Have you ever heard water coming on and off intermittently from your toilet without anyone using it?
It really isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but a worn out component of the tank. These components which may require replacement are the tank ball or the toilet flapper replacement.
The wearing out of the tank ball or flapper permits water to trickle into the bowl. The float of the fill valve drops as the water in the tank gradually lowers, triggering the fill valve on so as to fill up the tank.
This could bring about much frustration, water wastages, or even increased water bills. Here, you will understand the function of these parts in your toilet, and also how to repair them if they malfunction.
It is very simple to perform a toilet flapper replacement, and should be completed under just a few minutes.
Items required are a small cup and bucket, latex/rubber gloves, scissors or pliers, replacement flapper, and a rag, sponge or towel.
Step 1: Take the Lid Off
Carefully take out the tank lid and place in a safe location to avoid accidental breakage.
Step 2: Shut off the Water
This usually has its valve located on the wall on the left side, facing the toilet. Turn off the water by turning the handle in a clockwise direction.
If it doesn’t turn off completely you can still continue since it will not affect this toilet flapper replacement.
Step 3: Drain the Tank
You do not need to remove all of the water, so long as it is below the flapper. Once the flapper is removed, any leftover water in the tank will escape anyway.
If you wish to keep the water however, then scoop the water out using a small cup into a bucket. You can then make us of this water on your plants. Else, flush the water from the tank down the toilet.
At this point the tank will not be refilled with water since the supply valve was already turned off. Now you’re all set to take out the flapper.
Step 4: Remove Old Flapper
In order to take out “flexible” (fully silicone or rubber) flappers, remove the strap or chain of the flapper from the lever arm of the tank.
Shift one of the arms of the flapper outward to the post and slide the hole on the arm’s end over the “L” part of the post, and lift out from the post. Repeat this for the other side.
To take out the hard plastic-type flappers, take out the flapper chain from the lever arm of the tank and carefully follow the following directions dependent on your type of hard plastic flapper.
If there is an open loop on the point where it sits on the post at the flapper’s arms, then lift up one arm while holding down the post gently. Repeat this for the other side as soon as it has released from the post.
When the flapper arms are mounted to the post on a closed loop, then shift them all through to one side.
If moved to the left side, then carefully pull the left arm and lift out from the peg. If to the right, then carefully pull the right arm and lift out from the peg. Repeat this now for the other side.
Step 5: Clean the Seal
Clean the seal region with a clean cloth, sponge, or paper towel, and wipe any residue or dirt from the previous flapper off the flush valve lip where the new flapper will be sealed.
Step 6: Install New Flapper
Begin the toilet flapper replacement by shifting down the hole at the flapper arm’s end over and on the “L”-shaped post. Then, shift the arm in the direction of the overflow hose. Repeat for the other end.
For an open loop arms hard plastic flapper, set the open loops to align with the posts and carefully press the arms down and snap them onto the posts.
Closed loop arms hard plastic flapper, shift one arm onto one peg. Then shift the flapper in the opposing side and carefully pull the arm wide in order to align with the peg and push onto it.
Step 7: Connect the Chain
Fit the strap or chain to the lever arm by connecting the rubber strap or flapper chain to the trip lever arm hole nearest to the handle, with least amount of slack in the strap/chain itself.
Step 8: Turn on Water
Turn on the water supply and let the tank refill adequately. Check the toilet flapper replacement to ensure it is properly sealed and does not allow water seep into the bowl.
It is important here to adjust the strap or chain.
If too tight, this will make the flapper loose and cause leakage of water beyond the seal. If too loose, the flapper will drop too early and not allow proper flushing of the bowl.
In this case, you need simply adjust the strap or chain.
You may need to do this repeatedly before getting it right. Any excess strap or chain should be detached because it could get caught in the toilet flapper replacement and prevent correct sealing.
Step 9: Re-install the Lid
As soon as everything is working just fine, you can proceed to replace the lid of your tank. You’ve done such a good job!
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