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Fix a Leaking Toilet in 13 Steps


Flush and Observe
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A leaking toilet is not only frustrating, but also causes extreme water wastage, which eventually leads to super high water bills. So if your toilet happens to be leaking, you better spend time and a bit of money fixing it, or else your utility bill will go through the roof.

Fixing a leaking toilet is not as hard and costly as you imagine it to be. All you need is a bit of knowledge and some basic plumbing skills.

First and foremost, you need to understand what actually causes a toilet to leak. The answer to this is an inefficient flush valve system and fills valve issues.

Here’s a step by step guide for fixing a leaking toilet:

13. Flush and Observe

First of all you need to find the problem in the components of your toilet. Even though there may be different mechanisms in every other toilet, it follows the same working pattern. Remove the lid on the tank and then flush twice, while simultaneously observing the process.

12. The Basics

Upon flushing, you will notice that the flapper rises, allowing the water (in the tank) to flow out at the bottom. Subsequently, the flapper declines when the water level decreases. Now if you notice, there’s a connection between the float and valve which allows the water to flow into the tank when the float is shut.

11. Under the Hood

Now after waiting for some time after flushing, if the toilet doesn’t stop leaking, remove the tank lid once again and check what’s happening inside.

10. Flapper Not Closed

If the tank is not filled up or water doesn’t seem to be flowing in, it is likely that the flapper has not closed (resulting in loss of water). So what you have to do is put in your hand and shut it manually.

9. Check the Chain

Moreover, you have to identify what’s preventing the flapper from shutting automatically. Is the chain impeding it? If yes, then tie it with the help of a straw to avert it from getting stuck. You can even choose to get it replaced!

8. Check the Ball

You will only implement this step if there happens to be a ball seal in place of a normal flapper. Make sure that the wire that raises the ball is positioned straight and moves smoothly.