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12:01PM | 10/22/05
Member Since: 10/21/05
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Once the toilet is flushed you have to jiggle the handle. The flushing stops but sounds like it is still running. I looked in the toilet and saw trickling water, looked in the tank and saw that the water looked low. So I filled up the tank and it stopped the sound. 15 mins later I heard the sound again. Once again lifted up the tank cover to find that the water was low again (around and inch or so). So I lifted the ball and the noise stopped again. I also stuck my hand in the tank and pushed down on the vertical thing that holds the ball. Not very good with what the proper names of everything are, but if you could help it would be much appreciated. Hopefully this is something that we can fix than rather resort to buying a toilet... Our house was built in 1982 and I don't suspect they would of replaced it by 1998 (when we moved in). Thanks!1

doug seibert

04:33PM | 10/22/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Currently you're having trouble with the "flush valve" or flapper......

here's a helpful website......scroll down and read about...."flush valve"

......for "tonight".....try reaching into the tank and align/adjust the flapper to stop the water from running into the bowl.....or shut off the supply beneath the tank......"running" water is expensive.......


11:24AM | 10/27/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
It sounds like you may have to replace the flapper inside the toilet tank. Shut off the water to the tank, remove the tank cover and reach inside the tank and remove the rubber flapper in the bottom of the tank. You will know what it is because it will have a cord attaching it to the handle lever. Two ears should be attached to the vertical pipe in the center of the toilet. This flapper covers the opening that allows the water to flow out of the tank into the bowl. Its what makes it flush. Take it to a hardware store and get a replacement. You must match up the flapper to the new one, because there are all different sizes. In addition, check the surface it closes against. If the surface has cracks or rivulets in it, it will leak no matter what you do.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.

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