Replacing A Flush Valve: The Most Common Repair Performed On An Old Toilet

Mr. Rooter's Daily Tip: Replacing a flapper is an easy task.

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Make sure to purchase a high-quality flapper that boasts of staying flexible in hard water. Then, as with all toilet repairs, turn the water off, and flush the toilet to be rid of the water in the tank.

Washington, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

“Replacing a flush valve (flapper) is perhaps the most common repair procedure performed on an old toilet,” say Bob Beall, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing Washington. “Washington Pennsylvania is a very historic town with lots of old Victorian homes,” says Beall, the most referred plumber in Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Over time and due to the effects of chlorine and minerals in the water,” says Mr. Rooter, the flexible flapper that seals the drain in the center of the tank becomes rigid.”

When this happens, according to Beall, “water will start seeping out of the tank abd you will hear it occasionally refilling on its own.” Fortunately, replacing a flapper is an easy task. According to the plumbing expert, “Make sure to purchase a high-quality flapper that boasts of staying flexible in hard water. Then, as with all toilet repairs, turn the water off, and flush the toilet to be rid of the water in the tank.” “Our plumbing technicians usually mop up the remaining water with an old towel,” says Beall.

Mr. Rooter Media, home of Mr. Rooter’s Daily Tips, is the genius idea of Bob Beall to offer FREE plumbing tips to consumers. Mr. Rooter Plumbing also offers the FREE second opinion on any plumbing job. Sign up in the top right corner to start receiving valuable plumbing tips in your email. Beall says, although he wants to add to the 2.9 million customers he already serves in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania area, “there are just some things that do not warrant an expensive plumbing expense.”

Mr. Rooter’s Tip Of The Day

BONUS TIP: Have some paper towels handy; sometimes the black coloring on the flapper will rub off and can be messy.

Tip #1 First things first, remove the old one. Detach it from the tank lever. Note where it is connected to the lever or tape the location. (A Mr. Rooter techy tip) The new one should connect to the same spot. Pull off the tabs that connect the flapper from their posts on the bottom of the overflow tube. Discard the flapper.

Tip #2 If the replacement comes with a circular center, cut it out with a sharp scissors, leaving only the tabs.

Tip #3 Attach the tabs of the new flapper to the posts on the bottom of the overflow tube.

Tip #4 Insert the hook about halfway up the chain.

Tip #5 Connect the opposite end of the hook to the handle arm. Push the handle down to see if the handle raises the flapper fully at the same time the handle would hit the tank lid, or just before. Adjust the position of the hook on the chain until it does.

Tip #6 As the handle is released, the flapper must close fully but still leave some slack in the chain. Plastic chains will connect directly to the handle but the logic of opening and closing remains the same. When you think you have the chain adjusted properly, turn the water on and let the toilet refill. Adjust the chain so the flapper opens fully and seats firmly in the drain hole when closing.

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