09:30AM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 08/31/09
4 lifetime posts
When I flush the toilet, everything seems in order. The toilet tank fills to its normal level and the bowl fills with water. After about 5-10 minutes, the water in the tank drops making the toilet inoperable unless I take the top off the tank and push down on the lever to fill the tank again. Then, I can go ahead and flush the toilet. If I stand there and continually flush the toilet, there's not problem. The problem comes after letting the toilet rest for more than 10 minutes or so. It doesn't happen due to any other fixtures being used either. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem or do I need a new toilet? Also, if I need a new toilet, is it hard to install yourself? I'm not plumbing savvy and don't possess the plumbing lingo.

Thanks in advance,


doug seibert

10:21AM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Open the tank and check the REFILL TUBE from the FILL VALVE to the OVERFLOW TUBE.......

If the refill tube is too deep in the overflow it will siphon water from the tank....some designs leave an air gap between the two......

Here's the toiletology site:

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."


01:40PM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
661 lifetime posts
could be flapper also not making a good seal.


05:34AM | 09/02/09
Member Since: 08/31/09
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for the prompt response Doug. I will check for that problem first with the toilet. The toilet is at a rental property, so it may take me a moment to respond to help on this issue. I'm going over there today and will let you know what I find.


05:36AM | 09/02/09
Member Since: 08/31/09
4 lifetime posts
If the refill tube is not the problem, I will also try and look for this solution, as well, and keep you posted.


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