last but not least secure the DIY repair is perfectly intact. Open the valve all the way and water should start filling the tank. The float on the stem of the flush valve is adjustable, usually by turning a small nut on the side of the float with your hand or a small screwdriver. Just adjust it to control where you want your water level at. You may also have to adjust the chain or plastic line that attaches to the plunger from the flapper valve to make sure it seats correctly without too much slack. Flush it a few times, make sure it works and voila… you have stopped your running toilet!