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forcedj

04:36PM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
5 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Here's another toilet problem that is becoming like Chinese water torture to me. Water continues to leak through the flapper valve, which causes the tank to top itself off every 10-15 minutes (about half a gallon of water). So, I replaced the flapper. It continued. Just to make sure, I took the tank off, set it over the sink with the flapper in place, filled it and confirmed that in fact water was leaking from around the flapper. So, I thought maybe it's the seat for the flapper valve. So, I replaced the entire fixture (including another flapper). But it still continues to leak. Any suggestions?

rpxlpx

03:19AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you've replaced the flush valve and flapper, and the water is absolutely--positively coming from that spot, then one of 2 things:
1) The flush valve is not tightly sealed to the tank where it's screwed on.
2) The tank has a hairline crack or other damage at that point.
Actually, I'd be wondering if the leak is at another point, and just appears to be there. Is there any water getting on the floor or is it all going into the bowl?
Try putting some food coloring in the tank and observe.
Do you have another similar commode in the house? Try swapping parts between them.

Another thought: can you press down on the flapper and make it stop leaking? Maybe try setting a brick on it just to prove that the problem is the flapper not sealing to the valve.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited January 28, 2003).]

forcedj

03:49AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
5 lifetime posts
Yes, I've put a weight on the flapper and the leak stopped...so I know that it's the flapper not seatting properly.

rpxlpx

05:10AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Since the valve new, then I'd have to say try a different style/brand of flapper.
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