How to Fix a Running Toilet Flapper

Flappers are made of rubber and will wear out with time. A flapper is a simple but important part of the working parts of your toilet tank. When it goes bad the toilet will run and run without ever stopping because the water leaks out into the drain where the flapper is supposed to contain it.

A running toilet is a toilet that is going to cost money AND it is wasting water. The fix is so simple that once you do it you will wonder why you never did it before. You can buy a new toilet flapper for less than five dollars and spend about 10 minutes doing the repair.

Before you get started open up the tank and take a look at the type of flapper that is already installed as a matter of fact you can cut the water supply off to the tank and remove the flapper and take it with you when you purchase the new one. Removing the old flapper is easy. Cut off the water supply and flush the toilet until no water remains in the tank. Reach in and unhinge the flapper! It is a rubber piece that fits over the drain. When you pull on the handle of the toilet tank to flush it, look for the piece that lifts out of the drain that is the flapper.

Taking the flapper to the store with you to purchase the replacement will insure that you get the same exact model and size.

Replacing the Flapper

If you have already removed the old flapper to take it with you to the store (by slipping off the chain that holds it in place) than you are already a step ahead of the program. If you have not than all you need to do is cut off the water supply, flush the toilet until the tank is empty and slips the old flapper off the hooks or chain that holds it on.

Putting on the new flapper is just as easy as taking off the old one. You simply hook it on using the existing hooks or chains and turn the water supply back on until the tank fills with water.

Give it a Flush

To check the seal on the new flapper all you have to do is give the toilet a flush to see if the seal is fitting properly. It is such a simple fix.
Posted on Jul 06, 2014


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