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How To Fix A Running Toilet With No Tools
How to Fix a Running Toilet With No Tools
By See Jane Drill on 3/20/2017
A running toilet may seem like a small plumbing problem. It isn’t an emergency situation, and nothing is flooding, so maybe you can just live with it for a while. Here’s the thing, though: It’s annoying to hear the toilet cycling on and off throughout the day — and it’s adding money to your water bill. The good news is that fixing it is a very simple process, and nearly anyone can do it. There’s no need to call a plumber for this one. And on top of that, you don’t need any tools. Here’s how to make this repair yourself — in no time at all and with very little expense.
Petroleum jelly or silicone grease
A large sponge
White vinegar, bleach, or another cleaning agent
Shut off the water to the toilet at the shut-off valve.
Remove the lid from the tank, and set it aside.
Flush the toilet to remove most of the water from the tank. Then, sop up any remaining water with a large sponge.
Disconnect the toilet flapper from the flush valve and from the chain. Clean the flapper thoroughly with a solution of water and white vinegar.
Wipe down the inside of the tank thoroughly to remove mineral deposits and rust (you can also use your water/vinegar solution for this). Be sure to clean the tops of the tank bolts as well.A common cause of a running toilet is the natural mineral deposits that form in the tank and prevent the toilet flapper from seating properly in the flush valve. This prevents it from forming a proper seal, which causes the toilet to cycle on and off.If you clean out the mineral deposits and apply a sealant, such as petroleum jelly or silicone grease, it will allow the toilet flapper to start doing its job again.
Once you’ve cleaned the inside of the toilet tank and the toilet flapper, it’s time to apply the petroleum jelly and put everything back together. Note: It’s very important that the toilet flapper and everything inside the toilet tank are completely dry before you apply the jelly. Apply petroleum jelly to the top of the tank bolts, the inside rim of the flush valve, and the underside of the toilet flapper. Wipe off the excess with a clean cloth if necessary. You don’t need to use a whole lot of jelly; just a thin coat will do.
Reattach the toilet flapper to the flush valve.
Turn the water back on at the shut-off valve, and fill the tank with water.
Put the lid back on the tank, and give the toilet a test flush. It should be good to go.
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