One of the biggest causes of a runny toilet is an old or damaged toilet flapper. The flapper is the rubber stopper that covers the hole and seals water in your tank. If it is corroded it can cause a lot of wasted water. Replacing the flapper can result in significant savings, and the process is very easy to do yourself. If you are wondering how to replace a toilet flapper in your home, follow these easy tips provided by Ben Franklin Plumbing of Durham.
1. The first thing you want to do is to shut off the water supply to the toilet. This is usually controlled by a valve at the back of the toilet bowl.
2. Next, flush the toilet.
3. Take the old flapper and remove it from the chain and hinges. Depending on the type of flapper you have you will either have to slide it up and over the overflow tube, or unhook its hinges from the overflow tube.
4. Write down your toilet make and manufacturer number, and take that information along with your old flapper with you to the hardware store. You want to be sure to purchase a new flapper that will fit your toilet.
5. When you have the new flapper, clean the area where the flapper sits, being sure to remove all debris and corroded material. You want to make sure you have a clean surface so that the new flapper can form a tight seal.
6. Take your new flapper and attach it to the hinges and chain. Make sure it slides over the overflow tube, and push it down until the ring reaches the bottom of the tank.
7. Turn the water back on and flush the toilet. Watch the flapper as you are doing this, to ensure that it sits correctly and forms a nice seal.
If you replace the flapper and are still having problems with your toilet, it may be time to call a professional. When it comes to plumbing repair in Durham, no one can match the level of service of Ben Franklin Plumbing of Durham. Give them a call today at 919-408-7200 to get help for all of your plumbing needs.