04:49PM | 09/02/02
Member Since: 06/14/01
57 lifetime posts
My upstairs toilet runs for about 10 secs or so at various times throughout the day. Also, there appears to be a lot of dirt which forms around the toilet. I don't use it much but would like to know why this occurs. Can someone help. Thanks


06:07AM | 09/03/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
As to the toilet running now and then - you probably need to replace the flapper. Usually, something (like the flapper) is allowing the water in the tank to leak into the bowl. Eventually, the water level gets low enough that the fill valve lets more water into the tank. This is when it's "running". (If not the flapper, then next is the flush valve.) A new flapper will cost you around 3 dollars and is easy to replace.
I can't explain why dirt forms "around the toilet". If you have dirt/mud buildup inside the tank, that's another matter. I had that problem with my well water when my house was built until I got a filter.


06:22AM | 09/03/02
Member Since: 06/14/01
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Thank you very much!
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