Replacing A Brittle Flush Valve On An Older Toilet

Mr Rooter's Tip Of The Day: Water will start seeping out of the tank and you will hear it occasionally refilling on its own.

Youngstown, Ohio (PRWEB) September 06, 2012

“Replacing a flush valve (flapper) is perhaps the most common repair procedure performed on an old toilet,” says Bob Beall, president of Mr Rooter Plumbing Youngstown. According to Beall, “over time and due to the effects of chlorine and minerals in the water, the flexible flapper that seals the drain in the center of the tank becomes rigid.”

Mr Rooter Plumbing offers free daily plumbing tips to consumers. (Sign up in the top right corner). “When the flapper gets rigid,” says Mr Rooter, the most referred plumber in the Northeast Ohio region, “water will start seeping out of the tank and you will hear it occasionally refilling on its own.”

Fortunately,replacing a flapper is an easy task. Beall says, “Make sure, however, 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.” Mop up the remaining water with an old towel. Have some paper towels handy; sometimes the black coloring on the flapper will soil your fingers.

Mr Rooter’s Tip Of The Day

Tip #1 The first step in replacing a flapper is removing the old one. First, detach it from the tank lever.

Tip #2 Note where it is connected to the lever or tape the location. 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 #3 If your replacement comes with a circular center, cut it out with sharp scissors, leaving only the tabs.

Tip #4 Attach the tabs of the new flapper to the posts on the bottom of the overflow tube.

Tip #5 Insert the hook about halfway up the chain.

Tip #6 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 #7 As the handle is released, the flapper must close fully 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.

Tip # 8 Adjust the chain so the flapper opens fully and seats firmly in the drain hole when closing.

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