How to Repair a Toilet Flapper in 5 Easy Steps
Posted on November 14th, 2017
Issues with the toilet are commonly seen in the plumbing industry and we are going to teach you how to fix one of the most common toilet problems. It’s a small culprit that is easy to fix, but you just need to know what you are looking for:
Step 1: Remove Lid and Locate Overflow Tube
You’ll see a white or gray plastic tube floating in the tank that is connected to two metal arms. These are called flapper guides. When you flush the toilet, they should lift the flapper up and let water flow into the bowl and out of the tank.
Step 2: Identify Your Issue
When you flush the bowl, the flapper guides should lift the rubber flapper up from the hole and allow water to flow through. Once the flush is complete, the flapper should fit right back in and stop the water so that your toilet isn’t constantly running. This does not always happen and it could be due to any of the following issues.
Step 3: Replace Chain or Wire
Over time, the chain or wire that connects the flapper guides to the flapper can become corroded or frayed. Sometimes it will snap completely or get too loose and disconnect. It could be as simple as reconnecting it to the hooks on the guide or flapper, but not always!
Step 4: Untangle Chain or Wire
If the wire is too long or loose, it can get tangled up in the flapper and actually stop it from closing completely over the hole. Small amounts of water will constantly seep from the tank into the bowl and this is just one giant waste. If you hear the noise of the toilet running when it shouldn’t be, this is the first place you should look.
Step 5: Adjust the Length of Chain or Wire
When the toilet is at rest, the chain or wire should be relatively taught. If it is not, that means you should adjust the length to prevent future issues. The flapper guides will likely have multiple holes or hooks, so just move the chain up or down to shorten or lengthen the wire. It should not be too tight to the point where it is lifting the flap without flushing.
These are simple solutions, but unfortunately, toilet problems are not always this easy to solve. For those hard to solve issues, the plumbing professionals at Plumbing & A/C Medic have your back. We can repair your toilet in no time at all and we are anxious to hear from you!