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How to Repair a Leaking Toilet in 5 Simple Steps
You never know when your old toilet may leak. Sometimes, new toilets can also leak due to damage during installation or shipping that shows up later on. How to install a new toilet safely? Learn more. Here are five simple steps you can follow to repair a leaking toilet.
Step 1: Inspecting the Toilet
Firstly you need to inspect your toilet. Check the float and inlet valve. In most of the cases, the water level would rise above the overflow tube due to the damaged inlet valve on its ballcock. To check if it is damaged, flush your toilet and see the water as it rises, gently lift the rod holding the float till you hear the water stop. In case the water stops it is ok, else the float is damaged.
Step 2: Fixing the Float
To adjust the float, search the screw located at the top of the ballcock that helps to adjust the level of the float. Doing this you can reduce the level to which the water rises. In case the water still rises above and overflows, there is an issue with the float. The float is likely to have a hole in it that lies low in the water and never rises for tripping the inlet valve. You may need to replace the float, or a better option is to take a new rod and float for a few bucks and replace the whole unit.
Step 3: Turn off the Water
The problem is likely to occur in the ballcock as well. For this turn off the water and check whether the ballcock is broken. We recommend replacing the entire assembly. Firstly flush off the toilet and hold down the handle for removing the remaining water inside the rank. Now remove the excess water at the bottom using a sponge.
Step 4: Replacing the Assembly
This is a bit tricky but easy at the same time. You have to remove the main supply line that connects to the bottom of the ballcock that can be found on the base of the toilet. You can use the slip-joint pliers for removing the nut securing the ballcock with the tank. Now push up from the bottom and lift the out the whole assembly. Next, you have to drop in the new ballcock assembly and thread on a new nut from under the tank and tighten it using the slip-joint pliers. Make sure you don’t overtighten the nuts else it may crack the tank. Now attach the supply line again and inside the container clip the new refill tube and turn the water on.
Step 5: Testing & Replacing the Flapper
In case the water level is not rising above the overflow tube, and still, you see or hear any leaking in the bowl, there might be leakage around the flapper. Turn off the water supply and see whether the level drops inside the tank. If you see a noticeable drop in the level after 15 minutes, then the flapper is damaged.
To replace the flapper, drain the entire tank, turn off the water and wipe the flapper seat with using a clean cloth to make sure it is free from debris. Buy a new matching flapper and replace it on the hinges at the base of the overflow tube. That’s all. You are done with repairing a leaking in the toilet.
Step-by-Step Video Guide to Repair a leaking Toilet
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